Ready to tackle an important painting project in your home? Great! Don’t have much experience with DIY painting like this? Then you need to be prepared. But where should you begin? Taking a walk down the paint supply aisles in a local store may give you a lot of options, but it doesn’t exactly tell you what you’re going to need to finish your projects properly. For that, we’re here to help – here’s what needs to be on your list as you prepare.
This tape is easy to apply and remove. You will want to use it for all edges on the surface where you are painting. Anytime a wall meets a door or baseboard, for example, you should apply a line of painting tape so that you can quickly paint this area without worrying about getting paint on other materials. Make sure you don’t accidentally cover the surface you’re planning on painting, which can create weird-looking lines,
Brushes and Rollers
For painting any sizable wall space, rollers are usually the best way to go. Rollers are defined by their nap type: Shorter naps are for smoother surfaces, and longer naps are for rougher surfaces. If you aren’t sure which nap is right for your project, you can always ask an expert! If you are painting tight spaces or areas that aren’t flat, then you’ll need a quality paintbrush or two as well. Keep in mind that brushes can be cleaned and re-used, but rollers are generally meant to be thrown away, which is why they come in packs: You may easily go through a pack during your work, depending on the size of the project.
Paint trays are designed to hold paint so you can easily apply it to your roller – otherwise, rollers don’t work! Always make sure that your paint tray fits your roller size. If you are using multiple colors or multiple people are helping out, you will probably need multiple trays as well.
If you’re painting walls or ceilings that go above your head, a roller handle probably won’t be enough. In this case, look for a good extension pole that’s compatible with your roller and easy for you to use. This can save a lot of time, especially when painting ceilings, etc.
The drop cloth is designed to go on floors and furniture where you are working. This is necessary to avoid problems with splatter and drips (which will happen). Some people just use old sheets for drop cloths, some buy plastic rolls, and some purchase canvas drop cloths. The nice thing about the canvas version is that they can easily be re-used and used for other protection tasks around the home.
Ladders are necessary for ceiling work and especially high areas. If you have vaulted ceilings or are painting siding on your house, a ladder may be required. Freestanding is usually best.
Still need some painting help? Is there a part of your project that you aren’t ready to tackle? Let Tar Heel Painters know how we can help out! We offer a variety of residential and commercial painting services to help get your plans on track.