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Essential Tools for Your Next Home Painting Project

Painting is an easy and cost-effective way to makeover a room. It can make a room feel bigger and even lift your mood if you choose the right color. If you have a painting job in the future, you will want to ensure that you have the right tools.

When it comes to painting supplies, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is. There's really no substitute for quality painting tools, adequate preparation, and careful work. One of the easiest things to remember about paint tools is that you get what you pay for. The biggest mistake homeowners make is buying cheap tools that don't give them good results or buying cheap paint—then they end up with a poor finished product.

Painters Tape

You will need painter’s tape to keep paint off the baseboards, crown moulding and other trim. Plus, this tape will help create straight lines if you do two-toned walls or only paint one wall in a room. Pro-tip: Apply caulk to the edge of the tape for a super clean straight line. Sometimes, paint gets under the tape, but caulk will prevent this.

Canvas Drop Cloths

Yes, cotton drop cloths definitely cost more than their plastic counterparts. But by investing in cloth the first time around, you’ll have these furniture/floor-savers for a lifetime of painting projects.


You will need a ladder for the high spots, unless you’re just painting some baseboard trim. There are many options of ladders you can buy, and beyond just painting projects, this is a handy tool to have around the house.

Paint Tray

You will need a paint tray, also known as a roller tray. These trays allow you to load your rollers and remove excess paint before applying paint to the wall.

Paint Rollers & Brushes

Refrain from being lured into buying cheap brushes and rollers. Cheap brushes and rollers don’t hold as much paint, produce poor finishes, and leave bristles and fuzz behind. High-quality brushes and roller covers can also be cleaned and reused, saving you money in the long run.

For example, natural hair brushes are better for oil-based paints, while synthetic brushes are better for water-based paints. You’ll also want application-specific brushes, such as brushes for walls, corners and trim.

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