If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to overhaul a room, paint is your guy. It’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s not permanent, and it’s (usually) really easy to do.
But DIYing a color change can go from awesome to awful without the right materials. Before you begin a painting project, follow these tips during your shopping trip to ensure a perfect paint job.
You’re already saving money by skipping the paint team and doing it solo. So, don’t be cheap with your paint roller! Paint rollers are like false eyelashes – a few bucks could be the difference between spider eyes and a sexy look. It’s worth it to skip the cheap all-in-one deals and spring for professional grade equipment. The financial jump is low – roughly $20 – and the reward is a uniform paint job without streaks or discoloration. Cheap roller cages are often cardboard, which can break easily and are tough to clean. Opt for plastic or metal instead.
Professionals swear by Purdy, which can also be found on sites like Amazon and eBay.
If you have high ceilings, then you also have tall walls. Instead of messing with a ladder, use an extension pole to reach the top of the wall. Not only will you have more control, you’ll get the job done quickly, because you won’t be doing the ladder-open, ladder-closed dance. We like this Mr. Long Arm version for its $17 price and comfy grip.
When you’re rolling paint, you need the right sleeve for a perfect job. There are several factors to consider when choosing a sleeve:
Roller Cage Length. Your roller cage is the skeletal frame that includes the handle. These come in several lengths, ranging from “mini” to “extra-long,” so make sure you’re buying the right sleeve for your cage.
Roller Thickness (or Nap). Your next decision is the nap of the sleeve (basically, the thickness). The nap you choose depends on the area you’re painting and the type of paint you’re using. If you’re painting rough surfaces like textured ceilings, go thick and opt for the 3/4 inch nap. Are you painting walls? Then choose a ½ inch nap. And if you’re going for a satin or glossy finish, a thin nap will do - choose around ¼ inch.
Roller Material. The two most common materials to choose from are natural and synthetic. Below are general guidelines, but it’s still a good idea to check your paint manufacturer’s recommendations before buying a roller.