The goof proof way to paint a room, fast!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’ve been following #theTrailHouseReno, then you know that we’ve been busy painting the whole house, room by room.


Our goal is to completely re-paint the all of rooms before the floors are finished and especially before move in day! While I can have a fairly steady hand with an angled brush, time is not on my side when it comes to slow and methodical painting. I need a goof proof way to achieve a professional finish, fast!

The key to a fast, clean-lined paint job is proper planning, prep and using painter’s tapes, like FrogTape® brand painter’s tape.


Here are a few tips for painting a room fast with professional results.

  1. Paint top down. Start with the ceiling if necessary, then crown molding, walls and finally the baseboards.  In the past, I haven’t always painted every single surface in a room. In this house, it is obvious many of the rooms were poorly painted.  When a previous paint job is as disastrous as this, it’s really hard to achieve a professional finish without a good deal of repainting.
Fix bad paint job/Paper Daisy Design

Even though we taped the baseboard, you can see the old orange wall had bled through the previous shoddy paint job.

2. I imagine most people consider using a painters tape a time consuming step.  I have found applying tape yields a greater return on the investment of time because it actually allows you to paint faster, not to mention  finish with a crisper line. The FrogTape® Delicate Surfaces tape is perfect to use on freshly painted walls, without any worry of ruining the previous step.

How to paint a room fast/Paper Daisy Design

Peeling away the Delicate Surfaces FrogTape® while the paint is still wet insures a sharper edge

Even the Delicate Surfaces version of FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a protective seal against bleeding. (All of my trim is painted with oil based paint and I still found the PaintBlock® work just as well.)

3. For the straightest and fastest application, try rolling the tape along the edge of whatever surface you are painting. I usually unroll with one hand and use my other hand to press the tape to the edge.

How to paint a room fast/Paper Daisy Design

4. The most important step for any tape is to firmly burnish the edge of the tape to your surface. I use my finger nail, you could also use a credit card.


Updated with this Bonus Tip: Use quality brushes and rollers. My new favorite brush for cutting in is this one. The Chinex cleans up very easily and I find that I can use this brush for several more jobs afterwards.

Our dining room was painted top to bottom. Ceiling to baseboards.

Here’s a before.


And here’s the after with a stunning teal color called Deep Sea Dive by Sherwin Williams. I used FrogTape® on every edge except where the ceiling and crown molding met. I have a fairly steady hand for cutting in, but using an intense color like this, I knew a fine finish could only be achieved with thorough taping.


I’m happy to report we only have one full room left to paint.  Unfortunately though, I have decided I need to paint the trim in a few more rooms downstairs.  Seeing the brighter white in other rooms, made me realize how much better it would look with a whiter trim throughout the house. Better to do it now while the house is empty and paint drip mess is no big deal.

For more inspiration, paint tutorials and ideas be sure to check out my other paint tutorials here:

How to Paint Stairs and the Striped Staircase Makeover

Painted stairs with stripe

Paint Handrail, Stair Risers and Trim Perfectly Every Time!

How to Paint a porch. THE Right Way!

Porch barcart

Also check out the FrogTape® Pinterest PageFrogTape® painting inspiration or my Color Inspiration Board.


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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


  • Linda
    July 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Love this deep color! Rosemary let me know about your blog. Look forward to meeting you at Haven. Linda

    • Leslie
      July 5, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Thank you! I couldn’t love it more too! Sometimes, you just got to be brave and go bold. The room is going to be so beautiful. It’s a shame it will take a while to develop with all the other projects I’ve got going. Happy to have you following!

  • Dawn
    July 20, 2016 at 7:48 am

    What color white did you paint your trim?

    • Leslie
      July 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      I’m sorry my answer won’t be very helpful. It was a color match of the existing trim.

  • Tim
    February 28, 2017 at 3:04 am

    It is better to give base a prime coat even a light one is good before painting the walls, overlap a little onto the wall and that will help hide old existing paint and will help in curing any new caulk.

  • Mike
    March 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Forget the tape. Buy a decent brush and decent paint. Ask the professionals where you buy your supplies which are best. Learning to ‘cut’ around doors and windows is not hard, it just takes a little time to get the hang of it. All pro painters carry a damp rag to correct any problems. After a short amount of time you will be able to tackle anything.
    Using a damp rag to correct any mishaps is greatly shorter than taping.
    I am not a professional painter, yet I have shown many this technique and saved them
    hours of the trouble and money of using tape.

    • Leslie
      March 3, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I do agree with you about learning to cut in without tape and I do so often, but with a dark color transition like this, it was faster for me to tape. Some people just don’t have the patience for cutting in like that and that’s why there is a market for tape. Thanks for commenting!

  • Karen
    March 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Love the color you chose. Can you share the name and who makes the paint color? Thanks.

    • Leslie
      March 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Yes! This is Deep Sea Dive by Sherwin Williams. I love it!

  • Amber Clement
    February 13, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Leslie, I’m painting a ceiling that looks like the one you brought back to life in this beautiful white. Was this also Sherwin Williams paint? Did you do anything else to cover the marbled yellowish brown faux paint?

  • Tareque
    April 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I love your tips. It’s really helping me to paint my room. But I have a question…which brand color did you use?

    • Leslie
      May 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      The paint was Deep Sea Dive by Sherwin Williams in the dining room.

  • Taylor
    December 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    If you tape, it is best to tear about 15″ of the off roll and place then knife the tape down. When you use from the roll you are pulling and stretching the tape and it curls. Not good. RIP IT, DONT PULL IT!



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