Hiring a painting contractor to apply a fresh coat of paint anywhere in your home will give you a visually appealing end result and save you the hassle of cleaning up after the job, but if you're the do-it-yourself type, you may wish to attempt doing the painting on your own. To increase your chance of getting favorable results, it's important to ensure that you have the right supplies for the job. You'll need more than brush, roller and paint tray; here are some other essential things that will make the job go smoother and leave you with a look that satisfies.
One of the best tools that can help you get a professional-looking end result is painter's tape. This tape looks similar to masking tape, but is typically green or blue. It sticks enough that it will stay in place, but won't damage your walls. Applying painter's tape in a straight line will allow you to get straight lines in your painting, whether it's in the place where two different-colored walls meet or you're adding an accent stripe to jazz up the appearance of a child's room. Applying painter's tape will extend the length of the painting job by a few extra minutes, but it's always time well spent.
If you'll be painting something made of wood — perhaps some panels of decorative wainscoting — it's useful to buy a small container of wood filler. Over time, wooden elements in your home can get dented and chipped. Painting over them can reduce their visibility, but doesn't really fix the problem. With a container of wood filler nearby, you can quickly fill any dents and other imperfections in the wood, and then allow the filler to dry, before you apply the first coat of paint. Once the painting is done, the wood will have a like-new appearance.
Your conventional square-tipped paintbrush will serve as a valuable ally when you're painting several areas around your home, but a brush with an angled set of bristles will give you a better finish when you're working in tight areas. For example, when you're painting a wall, you'll likely paint all but the top few inches with a roller, and then paint the top part of the wall with a brush. An angled brush will allow you to easily get paint right up to the joint where the wall meets the ceiling, but not end up with paint on the ceiling itself.