Does your home need a new look? Are you tired of the color scheme you have chosen? Listen up! One of the cheapest ways to dramatically change the look of your decor is to apply a fresh coat of paint to your walls. A new coat of paint not only gives your room new life, it can also cover up any imperfections your walls might have. For the price of a gallon of paint, generally $25 or less, your room can have a whole new look.
While I love what paint can do for a room, I don’t like to paint. There is so much preparation that has to be done before I even open that can of paint, but thank goodness there are a lot of painting tools available today to make the job easier. They also lessen the amount of time I spend doing this tedious prep work.
At first I didn’t want to spend the money for painting tools, but after using them I feel they are worth every penny. If you like the look of freshly painted walls but hate to paint, check out what works for me.
Blue Painters Tape
Extra wide painters tape can help protect your walls and ceilings from paint splatter. It has a low adhesive so you can remove it easily after your paint has dried. This particular tape allows very little bleeding of the paint. It is a must for prepping around doors and windows.
If you wait too long however, a razor blade may be needed to break the seal between the tape and your wall. Especially if you are using a latex paint.
Paint Can Spouts
Snap-on paint spouts are flexible and allow you to get more of your paint out of the can. It’s grooves allow it to fit right onto the edges of a paint can. These spouts allow you to pour paint into a bucket or paint pan. If you don’t let the paint dry on the spout it can be used over and over. A great product for less than two bucks.
The Shur-Line trim kits allow you to get a smooth line of paint along doors, windows or trim. These don’t hold as much paint as a brush, but they are more accurate and produce more professional looking results. After I finish painting I toss the attachments since the replacements are not very expensive. These will also work nicely along a ceiling, or any place you need to apply a straight line of paint.
I love the Werner paint cup, which has a magnet on the inside lip that allows you to attach your paint brush against it in between uses. It’s so much handier to connect my paint brush to the magnet rather than trying to find a place to lay my paint dampened brush.
The handle makes holding it comfortable, and this is a great way to take paint with you when you are working from a ladder. The container is flat on the bottom so it sits level when not in use.
Pre-Cut Tape for Corners or Windows
Scotch makes a pre-cut Painters Tape that forms a ninety degree angle on one corner and a rounded edge on the other. They’re great for taping up the corners of windows. Using two together they fit onto a door hinge perfectly.
No more trying to cut my blue painters tape in a completely straight line to fit into the corners of my windows! If you have a lot of windows to prepare this can get expensive, bit the roll contains 60 pieces.
Painters tTpe And Plastic Drop Cloth In One
When you need to cover floors or ceilings, look for a product that combines painters tape with a thin plastic sheet. This really makes the job of preparation much easier!
I have used this kind of product to protect my ceiling and floor while painting, as well as to protect the side of our home when appling stain to our back deck. When placing this on the floor, the plastic does need to be taped down to prevent it from moving if you walk on it.
This is more costly than using a plastic drop cloth, and the plastic can be thin, but I like the convenience enough that I am willing to pay the extra money.