5-in-1 Painter’s Tool by Hyde
A strong, nylon handle and high-carbon steel blade make this multitasking tool a handywoman’s godsend. It’s the only thing you’ll need to scrape off chipping paint, clear out and open up cracks in walls and edging, spread patching compound, and pop open tricky lids. Once you’ve applied your final coat, slide the rounded edge over rollers to squeeze out excess paint.
To buy: $5, hardwareandtools.com.