What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls?

Painting a room can be a major undertaking for a homeowner. There are some tools you will need to complete this project properly. By gathering all the proper tools needed to paint your walls before you being you will save time and your project will go more smoothly.

You should always begin your project by removing all the furniture and accessories possible from the room. Take off all the switch plate, electrical plate covers, and door knobs. Place these items for safekeeping in a ziplock bag.

You will need to reinstall them and don’t want to lose any screws. Make sure you spackle and sand any imperfections in the walls you wish to fix before you begin to paint. After you finish removing any items and prepping any damage to walls needed to be fixed. Dust down all the walls and moldings before you begin to paint. Let's look at some other essentials for completing the project. 

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Step # 1 Proper tools needed to paint your walls with: a ladder will be needed for high areas.

You will have some high spots that will be hard to reach, you will need a ladder or large step stool. I am sure you don’t need me to remind you climbing ladders can be a potential ladder. That, however, is exactly what I am going to do. Make sure the ladder you use is of good condition. Using a rickety ladder can land you in the hospital.

Clear all the areas you will need to use the ladder in so the ladder will sit flat on the floor. An unlevel ladder can cause you to lose your balance and fall. Before climbing check the hinges to make sure they are fully extended. Never sit or stand on the top of the ladder. Don’t stand on the back of the ladder only on the front. Only one person at a time should climb a ladder.  Finally, remove tools from the ladder before you move it you don’t want a tool hitting you in the face.

Step #2 The proper tools needed to paint your walls with: painters tape

Painter’s tape is a good idea to go around outlets or switches. Tape off areas once the covers have been removed. This will speed up painting and prevent any excess paint from getting on receptacles. Painter tape is good for painting detailed work on the walls as well such as a stripe. You can measure mark and tape areas that are to be painted a different color. Painters tape works best for this as the glue will stick to the walls but will not damage any paint or sheetrock under it.

Step #3 The proper tools needed to paint your walls with: drop cloths.

Drop clothes are always a must for painting. Drop clothes can be purchased in fabric and plastic. Fabric drop clothes are reusable and heavier but are a bit more expensive. Plastic drop clothes can be a good alternative and are inexpensive. Cover any furniture in the room with a drop cloth as well as any flooring. Even if you are having a new floor installed later its a good idea to cover plywood or concrete. Paint on a floor can prevent glue from adhering to it later.  

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Step # 4 The proper tools needed to paint your walls with: paint roller.

I will assume you will be using a latex paint for your area. So choosing a roller should be easy right? Not quite. Making sure you have the right roller will save you time and money. Rollers and their cages come in several different sizes. Choose a roller size that fits the job size. Larger rollers that can be 12” to 9” in length are great for ceiling and walls. Reserve the use of a smaller roller or mini roller for areas such as doors and woodworking. Use a roller with a shorter nap for areas like walls, doors, and trim. Some areas have more textured or plastered wall such as concrete or plaster ceilings. The use of a larger nap roller on these surfaces will allow the paint to penetrate deeper into the texture.

Step # 5 The proper tools needed to paint your walls with: paintbrush.

Trim work and edging is usually done with a brush. Choose a synthetic or polyester brush for this application of latex paint. Brushes that are tapered are able to get into corners better and up next to molding. Stay with a brush that's a bit smaller in width such as a 1” or 2” width. Test the bristles of the brush before you purchasing them. The bristles should be flexible and have textured or split ends to create finer lines. Finally, make sure only a few bristles come out when tugged on them. You want a quality brush that fits and feels good in your hand.

Making sure you gather all the proper tool needed to paint will ensure your project starts is done to the best it can be. This can still be a hard and difficult project even if you are seasoned at painting, and choosing the actual paint color can the hardest part. If you are still feeling overwhelmed then we can set up a time I can help you pick your paint color. Go here to set up a consultation or to get a copy of My Favorite Timeless Paint Colors  in the Home Design University.