DIY Like a Pro
Nothing renews a room on the quick like paint, but jumping into a job before you prep can leave you with a lackluster paint job. Before you tape off the crown molding, lay the drop cloth, or ventilate the room, remember that professional-looking painting takes prep work and quality tools—like those that follow here.
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Pour & Roll
Quickly Clean Glove
Even if you're diligent about using painter's tape and dropcloths, DIY painting can leave its mess—on your hands and tools! The Quickly Clean Glove was developed by a house painter and can remove oil-based paint, caulk, adhesive, and dirt from woodwork, hands, and tools with nothing but plain water or mild soap.
Available from HYDE at Amazon; $9.75
Paint Brush & Roller Cleaner
You'll never deal with another paintbrush slipping into the roller pan with the Painter's Assistant. This multi-use tool features a magnetic clip to keep paintbrushes in place and attaches to paint cans or roller pans. It's also a carrying handle for quart and 2-quart paint cans.
Available at HYDE Store; $5.94
Multi-Blade Paint Mixer
Mini Guide Paint Shield
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