What do I need to paint a room? This is an important question every amateur painter should have an answer to. Sometimes, it is easier to think you don’t need more than the paint and rollers or brush to complete a painting project, but you might be shocked to realize that it takes a lot more than those three tools to achieve the result you imagined.
While some painting projects may require different tools or materials, there are some essential tools you need to have ready regardless of the uniqueness of the painting. Now that you are ready to paint, learn all the tools and supplies you need for a successful painting project here.
What you need to paint a room
To make your painting an easy experience, you need to have the right tools such as:
What is painting without paint? This is a very important supply every painter needs, and it’s usually the first to be considered. Factors such as color, quantity, and paint type are some of the things a painter needs to put into consideration before buying paint.
- There are different types of paint to choose from, and each paint type is well suited to a particular area in the house. I will make a list of some common paint types and what part of the room they are best used.
- Oil-based paint is mostly used for interior décor but takes longer to dry.
- Primer used as a base for other paints to make the paint adhere to the wall
- Water-based paint more common because of its ease of use and how fast it dries up after applying to the surface.
- Latex-based paint is sometimes mistaken for water-based paint but is best suited for outdoor use. It dries faster than oil-based paint.
2. Top coats (paint sheen)
These are very important and are used to seal a painted surface to ensure the durability of the painted surface. Topcoats are usually added at the last phase of painting and are available in different types. There is flat paint, semi-gloss, satin, matte paint, eggshell paint, gloss paint, and spray paint.
For kitchen areas, the semi-gloss is best as it effectively covers stains and marks, while the satin works best for hallways, bedrooms, dining areas, and doors (areas with less traffic and stain).
A flat finish is perfect for ceilings, while eggshell paint is used for areas that require much décor. Doors, cabinets, window sills, and posts are best covered with high-gloss paint.
3. Paint rollers
A paint roller is much needed for large work areas as it allows you to work easier and cover much ground in a short time. Rollers are made with either thick or thin naps, but for more effectiveness, it is better to work with rollers with a thick nap. It allows you to take up more paint for extra coverage but tends to drip if care is not taken.
4. Paint tray or grid
Using a paint tray is very necessary if you use a paint roller; however, painting with a roller is much easier when a paint grid is used.
Using a paint tray may get messy, but painters in recent times have switched to a paint grid that allows you to dip the roller into the paint bucket and then roll it around the grid to rid excess paint that may cause dripping. You may choose to buy a tray or the grid depending on preference and what is available in the store.
5. Paint brushes
Here is another essential tool for painting available in different sizes and quality. Suppose you chose to paint with a brush; it’s best to buy a fine quality paintbrush that will make the task easy for you.
Some paintbrushes are low quality, and their bristles or hair fall off during use. This may ruin the perfect painting idea you have in mind as the brush hair stick to the paint on the wall leaving brush marks and lines. There are different types of a paintbrush:
- Chip brush: used for tight corners where you don’t have free access to move the brush
- Thin angle sash: best for small areas and used to create a thin straight line when working on edges.
- Trim brush: they are flat and used to cover a larger surface area.
- Wall brush: are alternatives to rollers and can hold up as much paint as needed to cover a large area. They cannot be used for details on painting.
- Stencil brush: they are great for details and designs and are efficiently used to dab paint over stencils or cut-outs.
- Other brush types are angle sash, flat sash, and so on. A paintbrush bristle may be natural or polyester.
6. Putty knife
It is needed during wall or surface preparation to add fillers to cracked spots or holes and smoothen out the spot so that it can blend with the surface.
This is necessary for smoothening out rough edges, scraping off stains, and uneven spots on the surface to be painted. It is also used on the surface to create adhesion between the paint and the wall of the room.
8. Extension pole
Using a ladder is now an old school in painting as most painters are now able to reach high or tall areas by attaching an extension pole to the paint roller.
This means painters no longer need to climb to reach the ceilings or top of the surface being painted, but with the pole, it is much easier, faster, and less stressful to reach those high points.
9. Mask tape
Some call it painters tape, and it is used to create a dividing line between two color designs on the wall. Also, if you intend to cover up some areas so they don’t get painted or have paint stains, use masking tape. The tape stays taped for as long as you want it and eventually allows you to get sharp and clear edges in your painting.
10. Drop cloths or nylon sheets
These are needed to cover the floor of the area you wish to paint and other items you can’t move to avoid splashing paints on them. While it may be easier to clean up the floor after painting, removing paint stains from furniture and fixtures in the room is extra work you don’t want to get yourself into. So to avoid this, you need a drop cloth, tarpaulin, or long fabrics that can cover the area while you work.
There are many other tools needed for painting, and some are specific to the type of paint you plan to use. But for starters, these are enough to set you up as a DIY painter while you get on with the task of giving your room a new look.