How to Paint a House Like a Professional Painter

If you are planning a house painting project and tackling it on your own you may be wondering how to get started, what you will need and how to get it done. With these painting tips from  a professional painter we are certain you will achieve the best house painting results.  Get a note pad and pencil ready to start a shopping list of the tools you will need.interior of living room painting by professional painters in Ottawa PG PAINT & DESIGN

Painting Tools Used by Painters

It starts with the proper tools.  Having the appropriate tools like the right paint brush and knowing the difference between the paint finishes and paint primers makes all the difference.  Here are a few suggestions to help get you started on your DIY Painting checklist.

These are the supplies to put on your  shopping list for painting your space:

green painters tape used for painting


Painters Tape – its uses are endless for beginners and DIYers  Use it as a guide and as protection around the glass on windows.  Taping around the edge of the glass will ensure no paint is dripped onto the glass, taking more effort to have to scrape off the paint once it has dried.

Place the painters tape on the edges of the baseboards, trim and around door frames.  It can also be used to tape off door handles, electrical outlets and light switch plates.  It is even easier to completely remove the light switch plates, electric outlet covers and door handles or cover the door knobs with a small plastic bag and tie it up with an elastic band.  This will allow you to paint without the worry of painting over any of them.

Painters tape can be the perfect ruler for painting a straight line.  Once you have placed the green painters tape where you do not want to get any paint on, you can paint as close to the edge as needed without the worry of it bleeding over into the other colour or onto another surface.  Just remember to peel it off on an angle and soon after the painting is done.  If the paint is partially dry it would be best to wait until the following day to avoid any having any of the fresh paint peel away with the tape.

plastic tarp painters use to cover furniture and floors when painting interior of house


Plastic Tarp Covering – Protect everything you do not want to be painted.  Buy a roll of plastic sheeting to cover floors, carpets, and furniture.  By placing all the furniture into the middle of the room it is easier to cover everything at one time.  It can also be easier to completely empty the room you will be painting.

Making sure you take the time to lay down drop cloths is a secure way to make sure there are no regrets after starting a painting project.  Don’t forget to put drop cloths on your to buy list.

putty knife and paint brushes used by painters for painting interior and exterior


Paint Brush, Paint Rollers and Putty Knife Invest in a good quality paint brush and paint roller.  Don’t get caught with hairs or fibers left behind on the walls, ceilings, doors or trim by using cheaper brushes and rollers.  Spending a little extra on better quality tools will avoid running into paint problems like bubbling or blistering paint, streaks and dripping look of paint on walls.  Buy a putty knife to fill nail pops, patch dents, holes or imperfections in the drywall. If there is more damage to the drywall than just nail pops or small holes then you need to get a trowel and drywall compound to do drywall repairs.  You will want to take all the necessary steps in getting things ready before painting to avoid paint blocking or sticking or paint peeling problems .  Taking the extra time to prep walls  first will avoid the headaches of later.

acrylic-latex caulk and caulking gun used by painters to seal gaps before painting


Caulking Tube buy caulking tube and applicator to seal any cracks around the windows, trim and baseboards are filled before you begin painting. Caulking before painting is an important first step to achieving good end results.



sand paper and sanding block used to by painters to give smooth surface to walls before painting


Sandpaper and Sanding Block purchasing sandpaper and a sanding block will help to smooth out imperfections on the walls or ceilings along with on the trim and baseboards.  After filling nail pops with filler or patching the drywall with compound, you should always smooth out the surface area with sandpaper.  If the area is small like the nail pops the sanding block will be fine to use.  If the area is larger like a bigger hole or dent in the wall then sandpaper should be used for the bigger area.


paint cans with rainbow coloured paint colours


If  the budget allows it, splurging on the better quality paint product will be worth it.  Because not all paints are created equal, you will want to buy a middle to top range line of paint product to ensure the smoothest finish and the easiest of applications.  The cost of paint varies by only a few dollars between the different brands.



Pro Painters Tips and Advice

Painting is one of the most common do-it-yourself projects homeowners take on to do themselves.  It does help to know the tricks of the trade to get the best results so you to can achieve the professional painting look.  Here are a few tips and advice on how to proceed with painting like a pro.

After you have purchased all of the supplies, tools and paint needed to get started you will want to make sure you take the necessary steps to prepare the drywall for painting by ensuring the imperfections such as holes, nail pops, dents and scratches have been properly taken care of by patching or repairing.  Sanding all the trim, baseboards and drywall repairs using a sponge sanding block or sheet of sandpaper ensures smooth surfaces before painting.

