Painter’s Toolbox

You want to paint a room. You know you need paint and brushes and rollers, but what else will help your project? I have the perfect painter’s toolbox!

1. Get a drop cloth for the floor and some paper edging or painter’s masking tape to protect your woodwork. These special types of tape don’t stick as much as the regular versions, so you won’t damage the areas you’re taping.

2. Although you can use a trim brush to cut in around corners and woodwork, there are some great tools that will make the job easier. A wheeled edger will rest on the ceiling or woodwork and make a perfect line every time. To get into those tight corners, try a pointed roller.

3. Good lighting is important for a great paint job. Keep a clamp-on light with you’re painting tools. This will ensure that you see well while you’re working.

4. You should also wear a mask to protect yourself from the fumes. There are lots of choices on the market from simple white masks to a full respirator.

5. Some aluminum foil will line your paint pan and make cleanup easier.

6. A paper plate under the can will catch drips, and a string across the top of the can tied to the handles is a great place to dab off your brush, the excess will drip back in the can.

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.