DIY painting can be a very effective solution for
your home, especially for smaller interior projects. But many don’t know
exactly where to begin when it comes to tackling their own painting project,
especially if ceilings are involved
The best place to start is always with the right tools. So let’s take a
look at the most important equipment you need for this DIY project inside your
home – and why you need them.
Painter’s tape is a type of tape designed to be
easily applied and removed when
preparing a room for painting
You put it on the edges of your baseboards, door frames, light fixtures,
windows and anything else that isn’t a wall. Then, when painting begins,
you don’t have to worry about getting too close to any of those edges and can
instead focus on the quality of the paint coat.
A lot of DIYers wonder if they can use masking
tape instead: It’s a possibility, but proper painter’s tape tends to adhere
better to a variety of surfaces.
Brushes and Rollers
For painting any expansive section of wall or
ceiling, you need to get rollers along with your paint. Look for roller packs
that are right for your project: Shorter naps are better for
while longer naps are better for rougher surfaces. Brushes, meanwhile, are the
best option for painting tighter corners and other, more awkward areas. Pick
the right brush size based on the unique quirks of the room. You may also want
to get a couple of smaller brushes if you are planning on painting trim as
If you have rollers, you need paint trays, too!
trays are a pretty simple purchase, just make
sure that you have enough and their width matches the width of the rollers you
are using. For bigger projects, DIYers often wrap extra paint leftover in their
paint trays and put them in the fridge for using the next morning: It’s not
always ideal, but it can help you save on paint.
If your walls are higher than 8 feet or so, then
you’ll probably need an extension pole to paint the full room. Poles are also a
pretty easy purchase, but you do need to make sure that they are compatible
so don’t just assume that all poles will fit all rollers.
A ladder is either a potential alternative to an
extension pole for smaller rooms or a requirement to paint particularly high
walls and ceilings – you’ll know if you need one or not. Sometimes a small step
ladder is all that a room requires. Or you may need to purchase a larger folding
aluminum ladder to reach all available spaces and ceilings. On the plus side, a
bigger ladder is a great asset to have for all kinds of DIY projects around the
Still need help or advice on a particular
project? Call Tar Heel Painters today to ask questions and learn more! We’re
happy to help you make sure your project turns out just like you wanted.