5 Tools to make painting and decorating effortless

Could your home use a little redecorating? Does the outside need a fresh coat of paint? Before you hire a contractor to do the work—and pay a fortune to have them do it—consider doing the renovation work yourself. It’s a lot easier than what you may think. Use these 5 tools to help make your painting and decorating projects look effortless:

1) Scraper

You have to get rid of the ceiling or wall’s old layers before you can start fresh; scrapers will help you easily remove that old coat of paint or wallpaper standing in the way. You may actually need more than one type of scraper to produce truly professional-looking results: a thin bladed one for opening cracks, and wide bladed one for filling them.

2) Paint rollers

If you need a painting tool that will help you cover large areas, a roller is the right tool for the job. Simply roll paint from the tray onto the roller a few times—making sure to remove excess paint from the roller—and then start applying it to the painting area. For best results, overlap each area until the paint is evenly distributed, and use a paint brush to do the hard-to-reach corners and small detail work. Remember that stucco walls and ceilings require a high-pile roller sleeve, while drywall and smooth surfaces need a low-pile roller sleeve. Make sure you pick up a paint tray and a roller bucket as well.

3) Edging piece

This handy little tool is a godsend when you’re painting ceilings, baseboards, and around moldings: it will help you finish off the painted area with some flawless-looking corners. Simply slide the flat brush side along the painted area to create smooth, straight corners. You can use blue painter’s tape to mark off wall corners, baseboards, and moldings as well.

4) Paint spinner

When it’s time to clean up, you need a good tool on-hand that’s capable of really squeezing the excess paint out of your brushes and rollers. After you’ve rung as much paint as you possibly can from the brushes, it’s time to call in the paint spinner. All you have to do is fit the paint brush or roller sleeve onto the end gripper, hold the barrel of the paint spinner, and pump the handle. Before you know it, your brushes and roller sleeves look as good as new.

5) Step ladder

Don’t rely on dining room chairs or living room couches to boost you up to those hard-to-reach painting areas: they’re not always as sturdy as what you may think. A step ladder will provide you with a better support system and help you keep your balance while you paint. If you do decide to hire a contractor to do your painting and decorating work, make sure someone is around to keep an eye on them when they’re working at height. It will help prevent falls and the likelihood of a work accident compensation claim later on.

Julie Hanson

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