Painting the interior of your home may be a big job, but completing it successfully can transform the interior of your home to give it a new look. When shopping for your new paint color for your home's walls, here are some other tools and equipment to help you complete the job just as a professional painter does.

Five-Gallon Bucket

One of the first items to help you paint your home's interior is a five-gallon bucket into which you combine your single one-gallon buckets of paint. Although each of your one-gallon buckets should have been mixed at the paint store to the same color, it is not uncommon for the colors in each can to be slightly different. The difference may not be noticeable while the paint is in the can, but once you paint it onto your walls, you may see a difference where the two different paint shades come together.

Combining all the paint into one larger bucket helps you prevent having a slight variation in color once you apply it onto your walls. Mix up the paint using a mixing paddle connected to your drill or stir it manually with a paint stir stick.

Painting Tarps

Painting tarps on the floor can help keep paint spots and drips from falling onto your floor as you paint the walls. But selecting the right type of painting tarps can make the process easier.

Be sure to buy painting tarps made of fabric or canvas instead of plastic painting tarps. Plastic tarps are more slippery, and it can be difficult to keep them in place while you paint, while canvas tarps stay put easier, especially on carpet. And if paint drips onto a plastic tarp, the paint will stay wet longer and can transfer onto other surfaces more easily. Canvas or fabric painting tarps allow painting drips to dry more quickly, as the paint's moisture will absorb into the fibers.

Angled Bristle Brush

The manner in which you apply the paint to the majority of your walls' surfaces is up to you and your preference: whether to use a paint roller or paint sprayer. But when you need to apply the paint onto the corners and edges of the walls, you need a brush that can help you get the paint in the right areas. A paint brush with angled bristles will help you apply a smooth and careful line of paint along the edging of your walls.

Applying the paint with an angled brush onto the wall's edges makes a clean line and doesn't require you to apply masking tape to the edges. Using masking tape to help you create the edge on your painting can also allow paint to run beneath the tape and cause uneven lines and bleeding. Then if the paint dries upon the masking tape when you are ready to remove it, the tape will lift up the paint as well and mar your work.

For help finding paint supplies, contact a paint store like Klenosky Paint.

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