Good Painters Use Good Tools

Deep sea fishers wouldn’t use a plastic rod to fish because the low quality wouldn’t get them any fish. Like this, painting with low-quality tools will get you a lower quality job. If you like repainting every couple years then that’s fine. If not, it may be best to spend extra cash on better tools. There’s a reason why professional paint contractors use good tools, most of the time. Prevent being scammed by reading this blog on common painting contractor scams.

Depending on the job, you may not need everything on this list. DIYing a painting project can save you money, but there are reasons why painting houses can be expensive. Since you’re taking on this project yourself, let’s go over the tools you may need to paint your home!

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The Painter’s Tools List

If you have everything on this list, you can paint a room or maybe even a whole house:

Pre-Painting Tools

These are the tools you can use to prepare the area for painting:

Painter’s Tape

Put tape on trims and around areas you don’t want to get paint on. Also good for creating stripes or working around any glass.  

Drop Cloth

Drop it like it’s hot! These can protect your floors, furniture, and anything you don’t want to get paint on. This means less work and clean up for you. You can buy a one-time use drop cloth or one that can be used multiple times if you may have another painting project.


Unless you’re Mr. Fantastic stretchy you’ll need help reaching those ceilings and tops of walls. Ladders are perfect for this, but be careful! Proper placement and usage are important for safety purposes. If a ladder is too much work, you can read about paintbrush extenders farther down the post.

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ladder with paint

 Paint Scraper

Don’t paint over old paint! It doesn’t work well. Remove the old paint with a paint scraper and create a better, more adhesive surface for the new paint to stick to.

Caulk Gun and Caulk

If you have cracks in your walls, or whatever you’re painting, you’ll need caulk and a caulk gun. Caulk fills in those cracks and provides a seamless surface to paint on.

Scrub Brush

Make sure your walls are clean before beginning the project! You wouldn’t want a fresh paint job on a dirty car, would you?

Those are what you may need outside of the actual paint and house painting tools. Now let’s get into the actual painting tools.

scrub brush for cleaning

The Actual Painting Part Tools

Paint Brush

This may seem like an obvious one, but those are the items that tend to slip under the radar the most. Larger ones around 3” are great for painting the first coat or so, but you may want smaller ones for afterward. Smaller brushes are great for touching up surfaces later.

Paint Brush Extender

Great for ceilings and tall spaces, paintbrush extenders can give you the extra stretch you need. No more carrying the ladder from corner to corner.

Paint Roller

Rollers are great for covering large areas of a wall. There are also smaller ones for areas needing maneuverability such as tight corners. An 18” paint roller can save you time and energy and can keep you from getting a crick in your neck.

Paint Tray

If you’re using a paint roller this is one handy tool to have. Simply fill the tray with the select paint and roll the roller in it.

Sherwood Uses Great Tools!

If you want to do a great job painting your house, the first step is getting tools that are just as great. Picasso certainly didn’t paint with a $2 brush when creating his masterpieces. Speaking of masterpieces…

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