The Right Painting Tools for Your Home Project: How to Pick the Painting Supplies that Fit Your Decorating Needs

If you’re tackling your first painting project or if you don’t have much experience it can seem overwhelming. There are several steps to painting any project, but if you don’t have the right tools for the job you could end up with a mess. Below is a guide that is meant to help you select the right brushes and get all the other supplies you’ll need to do the job like a professional painter.

Selecting a Paint Brush

Once you’ve selected your paint and your project it’s time to get the supplies. The right brush for your painting project depends on what job you’re doing. There is a paint brush for every single project imaginable and sometimes you don’t even want to use a brush. Selecting brushes means knowing your project, think about your project carefully, it’s common to find that you’ll need more than one brush to come up with a professional looking paint job.

If you’re going to be working around edges or trim then you’ll want a good cut-in brush. A cut-in brush is angled and usually between two and four inches wide. This brush helps you create and maintain a straight line for doing cracks, edges, and alongside trim and other fixed features.


Detailed work requires an artist’s brush. For those brave enough to try their hand at a mural or other intricate patterns on walls and furniture an artist’s brush will come in handy. The type of brush you will need will depend on your skill level and the project you’ve selected. But an inexpensive and small artist brush comes in handy for all painters when a little dab of touch up is needed.



A color wash brush is useful if you’re doing faux finishing techniques or applying paint with a brush. Color wash brushes are flat across the top and range in width. Remember that the bigger they are they heavier they are and when you add paint this can be quite taxing on the wrists.



For smooth surfaces where you want a finish without brush strokes, consider using a foam brush or roller. These tools work particularly well on small areas, trim or furniture.


If you’re painting a wall then a paint roller sleeve will work best. Select the nap of your roller based on the texture of your wall, the rule of thumb is the flatter the wall the shorter the nap.

For those adventurous souls who want to attempt a faux finish you’ll have to research your particular project and see what tools are necessary as these are extremely varied.

Additional Painting Supplies

Most painting projects will also require some additional painting supplies. Make sure you have painters tape, a paint tray with a liner (if you’re using a roller), a stir stick, a drop cloth and some rags for clean up. If you’re working on a wall you’ll also probably need a ladder so you can get to the high spots and cut in. For walls that are higher than average an extension handle for your paint roller is very handy.

Never be afraid to ask your painting professional if you’ve got all the right tools for your job. This is their area of expertise and they can save you a lot of headaches down the road. And now it’s time to begin painting.