it’s time to put the paint on the walls
Let’s begin with strategy. According to Berwick, you should always work from top to bottom, which is thankfully, how most of us naturally attack a wall with paint. Ideally, you’ll have a two-person paint team—aka it’s time to enlist a friend or roommate. One of you will cut in, or paint the straightest line possible at the top of your wall, while the other paints down the wall filling in your “outline”. The name of the game is never letting a “hard line” dry, which means your straight, bristle-drawn outline needs to be joined with your partner’s roller paint contributions ASAP. Berwick explained it as painting “wet to wet”, meaning the wet outline painted by person #1 is always met with wet roller paint from person #2. Once you let hard lines dry, there’s no fixing them—painting even coats over simply darkens dried lines.
Now that you understand how to tag team your walls, we can move on to more specifics, like how much paint to pick up with your brushes. Both experts agree, you should pick up as much paint as you can.
Berwick said of using a bristle brush, “I get a lot of paint on my brush and get it on the wall quickly, then spread it around a bit till I get the perfect amount on the tip of my brush to cut in all while evenly spreading it out.”
Watson said, “With a new roller, you want to roll it a bunch of times in the paint.”
Twenty-five to one hundred times (!!) should be about right. He noted you should stop just before the roller is soaking and starts to drip.