If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s this – I am only as good as my tools. But it is also true that a tool without the hand won’t accomplish anything.
In order to accomplish any task the tools you have can help make the job a little easier. When I first started I really didn’t know what tools to buy. Or which tools would be most useful. The following is a basic list of the tools I use:
- 1-5 gallon bucket from Walmart buy here for under three dollars.
- 1-tool apron that fits in the bucket. You can find them anywhere between $12.00-$25.00. You can find one here. The nice thing about the apron is all the pockets and places on the outside to hold screwdrivers, hammers, paint brushes and other things that make for a quick grab.
- Blue tape is an essential part of your paint supplies. Drips and unintended strokes always happen. Taking the time to tape before painting is always a good idea.
- Stir sticks and a paint lid remover (which looks like a can opener) comes in handy. I know they mix it up at the store, but a lot of the pigment settles – especially when you’re letting the paint acclimate (warm up to room temperature).
- Screwdrivers and hammers are a must. I must admit there were times when I used the butter knives in the kitchen drawer. Hammers are necessary to pull out nails that have actually gone into a stud.
- A measuring tape is always good to have in your bucket.
- Paint brushes and rollers: I like the shorter handle on my brush because it’s helpful when I get in those tight corners. I always choke up on the brush so having a shorter handle just makes it easier for me to grasp. I also prefer the angled brushes. It makes for a better line. It’s always good to have a roller handle extension. This allows you to paint a tall wall.
- I like using the paint liners that line your metal or plastic paint tray. It makes clean-up easy.
- Rags are great for cleaning up those “oops” moments. I use it wet so I can get paint off those unwanted areas immediately.
- A square is an essential for me. I use it mostly when I’m painting stripes. The square has a level in it so I can pull it out and check my lines quickly.
- Pencils and erasers are very important – they work great for me especially when doing murals or geometric patterns.
There may be other tools that you might use. This is not an exhaustive list. My favorite part is the bucket and the apron in it. That is the best purchase I have made. The screwdrivers and hammers do become accessible to just about everyone in the house. That means that when I grab my bucket for a job there could be a few tools missing.
The bucket lets me put everything in one spot. I can just grab and go. I do clean it out occasionally to find little items that have worked their way to the bottom.
Keeping your tools in good working order is just as important. I’m the penny-pincher in the family and many times I compromise quality for price. I usually end up paying twice as much. So don’t do what I do. Buy quality the first time. If you keep them clean they’ll last even longer. If I buy one really good quality tool at a time I don’t feel as though I’m spending a lot of money. It helps me feel better about my purchases too.