With the DIY home repair market now comprising over $130 billion of annual spending, consumers are handling maintenance on their own in a big way. When you walk into the hardware store, you could end up filling your cart with the wrong tools for the job. Make sure you start with a checklist of essential house painting supplies before you head out the door.
Painting the interior or exterior of your house can be a fun family activity or a great way to wind down after a long day at the office. It can be made all the easier if you have the right tools on hand.
Before you begin, make sure you’ve got these eight essential house painting supplies at hand.
1. Plenty of Paper Towels
You never know when you’ll have to wipe up a quick spill. Catch drips before they dry and make cleanup a lot easier with some paper towels.
2. Paint Trays
If you’re going to be using rollers, you’re going to need some trays. Unless you plan on making this a habit, some disposable ones should be good enough.
3. Paint Can Openers
Don’t mess up your screwdrivers, keys or butter knives to get at your paint. A can opener will cost you a dollar and save you time and trouble.
4. Paint Roller Refills
Cheap paint rollers are the worst. Not only will their fuzz end up embedded into your walls, but if they dry out, they’ll be impossible to use.
Buying some good semi-smooth paint rollers for a lightly textured wall. Get the smooth ones for flat walls, but make sure you keep them clean.
5. Get A Drop Cloth
As careful as you might try to be, you’re going to spill some paint. A drop cloth and some good masking tape will ensure you protect your molding and keep you from scraping it off later.
Just because you’ve spent time searching for the perfect trendy color, you don’t want it on every surface of your home. Protect your carpet and hardwood with a drop cloth.
6. A Ladder
Make sure you have at least a step ladder kicking around. Even if you’re tall enough to easily reach the edges of the wall, having a small ladder will keep you from having to reach.
You’ll get a more accurate paint job if you can be eye to eye with the surface you’re painting.
7. Small Brushes
After you’re done rolling, you’ll likely have some small areas near window and door frames that need some extra attention. Have a small brush on hand with fine bristles so you can carefully fill in any gaps.
8. Paint Edger
A paint edger could be just the tool you’re looking for when you’re trying to get nice clean edges. If you’ve skipped out on the painter’s tape or if you just want to make sure you maintain the texture you’ve started with, pick one up for your next project.
Get Your House Painting Supplies In Order
If you’ve got everything you need, you’ll be ready to take on this fun DIY project. Put on some music and go to town. Invite friends over for a beer and a few hours of chit chat and painting to make it more fun.
Just don’t forget to finish the job!
If you need help starting your next project, contact us for more tips and ideas. DIY can be fun, but hiring the professionals can save you time and provide peace of mind!