Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

By Noreen Doll.

Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier.

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Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down.

Foam Brushes

Get a couple of bags of multiple sizes of foam brushes.

They do edges nicely because of the beveled tip.

They don’t last really well, but are easy to use, cover nicely, no brush strokes, and can be tossed when the job is done.

No clean up!

Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips

Here’s an easy way to hide paint drips on brown or natural wood surfaces.

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Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips

Remove Dried Paint Splotches Easily and Cheaply

Try this idea for removing dried paint splotches before you spend a lot on paint removers.

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Remove Dried Paint Splotches

Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards.

This was so quick and easy, I almost enjoyed this part of painting which normally I hated to do.

Easy, No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards - Crafty Journal

Easy, No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

Use Alcohol Wipes to Clean Paint off Your Hands.

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DIY Alcohol Hand Wipes

After you’ve been painting for a while, paint that has attached itself to your hands or arms can become dry and difficult to remove.

Using these alcohol hand wipes that you’ve made ahead of time can help you remove the paint much more easily.

More Tips.

  • Take off your shoes and wear old socks when you paint. Feet don’t stick to the plastic floor covering and socks can be removed when you exit the room to keep from tracking paint. Toss if they get ruined.
  • Cereal Box. Cut one open and lay it flat to slide under a door you are painting to protect the floor from drips.
  • Rub vaseline all over your hands and lower arms before you start painting. Paint will be easier to remove, and your hands don’t get so dried out from much washing to remove the paint. Reapply vaseline after washing your hands.
  • If you drop a splotch of paint on the plastic floor cover, put a piece of paper towel (or folded piece if it’s a large splotch) on top so you won’t be stepping in the paint and spreading it around.

How to Remove Furniture Dents in Carpet.

Fast Way to Heal Chapped Hands


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal


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  1. We have several rooms that need painting this summer – thanks for the tips :)

  2. Great tips to paint house. Very useful ones. Next time we paint the rooms, I am sure going to use the sox, vaseline and alcohol wipes. Thanks for the links too.

  3. Cheap and amateur are my favorites :) Great tips, thank you.

  4. I am planning on painting my kitchen this fall and I am a very messy painter so I have not been looking forward to it. Thanks for the great tips!

  5. All super great tips! I saved this post for future reference. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays at Our Home! Have a great week! Maria

  6. Good tips! We’ll definitely be using some these as we venture into painting the next home we live in! :)

    Swinging by from Turn It Up Tuesdays!

  7. We are redoing our kitchen. These tips are perfect! Im cheap! and Im an amateur ! Perfect! Thank you :)

  8. awesome tips thanks, I never thought about the foam brushes but that makes a lot of sense!

  9. We are in the middle of repainting our living room and kitchen and these are some awesome and very helpful tips. Thanks for putting them together! Pinned :)

  10. Coming to you from Wake Up Wednesday. I’m one of the cohosts. Thanks for your article. I keep saying I need to paint but haven’t yet.

  11. Love painting tips! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Linky Party!

  12. I need to do my baseboards this week. great ideas.

  13. Great tips-I hate paint splotches! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  14. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m suddenly in the mood to do some painting and redecorating…. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  15. Great tips! I am in the midst of painting right now…..with black enamel!! Pinning this for future use too! thanks!

  16. These may come in real handy soon. I will be painting the bathroom and some furniture.

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I’m painting this week so thank you! Pinned for reference!

  18. Awesome tips! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  19. Definitely appreciate the tip about the dried paint splotches on floors – I’ve many an ‘oops’ leftover from when we painted a couple rooms in our home! Thanks so much for linking up at Link It or Lump It!

  20. These are awesome tips! So helpful for painting!

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