The Right Tools for The Job

Last updated: June 28, 2013

White painted kitchen, white table, lower white kitchen cupboards with window above, and a brown-step staircase on the right with glass railing

Choosing the right tools for a painting project can be the difference between spending an entire weekend painting one room and finishing your painting project with enough time to spend a day enjoying the sunshine.

When walking into most paint supply stores, the amount of tools available to a do-it-yourself painter can seem overwhelming. Let us help make things a little simpler.

Choose higher quality products – Higher quality products are often reusable and can be cleaned and saved for your next painting endeavor. Also, better product will give you better quality results and make the application process easier and sometimes safer too.

Rollers – Your roller is a very important tool and it is necessary to go with a good quality one. Lower quality rollers can texture the walls as well as leave lint behind. For high shine finishes use a smaller nap roller and larger nap for flatter finishes such as a ceiling.

Paint brushes – Choosing the right paintbrush will depend on the kind of paint you are using and the surface being painted. If you are using latex paint, a paint brush with synthetic bristles is required but if you decide to go with oil or varnish, we suggest spending the extra money and getting a paint brush with natural bristles. This will help in the application of these types of paints. If you’re painting a small surface like trim or in a tight space, switch to a smaller brush to make accidents less likely and allow you to get into the tricky spots.

Drop cloths – Drop cloths are a necessity when it comes to painting and play a very important role in preventing drips on your floors and furniture. Invest in a drop cloth. Newspaper or an old bed sheet will not protect surfaces the way a drop cloth will and you can always save and reuse your drop cloths in the future.