Cutting In: What's Your Preference?

Cutting In: What's Your Preference?

Regina Yunghans
Aug 12, 2010

We're painting our interior walls and trying freehand cutting-in for the first time (i.e. no blue tape). It helps that the wall color and trim color are not highly contrasted, and we're starting to get a feel for it.

cutting in with the freehand method

Of course, as with most things, there are gray areas. Some products are out there that allow you to cut in with a flat sponge tool (as in the image below). We're using a plain old 2" sash brush and it's really working fine. We're enjoying the fact that we aren't plunking down $15 a roll on blue tape or spending a lot of extra time putting it up. It does add some need for extra carefulness when you're doing the actual deed but - at least for our low-contrast cutting in - the freehand method seems to be working just fine.

using a special applicator for cutting in

What method have you employed when painting your walls? Please share any tips or tricks below!

(Images: Wendell T. Webber/Real Simple, DIY Network, Apartment Therapy)

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