1. Invest in a good brush. (His 8$ Rubbermaid brush put my cheap ones to shame! My friend and I fought over his brush after he generously lent it to me - feeling pity for us after seeing my supplies).
2. Never use painter's tape. Or - if you use it, peel it up while the paint is still WET. I found this out the hard way, after letting the red dry... and watching the latex (now turned to a plastic-like substance) peel mercilessly off the wall as I tugged on the tape. I did the entire room today without painter's tape, and it looks MUCH better - and no mess to patch up later!
3. Use a tiny flat paintbrush (such as what you would allow your kids to paint watercolors with) to do trim corners, make straight lines, or go around light switches or plugs. I made the most awesome corner crease today between the red and gold using a little brush like this.
4. When putting glossy paint on, use the roller going down the wall from the top as your last stroke. The gloss looks better this way.
5. And I already said this, but once again, never judge your RED paint until you have two coats on and it is dry!
NOW FOR THE PHOTOS: