Painting like the pros, even if you arent one.

Painting. For some, it is the best way to upgrade your rooms without breaking the bank. For others, it is the worst part of upkeep that only gets done before moving. In either case, we have compiled a few of the best tips and tricks to help you get your colors from “why did we pick this color” to “this is so much better!”

Your Smithville painting process may start with some questions. Why are you painting? If you are moving, neutral colors work best. These colors work well in any area and give your potential buyers a clean slate to work on. If you are looking for a different feeling, finding color trends can help you bring your ideas to life. What size room are you going to paint? Smaller areas benefit from lighter colors, it makes them feel more roomy, while darker colors create drama and are perfect for accent walls in bigger rooms. Where are you painting? If you are painting in a well used area, an acrylic paint in an eggshell or satin finish is easy to clean up and holds up to the damages of life. If you are starting from nothing with drywall, primer is required because it fills in the pores and means less coats later. Updating your trim color? An oil or acrylic paint in semi-gloss gives a consistent finish with less coats.


When starting any painting job, your area needs to be prepped to allow for the most even coverage and hassle-free pick up. Start this by washing your walls to remove any dirt. Even the tiniest of particles of debris can cause your paint to bunch and make unwanted texture on your walls. Next, ready the rooms you will be painting. Place drop cloths, tape off any areas that are not going to painted, remove any and all hardware from the walls, and patch any holes. With that done, you may need to prime. Primer helps hide darker colors, can help create a moisture barrier, and even out any little blemishes. Now you’re ready to begin!


We have collected some of our best painting hacks to share with you!

  • A rubber band on your paint can makes it easy to wipe off excess paint and makes it easier to keep the can clean.
  • Pick up a small container of paint to test how light affects the paint color.
  • A grocery bag in the bottom of your paint tray makes a great liner.
  • Painting in a ‘W’ pattern will give you the most even coverage.
  • Removing tape about 24 hours after painting reduces the chance of peeling paint.
  • The drier the weather, drips are much less likely and the paint will dry quicker.
  • Low VOC paint, (like the ones we carry here at Packs Hardware,) help avoid chemical seeping.
  • Better brushes = better application.
  • Got wallpaper? Fabric softener works wonders to take it off (please remember you must wash the wall when you’re done.)
  • Mix the paint needed for a room together in a large container, this will help avoid slight variations in color.

Or watch this video for 22 tips and tricks:

 Whether you are a painting expert, a new home owner, or someone wishing for a new look, Packs Hardware should be your one stop shop for Smithville painting ideas, supplies, and how-tos.
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