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The Best Hacks to Paint a Room Without Tape!

My new home was shade of yellow in almost every room, so I had to figure out the best painting hacks to paint a room without tape. I learned some tricks on how to paint trim without tape that save me a ton of time!

I’m not crazy about painter’s tape because it takes a while to line up tape and I do better painting a room without tape.

Since I painted my entire house from top to bottom, I learned some painting hacks along the way.

If you are like me, you will find those imperfect lines while you are laying on the couch.

These sloppy painted lines will keep staring back at you.

Okay, so if you didn’t notice I am a bit “Type A” personality when it comes to my paint projects.

Read on to learn how to paint a room without tape using my favorite painting hacks!

How to Paint a Room Without Tape- Along Ceilings

The key to achieving a clean line when painting a room without using tape, is to have an angled brush.

An angled brush gives more control, and allows you to easily follow along the area that you are cutting in.

These angled brushes have a short rubber handle to allow for a strong, but flexible grip to simplify paint projects.

I highly recommend this Wooster Angled Brush because this made cutting in, so easy and the brush is so cheap.

If you can’t tell, I love this angled brush so much!

wooster angled brush to paint a room without tape
When cutting in along ceiling, make sure to leave a little space along the top near the ceiling.
how to paint along ceiling without tape
Then apply a light to medium pressure and work your way up toward the ceiling to use any excess paint before dragging the brush along the top of the wall.

Painting Hacks to Cut in Along Ceilings

Cutting in along the ceiling can be intimidating because this is the line that is the most noticeable.

This line along the ceiling will be easier to paint if you use an angled brush and take your time.

Make sure to not use too much paint along cuts because the paint can drip or smear along the ceiling.

I start by dipping an angled brush into the paint can.

Then I wipe off excess in the can or drag the paint beneath the area that I am working on.

painting along the ceiling, painting a room without tape
Use the Wooster Angled Brush to lightly drag excess paint below the ceiling then work your way up.

I am right-handed, but occasionally I switch to my left hand to get the best angle to paint certain areas.

Try to switch hands if you can’t get the best angle to achieve a clean paint line.

Just take your time painting a room without tape, especially if you are using your other hand.

painting a room without tape
The line comes up very clean with this technique.
See the very bottom of this post for a video of how I cut in along the ceiling.

How to Paint Along Baseboards

When I paint baseboards, my favorite painting hack is to use a 3 x 5 index card.

I use my favorite angled brush and paint the center of the baseboard first to use excess paint.

Then I work my way along the floor and top portion of the baseboard.

I drag the index card along the floor against the baseboard to avoid getting paint on the floor.

painting baseboard
Use index cards to cover the floor as you paint along the bottom of baseboards.

Make sure not to use a paint brush soaked in paint against the index card.

The index card is only used to catch any light brush strokes that might have brushed against the floor.

Make sure to wipe off excess or start painting toward the middle area of the baseboard to use the paint.

painting baseboard
Here I am showing how I paint along the top portion of the base board. I am only drag a few bristles along the top. This provides enough paint for a nice clean line.

To achieve a clean line along the top of the baseboard, I only drag a few bristles of the angled brush along the top of the baseboard.

If you get a little paint on the wall while you are painting the trim, it will usually wipe off if you get it right away.

How to Paint Trim Without Tape

The key to achieving clean lines is a good quality angled paint brush and a few painting hacks.

There is no need to spend time trying to get tape in the right place.

With these tips on how to paint trim without tape, you can grab a brush and start painting.

When I paint trim without tape, I use the same Wooster angled brush and the paint that I used for the baseboards.

I dip the angled brush into the paint and start in the middle of the trim to use the excess paint.

Then I work my way to the inside and outside of the trim.

painting trim, How to paint trim without tape
Painting trim with my left hand because it is an awkward angle to paint with my right.

To paint the trim without tape, dip the brush in the paint and wipe off some of the excess.

Then I lightly drag the angled brush along the side of the trim making sure not to overlap the white part of the trim.

painting hacks, How to paint trim without tape
Painting along trim

If you slightly drag too much paint, try to pull the brush back in against the side of the trim and finish painting the rest.

How to Paint Trim Without Tape- Step Back

Step back and see where you exaggerated the line and take the angled brush and go back against the line to try to blend it.

If the line is just not blending, let the paint dry and go back in with the paint that you used for the wall to try to cover the area.

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I’ve painted my vanity, kitchen cabinets, furniture, every room in my home, and much more.

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How to Correctly Use a Paint Roller

Painting with a roller is simple, but there are a few things that you want to avoid.

First purchase a good quality roller, I recommend the Wooster rollers or Purdy Marathon rollers.

Also, make sure that your roller is not too saturated in paint or you will splatter paint.

Once you have a roller that is lightly dampened it is time to paint those walls.

Use a W Motion

Begin rolling in an up and down motion then a “W” motion.

Painting in a “W” motion allows the paint to be evenly distributed on the wall without creating any paint lines.

Painting up and down can cause lines and drip marks on the wall that are hard to smooth out.

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I am particular with my products (after a lot of trial and error), so I listed my favorite ones here.

Also, make sure to apply a light to medium pressure when using the roller.

You do not want to push too hard or you will create lines with the paint.

If you have to apply a heavier pressure then you probably do not have enough paint on the roller.

For areas that are tight and you cannot make a “W” shape, you can roll in an upward and downward motion or side to side.

Make sure that you do not have a lot of paint on the roller when painting these tighter areas.

I typically will dampen the roller than roll in a larger area where I can use the “W” motion to use up some of the paint.

Then when the roller has a little paint left, I go into those tighter areas with the roller.

paint brush roller
Roll Paint in a “W” Motion to prevent any paint lines

Painting Hacks – How to Paint a Room

To reuse brushes and rollers for the same project, place the brushes in a plastic zip lock bag or wrap rollers in a couple of plastic shopping bags.

I do not rinse brushes or rollers before placing them into the bag.

You can leave whatever paint is left on the angled brush or paint roller, and put them in the airtight bag.

The brush or roller can last up to a week in the airtight bag.

paint brush roller
If the roller will not go on all the way then you may have dried up paint stuck at the end of the roller. To get this dried up paint off, lightly scrape the paint to get the paint to loose. Once the paint is loosened, you should be able to peel the rest of the dried up paint off.
angled paint brush
Save money and place used rollers and paint brushes in airtight plastic bags for up to a week!

Now that you’ve learned how to paint a room, check out one of our other posts on paint color ideas!

I hope you found these post useful. Feel free to send us a message with any questions or tips yourself.

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