Whenever painting a room or your house, we need to start with the basics. Let’s start with the most important aspect of painting: “The Proper Way to Paint Your home Using a Paint Brush”.


If you’re looking for a high-quality paint job, here are some steps to teach you how to properly paint with a Paint brush!
Also, please watch this video How to Paint Your Home with a Paint Brush

Part 1: Prepping The Room for Painting


To setup or prep the room , you must:

  • Cover the floors with plastic and drop cloths.
  • Remove all light switch and electrical plate covers. Or, cover them with painters tape.
  • Put painters tape around the edges of window sills, door frames, etc. However, most professionals don’t need to do this. So only do this if you are not confident with your ability. 
  • Remove any window coverings.
  • Cover any lights or ceiling fixtures with plastic if you are painting the ceilings. 

Also you can watch this video about “How to Prep Home Before Painting

Part 2: Pick the Right Brush

  • Match your paint with your brush. Latex brushes do not go well with oil-based paint, and oil brushes do not go well with water-based paint. 
  • Generally speaking, nylon paint brushes are the most popular with latex; and bristle brushes go with oil/alkyd paints.
  • Usually 2”-3” angular brushes are best for edging/cutting in.

 Part 3: Painting With a Paint Brush

Next up, the actual Home Painting process can begin! When you start to paint, remember:

  • To pour a quart of your paint into an empty paint can or small pail; never use a full can of paint as you are prone to paint spills
  • When dipping your paintbrush into the bucket, make it only about 1-2 inches deep. Never submerge your entire paint brush in the paint can. 
  • Using the “bang-load” technique: after you have paint on your brush, lightly bang both sides on the inside of the paint can so there isn’t an over excessive amount of paint on your paint brush. If you are an amateur, then simply wipe excess paint off onto the side of the can will work also.
  • When you are painting wood trim, try to paint from the top-down. 
  • When the brush starts to drag against the surface you are painting, simply add more paint to your brush.

Part 4: Home Painters Toronto – Painting Pro Tips

  • Buy the absolute best paint brush that you can afford; it’ll go a long way. Also, quality brushes can last months and years if taken care of. 
  • When holding the brush, hold it like a pencil. This will give you more control when cutting or edging in. 
  • Make sure to brush in long strokes, since short strokes will leave marks in the paint. 
  • Once you have finished painting an area, do NOT go back to it and start painting again until the surface is completely dry. Also, if you see that you missed an area, it’s important you don’t go back to it until AFTER it has dried or you will see inconsistencies and can ruin the painting that you already did. This is especially bad if you are using oil paints. 
  • When cutting/edging in, make sure you start a bit away from the cut line or cut edge. This way if there is too much paint on the brush, you won’t have a paint overspill to the other area, causing a bad cut line. 
  • Check your painting AFTER it has dried. Sometimes 1 coat of paint isn’t enough. So you need to wait until the paint has been absorbed by the surface and is completely dry so you can see if there are any paint streaks showing through. Also, check it in different lights. Daylight is always the best. 
  • If you feel one coat won’t be enough, it’s always better to make 2 thin layers of paint, rather than 1 thick globby coat, which will be prone to sag as well. 
  • Try to keep your paint brush clean. If you get paint on it, simply wipe it dry with a rag. If your paint brush handle has paint on it, then your hands will be dirty. And if your hands are dirty, then everything you touch around you will be dirty also.

Part 5: Don’t forget to Clean Up

  • As soon as you’re done painting, wash your paint brush immediately. 
  • If you are using latex paint, you can wash it in normal tap water. If oil or alkyd paint, paint thinner or varsol works best. 
  • If you are in a situation where you cannot wash your brush, be sure to wrap it in a bag so air can’t get to it. Then wash it at your soonest convenience. Once your paint brush is dried up, it is ruined and will have to throw it away. 
  • If you take care of your paint brushes, they will last for years to come.

And there you go! You are now equipped to apply a beautiful paint job to your home.

As always, we can step in and take a load of work off of your hands.

With over 25 years of experience in home renovations in Toronto and the GTA, we can get this job done for you. We are a top rated painter on HomeStars.com and are regularly seen on House and Home Magazine’s Media Channel . We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and are always ready to take care of you!

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