Top Ten Tools and Tricks for Painting a Room

Most people know that painting a room is one of the easiest and economical ways to update a space; however, the process can seem daunting without the right tools and knowledge of where to start.
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I was lucky to grow-up with parents who not only considered Home Depot a weekend family destination (for the record, home improvement stores are about as exciting as watching paint dry when you’re a kid), but who took on more painting projects with each move around the country than I can honestly count! My dad even gave us a ‘Painting Starter Kit’ when we moved into our little pink house, and my mom was there on day one, ready to tackle our bedroom with me! Here’s a list of tools and tricks that have made painting our new house so much easier!

1.) Invest in a Step Stool: Unless you’re the next NBA All-Star, you’re going to need something to stand on to reach the ceiling and upper wall. Ladders are great, but they can get bulky and heavy to constantly move around. A simple collapsible step stool will do the trick in most cases.

Image courtesy: www.cpsc.gov

Image courtesy: www.cpsc.gov

2.) Extendable Roller Brush: Who wants to have to switch between roller brushes in the middle of painting! Extendable roller brushes are long enough to help you paint your ceiling, but collapse to a standard size for close-up spots.

3.) Paint Key: Many paint stores will give you a paint key with your purchase, just ask! If not, they are very inexpensive and will save your sanity and your car keys when you’re trying to pry a paint lid off for touch-ups!

4.) Disposable Paint Trays: Oh my gosh are these a time saver! Disposable paint trays fit inside your standard try and allow you to quickly switch between colors, and clean-up in minutes!

5.) Mini Paint Bucket: I’m so happy my mom told me about these!! These little paint buckets come with a handle and magnetic clip for your brush. Hard to reach areas and touch-ups become a breeze, and you never have to worry about your brush drowning in paint, since it stays clipped to the side of the bucket!

Image courtesy: www.thehouseofsmiths.com

Image courtesy: www.thehouseofsmiths.com

6.) Tint Your Primer: Primer comes standard in white; but, you can have it tinted to whatever paint color you’re using! This can save some serious time, since it usually leads to fewer coats of paint to finish the job!

Getting ready to paint our guest room! I think the prep work is the longest part of any DIY project!

Getting ready to paint our guest room! I think the prep work is the longest part of any DIY project!

7.) Paint Edgers: Cutting in is a necessary, yet sometimes painful process, but not with a paint edger! This tool glides across the edges of your wall creating a perfect line that would take ages with an angled brush.

Image courtesy: www.homedepot.com

Image courtesy: www.homedepot.com

8.) Plastic Sheeting with Painter’s Tape Attached: If you’re trying to cover any immovable furniture or cabinets in a room, this stuff is a must! It’s self adhesive, so you never have to worry about the protective sheeting falling down or moving while you paint.

Using plastic sheeting with the tape attached saved me so much time and sanity when we were updating our kitchen! To see the full process click here.

Using plastic sheeting with the tape attached saved me so much time and sanity when we were updating our kitchen! To see the full process click here.

9.) Wrap Your Brushes and Trays in Plastic Wrap: You heard me. Preserving your tools in plastic wrap allows you to step away for a break, or to quickly switch between colors without worrying about your paint drying out.

10.) Take the Time to Tape: This is true for almost every DIY project. The outcome is usually only as good as the time taken to properly prepare. Spend the time to tape areas that won’t be painted, and invest in good quality tape for your project.

Here’s a quick reference guide for your next painting project!

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Good luck on your next paint project!

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