Here’s a fun fact: I couldn’t paint a portrait to save my life, but I rock at painting interior walls. We just finished painting all of the common areas of our house a week or two ago. We did it ourselves, because we just couldn’t swallow the $3,000 to $5,000 price tag to pay someone to do it.
One problem many folks have when painting interiors is figuring out how to change or transition colors on curved or rounded drywall corners, or what’s also known as a ”bullnose” drywall corners
Rounded drywall corners are just that – smooth and rounded. They don’t have a clean edge. And if you have an open floor plan, it seems impossible to try and transition paint colors with these types of corners.
But if you know the right painting technique, painting rounded drywall corners is actually super easy and looks GREAT if you take your time. And think of all the money it will save you to do it yourself!
Painting Curved Drywall Corners Like A Pro
I’ve done a quick video to show you step-by-step how to paint rounded drywall corners, but if you don’t want to watch, just follow the steps below. However, I highly recommend watching the video to fully understand the technique.
1. Start with a clean area.
2. Using short pieces of blue painters’ tape about 6-12″ in length, make a tape line from top to bottom right through the middle of the rounded drywall corner. DO NOT use one long piece to make a straight line down the corner! Inevitably, your line become crooked. By using overlapping pieces of shorter tape, you can eyeball the straight line and make minor adjustments where needed. Press the tape firmly onto the wall and make sure you don’t have any buckles or creases.
When you’ve got your blue tape line adhered to the wall from top to bottom, you’re ready to paint.
3. Use a 1″ brush to paint the curved drywall corner. You are going to paint in a HORIZONTAL motion, starting ON the painter’s tape and painting across onto the wall you want painted. This method avoids bleeding under the tape. Do not paint up and down (pieces of the brush can get under the tape and bleed through). Do not paint from the side you are painting onto the tape. Again, this causes bleed through.
4. Continue using this horizontal painting motion down the entire paint line. Make sure you are painting far enough across on the side you are painting a new color, so that you can easily roller over to hide the paint brush lines.
5. Once your tape line is painted, roller the rest of the wall. Do not roller over the tape; just overlap slightly with where you painted with the brush.
6. Let the paint dry completely. Do not remove the blue tape from the curved drywall corner!
7. When the paint is fully dry, slowly remove the tape. You will be amazed at how clean and sharp your line looks!
Good luck and happy painting!