How to Paint in Corners Like a Pro


How to Paint in Corners Like a Pro

Corners are some of the hardest parts of a room to paint. If you aren’t careful, you could end up with layers of paint that are too thick. This could cause them to peel over time, leaving you with unsightly walls (and another painting project). Knowing how to paint corners properly will save you the headache, and make your finished room look like it’s been professionally painted. Just follow these steps!

  • Use a smaller brush than you would for the rest of the walls. Choose a two-inch brush, if possible. Before you use it, make sure that its bristles are in good shape (i.e. not bent, broken or poking out at odd angles.)
  • Dip the brush straight into the paint and tap off any excess. If it seems like you have excess paint, which can cause paint to “pool” in the corner, simply run the brush up and down the wall several inches away from the corner until you have just the right amount left on. You’ll fill this in later when you paint the rest of the walls.
  • Hold the brush so that its bristles are in the corner space where the two walls meet. It should be vertical, not horizontal. This means that the entire base of the bristles is in the corner.
  • Start at the top of the wall and slowly pull the brush down. The edge of the bristles should be pointing slightly upwards. Don’t press too hard, or you’ll leave too much paint behind.
  • Follow steps two through four until the entire corner has been painted. Go back over the area if necessary in order to remove any brush marks. Once it is, you can now fill in the wall space leading out from the corner on both walls with horizontal strokes.