Painting Supplies Checklist

Everything you need for a problem-free paint job: Get ready to roll.

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  • Tape measure

    Measure walls first so you'll know how much paint to buy. Typically, one gallon of paint covers 400 square feet.

  • Primer

    Use a primer with a stain blocker.

  • Stirrer

    Usually comes free with any paint purchase. Always stir paint before applying.

  • Pouring spout

    Attach the spout to a gallon of paint and pour without any mess.

  • Five-gallon bucket

    For big jobs that require multiple gallons of paint, keep the color consistent by mixing all the cans in a large bucket.

  • Screen.

    Place this inside the bucket to wipe any excess paint off the roller.

  • Roller tray.

    Use a metal or sturdy plastic tray for smaller projects.

  • Roller cover.

    A 3/8-inch nap provides the best finish for most interior walls.

  • Angled sash paintbrush.

    To paint trim, use a two-inch angled brush, which will give you more control.

  • Blue painter's tape.

    Essential for protecting trim or walls that you don't want to get paint on.

  • Drop cloths

    Protect furniture with plastic coverings. Place a reusable canvas drop cloth, which is less slippery than plastic, on the floor.

  • Hole filler

    Quicker than spackling: Dab hole filler into small holes in the wall.

  • Screwdriver

    Use to loosen any ceiling plates of lighting fixtures and remove switch plates before painting.

  • Sponge

    Before priming, wash the walls with a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with water.

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