Top Tips For Painting In And Around Fixtures

Are you considering painting your home but are hesitant because of the fixtures? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We’ll share with you our top tips for painting around and in front of light fixtures, outlets, and other obstacles. Get ready to take on that paint job like a pro!

Light fixtures

Working your way around light fixtures on walls or ceilings, there are certainly tips on how to paint like a pro! You will want to start off by considering your safety, switching off any power to the area or your home. Then dusting your ceiling and removing any cobwebs. If cobwebs or dust are your paint, you may find a discolouration or texture in parts of your ceiling. Next, remove parts of fixtures that you can including lightbulbs, fan blades, lamp shades or canopies. Canopies are the covering that protects wires for pendant lights. 

If you have any components that couldn’t be easily removed, cover with plastic bags and secure with painters tape. This will protect your fixtures from any potential paint splatters or dripping while working in and around your suspended fixture. Once everything is covered, secure painters tape around the edge of your fixture’s base where it’s attached to the ceiling or wall. Ensure that it is smoothly placed, if there is not a proper seal you may find an uneven finish.

Before starting, make sure you lay drop sheets or plastic on the floor to protect carpet or floorboards. Now, grab your brush and start by painting a band around the base of your fixture. To avoid circular textures around the base, you will want to feather your strokes from the base out. Do this until you have given enough room to use a roller to finish the wall or ceiling. 

When complete, carefully remove tape and plastic and reinstall removed components where needed and switch your power back on!

Wall outlets

With wall outlets, they are quite simple but can have key areas where things may go wrong. The perfect way to start is by switching off the power supply to that room or the home. Next you’ll need to dust the area to ensure you won’t have any odd discolouration, then remove the outlet cover with a utility knife or spatula. Removing the cover is important, a lot of people tend to paint around it. Resulting in getting paint on the cover which can end up sealing it to the wall. This makes for more work later down the track if you need to replace it, as you could damage the paint or plaster. 

Now bring out the handy painters tape, securing it around the outlet and smoothing down to ensure no bubbles. Now paint around the outlet, similar to your lighting fixtures by starting with a small band around the outlet. Then feather your stroked out until you are able to use a roller for the larger areas of your wall. When dry, remove the tape and reinstall the cover. You should now have a professional finish around your outlet! You can apply these steps to painting around light switches as well.


Painting behind your toilet can be one of the hardest tasks for DIY painters. Even the smallest brush won’t be able to fit behind it entirely. There are a range of specialty tools for those willing to give it a go, such as painting pads. But there are some hacks to using a few brushes and roller!

Start by cleaning the wall surface and toilet, then wrapping the toilet tank with sheets of plastic or rubbish bag. Secure tightly with painters tape. The reason for specifically choosing plastic is because it isn’t as bulky as your canvas or fabric drop sheets. Now, with a mini roller work your way around the tank and as far behind it you can. If there isn’t enough space even for a mini roller, use a rat tail or cutting brush to get as far behind the tank. 

Once paint has been left to dry, remove plastic and tape from the tank. If in doubt on this DIY, you can be sure professionals like our SAGE team uses their precision and skills. Believe it or not, but they can paint the whole wall behind a toilet tank with only their brush!

Windows & Doors

There are tips to getting into these tricky areas, making it look like the work of a a pro. The first is of course cleaning the surfaces so there isn’t any risk of discolouration in your paint job. The next is investing in a few things; painters tape and a mini roller or roller for doors, trims and cupboards. Most window and door frames are an alternative colour to your wall. You will want to tape off on the seam of where the paint changes, to ensure a smooth finish.

Using the roller, you can easily and quickly go around the frames without resulting in different textures on the wall. You can still use a brush for these tight areas, just needing to be conscious with your strokes to ensure they blend with the rest of the wall.

Is your project getting the better of you?

So whether you’re seasoned or just starting out on DIY painting projects, be sure to keep these tips in mind. If you ever get stuck on how to best tackle a tricky spot, don’t hesitate to contact the SAGE Painting team to take on the project!