Not every painting project is as simple as loading a roller and rolling paint onto a flat surface. But, there are usually spots in the trim where the roller can't fit. If you're faced with windows, shelving, or baseboards – listen up. This process is called 'cutting in', and it means turning the paintbrush to get as close as you can to the object for clean, smooth lines. This technique is especially important if you've got different colors on your walls and your moulding, as you don't want white baseboard paint bleeding onto your freshly painted olive living room walls (and, vice versa). So, we joined KILZ and the Queen of Renovation, Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, to see how the professionals make cutting in an easy step in the painting process. The first step to cutting in? Making sure that your brush is conditioned and ready to go. Moistening your brush beforehand with water and then shaking off excess will make it easier for the paint to come off of the brush. It also greatly helps in cleanup, later. Take a look.
[MUSIC] To make your paint job look more professional, I'm gonna show you how you trim out around the edges and these borders where the roller can't fit. Pros call this cutting in. You want to start with your two Two inch angled sash. But before you start painting you want to condition your brush first, you're gonna simply dip it in some water, shake the water off. What this does is it makes the paint come off the brush easier, and it makes the final cleanup a lot simpler. After you've conditioned the brush you're gonna dip it into the paint, but one thing to remember is that you don't want to dip the brush all the way up to this metal part, which they call the ferrule. Once paint gets underneath here, this is when the bristles actually fall out. It also makes cleanup a lot harder. So you're gonna dip it in the can, remember, only about an inch. So you want to start about a quarter of an inch off the trim. As you see, I've taped off the trim here. Gonna start about a quarter of an inch off. You're gonna hold it like a pencil so you have a really good grip. You're gonna let the paint go off the longer bristle first, then you're gonna follow it down. [MUSIC] So once you trimmed out the edges, you're gonna wanna roll the paint on the wall while this is still wet and that would make a seamless finish [MUSIC]