DIY interior paint: Tips and tricks for a professional look

Some new paint can really freshen up a room. And you've decided to do it yourself. Great!

You're all done and you notice that you missed a spot. What do you do?

Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman, Consumer Reports deputy home editor, says wait for the paint to dry which usually takes about four hours.

"You need to hold on a little bit," Kuperszmid-Lehrman says.

"If you go in there and touch it up right away, you're probably going to mess up all the other paint around it," she adds.

Same thing goes for a drip. Wait for the paint to dry, then use some fine sandpaper to remove the run and then retouch the paint.

"If you're finding that you paint is tending to run, you might be putting too much paint on the roller or you might be pushing the brush too hard," says Kuperszmid-Lehrman.

And what about that brush?

Consumer Reports says synthetic bristles tend to hold latex paint better than a natural bristle brush. And these days most paints are latex.

For rollers, avoid cheap ones with obvious seams. Lehrman says you want synthetic rollers with a short nap.

"Those tend to work vest on walls, ceilings and trim. You only want to use a longer knap roller for textured walls," Kuperszmid-Lehrman says.

More Info: Consumer Reports Paint Buying Guide