Bob Vila Radio: Painting Tools

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Apr 29, 2016 4:10 PM

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If you’re getting ready for a painting project, it’s important to think ahead and have your tools and supplies ready so you can finish what you start.

Painting Tools


Listen to BOB VILA ON PAINTING TOOLS, or read text below:

Find some clothes you don’t care about, and get some shoe covers to protect the rest of the house while you’re working. If you can’t empty the room of furniture, have enough painter’s plastic or drop clothes to cover it all in the middle of the room.  For the prep, depending on your project you’ll need putty and a putty knife, sandpaper, washbucket, and a shop vac.  Don’t forget a paint can opener, stirrers, and a utility knife.

Mess control equipment is important:  masking tape, dropcloths, pans, liners, rags and gloves. Keep things easy to find and move out of your way by stowing it all in a utility box along with your brushes and rollers. And don’t forget a stepladder, extension poles, and a big water bottle. Painting is thirsty work!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on painting tools, consider:

Painting Tools and Materials
How To: Paint a Room
How To: Paint Like a Pro