Tip  Painting with a paint primer first will ensure that the surface is properly sealed and the new paint adheres better.  A primer paint will cover the old paint and help prevent it from bleeding through or showing up underneath the newly painted surface.  Don’t cut corners when it comes to quality paint and primer products as there really is a difference between the paint, the primer and the all in one paints.  Splurging the extra on a better product will give you better results for your painting project.

Advice   Follow these tips on how to prepare a room for painting to ensure you are not cutting any corners.  If you have stains due to water damage or smoke stains then the Kilz Original spray can is ideal for small spot coverage like the ceiling or wood grains of trim or baseboards.  Using a good paint brush and paint roller will avoid leaving behind missed spots, drip like paint and today’s paints are formulated to flow easy and therefore requires less pressure when applying relieving you from unnecessary hand or back strain.

Tip Paint from top to bottom starting with the ceilings, then the walls and finally painting the trim and baseboards.  This is how professional painters usually paint any room. This method of painting from top to bottom should only be done if you feel you have the professional painting skills required to cut the straight lines, not splatter or spill paint onto walls or baseboards or trim. Professional painters, don’t always use painters tape because of their years of experience.

Advice If you are doing it yourself and do not have the professional skills to trust yourself to not get any paint from the walls onto the baseboards or trim, then we advise you to start with painting the trim and baseboards first, followed by the ceilings and finally the walls.  This method allows you to tape off the trim and baseboards so that the wall colour does not bleed over onto the trim or baseboards.  It will be easier and faster to just tape off the trim and baseboards then to have to tape off all the walls and ceilings too.  Wait at minimum 24 hours after painting the trim and baseboards to apply the painters tape.  After taping has been done, move on to painting the ceilings then move down to the walls.

Tip Using an angled brush to cut in the edges at the ceiling, baseboards and trim.  Then use a paint roller to apply a first coat of paint starting from the ceiling and rolling downwards.

Advice Once the painted area begins to dry, just let it dry completely before painting the second coat.  If you go back and forth over it while still wet you will end up with streaks or marks that look like you missed a spot.

Tip If you have left over paint store it so that if necessary you can do some touch ups or repaint.

Advice hiring a professional house painter and painting your space are the two things you want to make sure you have the very best of.  Because your home is an investment and maintaining with care are good reasons why you should paint.  Painting guarantees the best return on your investment if you either plan to stay for a long while or sell it.

quart of paint as sample for painting walls

When and Why You Should Hire A Professional Painting Company

Let’s just go through that shopping list one more time as it is lengthy and can become expensive, especially if you never make use of all these tools and materials after you have finished with your house painting project.  Remember just to get started on painting like a professional you should own the right tools, buy all the supplies and then put in all the effort.

Shopping List For Painting

  • Painters Tape
  • Plastic tarp
  • Drop cloths (thick heavy canvas ones) for floors and carpets
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint roller
  • Painting pan
  • Paint can opener
  • Putty knife
  • Small container of pre-mixed drywall compound to cover any holes, dents and drywall imperfections
  • Sand paper &  sanding block
  • caulk and caulking gun
  • Extension pole to use for the paint roller and sand paper
  • Good quality paint
  • Ladder you may need to buy one or two a short 2 or three steps and a longer one to be able to reach the ceilings and corners safely

If all of this sounds like too much, then it would be highly recommended to call on the professionals.  The best painters can alleviate the expenses, the hassle and the worry of doing it yourself.

Hiring a qualified painter to provide a painting estimate the quote will include all the tools, materials, supplies and paint along with all the strenous labour.  Hiring a professional painting company is not as expensive as one may think and considering all the tools and supplies needed to do it yourself it may cost you the same or more.

The question is will it be as affordable as first thought if you are left with all these tools and equipment to keep.  Will you ever use them again or do you even have the storage space for everything.  Working with the right painting contractor is an affordable and easy way to give your home a makeover.

If you want to rid yourself of the stress and worry of buying all the equipment, tools and supplies needed to paint like a professional, simply hire a professional house painter in Ottawa so that you will be guaranteed top notch quality that comes with years of experience and knowledge and your house painting investment will be enjoyed for years to come without your losing precious time that can be used for other activities.

Give us a call or drop us an email if you are looking to hire Ottawa house painting services.

This post was originally published on Mar 3, 2017 at 11:23 and edited on Feb 16, 2020