I’ve never been afraid of changing things up a bit with a little paint, but since we moved into our house last year I feel like all I’ve done is paint! I can count 8 different rooms or hallways and over 15 pieces of furniture that have been painted just in the last year. I’ve pretty much got my technique down to a science, and I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite paint supplies in my painting arsenal. And, you may be surprised that some of them are household items that you already have on hand.
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Spray paint has got to one of the easiest ways to update your furniture or home decor. I’ve spray painted beds, chairs, picture frames, knobs, faucets, light fixtures, patio furniture, pots and planter boxes…there isn’t much that I haven’t spray painted. It’s easy to apply and dries fast so you can change the look of your decor in just a few minutes. The only downside I can think of is that your finger will start to cramp up if you are painting for a long time. This little spray can attachment completely eliminates that! It just snaps onto the top of your can and makes it a lot less awkward to use. This is one of my newest paint supplies, and I can’t imagine not having it now.
HVLP Paint Sprayer
As much as I love spray paint, sometimes you can’t find the right color or sheen that you’re looking for. You can always use a paint brush or roller, but if you want a super smooth surface, an HVLP paint sprayer is the way to go. HVLP stands for high volume low pressure, but that’s not really important. They work great on things like furniture or cabinets. I had no idea how inexpensive or easy to use they are until I got mine. A paint sprayer can seem intimidating because that’s what you see professionals using, but that is really not true. It’s something that you can figure out in minutes, especially if you watch a few Youtube videos first. The biggest surprise to me was that you can get them for well under $100. I have this HomeRight sprayer that I’ve been very happy with, but they also have a less expensive version that’s got great reviews.
Using a paper plate is a simple way to keep drips from the paint can off your floor. And, I bet there’s a good chance you already have one on hand.
Costco Vegetable Box
Ahh, my Costco box. I can’t tell you how much I love it for corraling all my supplies. I’m talking about the free boxes you get when you check out at Costco or other warehouse type stores. The one that I like the most is about 5 inches tall, and it’s got nice sturdy sides. It’s usually marked for “peppers” or “cucumbers”. It’s absolutely perfect for holding all your supplies and keeping wet paint off the floor. I usually keep my paint can, paper towels, paint pail and an old wet washcloth in it, but if I’m painting furniture the box has enough room to hold tack cloths, sanding sponges, and painter’s pyramids in it, too! The best thing about it is that you can slide it around the room with you so that you’ve got everything close when you need it.
Pyramids and Bottle Caps
I must have at least 4 packs of painter’s pyramids that I’ve bought for painting furniture and cabinet doors. If you’re just starting to paint, it won’t be long before you need some pyramids to keep things off the floor. I also keep a cup of bottle caps for when I’m painting something too small to fit 4 triangles under it.
This is one of my biggest “go to” paint supplies! There is rarely a time that I paint without my Pelican Pail. It holds both a paint brush as well as a small paint roller. I use a 4.5″ roller more than anything else. It’s a size that works well for trim, furniture, doors, and to go over brush marks when I do my cut in around the trim and ceiling. What I love most about this pail is that it has an area to roll off the paint from your roller. There are also liners that make clean up easy. All you need to do is throw them away and you’re done.
2 Gallon Ziploc Bag
A Ziploc bag works great to hold both my brush and roller when I take a break or I’m waiting for something to dry. I can even throw it in the fridge overnight and start back on my painting the next day. Storing your wet paint brushes in the fridge will help keep them from drying out longer.
As careful as I try to be, accidents happen. Painter’s Pal is made by Goo Gone and works great to get dried water-based paint up easily. It’s usually available at Home Depot. One of our bedrooms had a ton of dried up paint drops all over the hardwood floors when we moved into our house. I have no idea how old they were (I’m guessing really old), but Painter’s Pal took them off with no problem. It’s also great at cleaning up paint brushes that are starting to get a little crunchy!
If you’ve never used tack cloth before, it’s kind of a sticky cheese cloth. I use it to wipe any super tiny dust or lint after I vacuum and before I paint a surface. I’m never without out it! In fact, I’m so afraid of running out that I pick up a pack every time I go to Home Depot. I have no idea just how many packs I have, but I’m always worried I’m not going to have any when I need it.
This little roller is the cutest thing ever! Did you know paint supplies could be cute? It’s just a tiny, little roller that is great for touching up walls, but what I love about it is that it comes with a little roll off tray. It’s also great for painting small craft items like boxes and signs. I actually use this one quite fairly often, and they even have replacement roller covers.
As I’m writing this, I’m realizing for the first time how passionate I am about some of these products. I guess I’m a bit of a paint nerd. It seems silly to love paint supplies so much, but when you do something a lot you figure out what works best for you. I wanted to share these things because they work well and save me time. I wish I had known about more of these things when I was a beginner painter! What kind of paint supplies do you have in your arsenal that you can’t live without?
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