You don’t need to spend a fortune buying lots of tools when decorating a room. All you need are the essentials and then you can buy additional items depending on each project.
Versatile, long-lasting and well suited to the application of water-based paints, a small collection of different-sized synthetic brushes will see you through most interior projects.
Roller and tray
For large surface areas, a roller is recommended as it applies paint faster and with a more even finish – a 9” medium-pile roller is perfect for both ceilings and walls.
The prep set
Spending that little bit of extra time on preparation before getting stuck in will help make the painting process seamless.
Protect floors and furniture by covering exposed surfaces with good-quality dust sheets that you can keep and reuse for every paint project.
Fillers and putty-filling knife
For a smooth finish on surfaces, repair damage using a putty-filling knife, but fill gaps between walls and skirting boards using decorators’ caulk (which is more flexible) and a damp sponge.
Sandpaper and block
Buying different types and grades of sandpaper, including flexible blocks, will help smooth rough surfaces quickly and give you a better finish to work with.
Absorbent cloths and dusting brush
These are useful for removing dust and wiping down surfaces before painting, especially if you’ve sanded. Otherwise, a vacuum cleaner does the job, too.
Invest in quality adhesive masking tape to protect surfaces you’d like to leave unpainted or want to paint in a different colour (skirting boards or ceilings). Use low-tack on painted, dry surfaces.
The paint picks
Extend your decorating arsenal as you work on different projects around the home – these nice-to-haves are sure to help you out as you move from room to room.
Mixing stick for stirring
Paint can separate in the tin, so make sure you stir it well before applying to ensure the colour and consistency are as they should be.
Being able to reach all areas in the room safely is important, so make sure the steps you use are in good condition and tall enough for the job.
Painting large surface areas and hard-to-reach places can be made easier by attaching a roller to the end of one of these.
Like brushes, rollers come in all different sizes. A selection of them means there’ll be no paint job too large or small that can’t be conquered.
Clean rollers and brushes used for water-based paints in warm water; and those used for solvent-based paints with a brush cleaner.
To read more, pick-up a copy of our new and refreshed Let’s colour magazine in-store for Spring/Summer 2019, packed with colour inspiration and decorating ideas from Dulux.