Before you begin rolling the walls, painting the perimeter of a room with a brush, or cutting in as it is called, is an essential part of the decorating process.
Cutting in corners where the two adjoining walls are the same colour is relatively straightforward.
But where beginners can run into trouble is along ceilings, mouldings and other areas that need a perfectly straight line of paint.
To help you increase the speed and accuracy of your technique, here is our foolproof guide to cutting in.
1. Use a separate pot
Rather than dipping your brush into the tin the paint comes in, transfer a small amount to a separate container.
Pour only about 25mm of paint into the container, as this will prevent you from dipping in your brush too deep, reduce the weight and make cleaning up easier if you spill any.
Your local hardware store should have plastic paint pots for about $4, or metal containers for about $8.
Removing the rim of an empty paint tin with a can opener will also give you a fully usable container.
2. Pat your paintbrush
Wiping the brush on the edge of a pot after dipping it is a common practice, but it’s not very efficient.
It’s better to dip the bristles about 25mm into the paint and then just pat the paintbrush against opposite sides of the pot.
With that quantity of paint on the brush, you will be able to cover more of the surface before you need to reload it.
3. Wiggle into corners
Moving the brush a little in tight corners helps the paint release more efficiently.
Wiggling the brush is also a good technique for filling in areas you’ve missed as you make a second pass.
Just a little vibration is all that’s needed to get great results.