The tools you need to paint any room

The tools you need to paint any room

Painting a room is a surefire way to transform a space, but it’s not always the easiest task to take on. From tight corners to small spaces, giving a room a fresh coat can be a challenge.  To help you get started, we’ve created a shopping guide with all the essentials you need to make even the trickiest paint jobs a breeze. Here are some of the top essential tools for painting a room — choosing the paint color is up to you.


You will need a sponge to effectively apply the wall cleaner to your walls and other surfaces. Ensure that the sponge is brand new and that you’ve chosen a good quality one. Old sponges harbor more dirt than you’ll be able to get rid of, while some sponges shed bits of the material on the wall and leave you with more work than they finish.


A sander is suitable for helping to remove the paint from wood and one can be used on other surfaces, as a means of preparing the surface to accept paint. It can also be used to work the primer, once this has been applied, and to ensure that the paint holds. A manual sanding block is suitable for small jobs, but you may want a larger and electric version for big jobs.

As well as the sander itself, you will need sandpaper to use with it. Ensure the sandpaper works with your chosen type of sander, and choose relatively fine sandpaper.


Spackling paste, or putty, will be essential for the best looking walls. Whether you find that you have pulled a few small areas of plaster out while stripping wallpaper down, or there are multiple nail and screw holes in the wall, this filler putty will fill in the holes and can be prepped and painted once it is dry.

4. Painter’s Tape

Tape off surfaces that you don’t want to paint. Different tapes are for different surfaces, so choose the right tape for your project. Wait until the paint is completely dry before removing, but don’t leave it longer than needed. If latex paint begins to pull away with the tape as you remove it, use a utility knife to make a small cut where the tape meets the paint.

5. re-Mixed Spackling

This product works for most patching jobs and nail holes. Look for DAP Fast n’ Final or Drydex, since both dry quickly and are easy for novice painters to use. Drydex is especially cool because it goes on pink and then turns white when it’s dry, so you never have to guess. You’ll also want caulk for filling in gaps between the walls and trim.

6. Putty Knife

Skip the 7-in-1 tool. Instead, you’ll want a two-inch putty knife and a six-inch-wide taping knife, both with flexible blades. They’ll help patch cracks and apply joint compound.

7. Fiber Mesh Tape

This wall repair tool is ideal for covering larger holes, look for versions from Hyde, Purdy, or Shur-Line.

8. Metal Paint Tray

The paint tray you choose will determine a lot about the type of paint job you do. The tray doesn’t have to be anything special, but we do recommend that it has a hook or legs that allow you to hook it onto the ladder when you’re painting higher surfaces.

9. Rollers

A standard 9-inch roller with a synthetic core and a 3/8-inch nap is a classic. “Test the core, take your thumb and index finger and push down on each side on the end of the roller. You shouldn’t be able to close that opening. “Ace and Shur-Line both make quality roller covers. Mini paint roller frames are also convenient for working around small spaces.”

10. Paint Brush Cleaner

This painting product ensures that painting newbies get their quality brushes completely clean for future use.

11. Edging Tool

Edging tools enable you to cut into corners without the expert precision of decades of brush painting experience. They do take a little getting used to, but once you’ve mastered one of these devices, you can pull off all kinds of impressive painting tricks, too.


Even if you roller the walls and ceiling, you will need brushes to apply finishing touches and for gloss work. Do not try and cut corners with poor quality brushes, or you will find that you end up with more bristles on the paint than are left on the brush at the end of the job. Get flat and angled brushes to cover all eventualities.

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