When we bought our house last year, it was newly built, smelled like new wood, and had a hideous color on every wall and ceiling in the house. Ok, hideous might be a strong word for an off-white color. BUT, it had a pinkish, orangish, salmon-ish undertone that was so unpredictable every hour of the day and was so not my taste.
So as soon as we bought the house, I got to painting the walls of the whole first floor, which is 1050 square feet. I wanted to get it done before we moved in, so I only had about 3-4 days. My husband had an intensive course at his grad school that week so I was left with taking on this task on my own. So, naturally, I searched for the easiest and quickest way to do it.
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Sometimes the answer is in 1 specialized tool.
This was one of those times. I saw this edger from Shur-Line on Amazon and decided to give it a try in hopes of cutting the time to tape the ceiling and baseboards. And it totally worked! With this tool, I don’t think I’ll ever be using painter’s tape for simple wall painting projects. (Note, I was not paid to recommend this product ;))The best thing? It’s only about $5!! A good roll of painter’s tape costs about $12 and it would take multiple rolls to tape off the baseboards, windows and outlets, and the ceiling, so this edger has the potential to save you quite a bit of money!
The catch? You just need to know how to use it and that’s what I’m here for :)! I noticed many of the negative reviews for this product are the results of not knowing how to use it properly. By following my step-by-step instructions, you’ll have a no-fail way to paint all your walls without spending time and money on taping.
Before we go onto instructions, I would like to show you my recent paint (mini) project for which I used this tool.
Before and After
Because I don’t have pictures from when I painted the walls (it was before I started blogging), I took pictures to demonstrate how to use the Shur-Line edger while painting the back of my kitchen island during my recent kitchen cabinet makeover. Here’s the before and after!
Can you believe that this was possible without any tape? All the edges are so clean and sharp that they look professionally done.
How to paint perfect edges without painter’s tape
Like I mentioned, it’s important to know how to use the Shur-Line Edger in order to get good results. So, here are my tips and tricks!
1. “Paint” the edger pads instead of dipping them in paint
The edger has a wheel that glides over the edge to make sure you are applying paint in a straight line. However, if you get paint on these wheels, you will get paint all over the other side of your edge! Dipping the edger in paint ensures this will happen. So, the solution is to “paint” the edger pads like shown in the picture above. This also helps control the amount of paint you need to load the pads. Not a lot of paint is needed! Just a few strokes and you’re ready to go!
2. Work your way to the edge
Once you load the paint on the pad, don’t immediately start at the edge! Start a couple inches away and then push the edger to the edge. This will ensure that the paint is distributed evenly on the pad and that the excess paint is left behind.
3. Follow with a roller
Before the line you made with the edger has a chance to dry, follow with a roller to smooth everything out. Obviously, you should only go as close to the edge without getting paint on the other side.
Tip: Replace pads every day of painting.
This kitchen island only took about an hour to do, but when I was painting all the walls on my first floor, I was painting over the course of a few days. I washed and reused the pads when I first started using this edger, but I fount that you get the best results when you replace the pads every day of painting.
The pads are disposable and a bit flimsy, and will not stay on too well after a while. You definitely don’t want a pad loaded with paint flying through your house!
The replacement pads are only about $2.50 each, so I would go ahead and get a couple if you are planning for a big project. Even with a couple more pads, you would be spending less money than it would take to use painter’s tape or a premium brush to edge!How to get perfect edges on your next painting projects using a simple $5 tool!Click To Tweet
So, will you be using the Shur-Line Edger for your next painting project? You will surely cut down on time and money with these tips and tricks!
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