For small projects and touch-ups, many DIYers prefer to use an old coffee can, or plastic cup to hold their paint, rather than rely on a cumbersome paint tray. While there's nothing wrong with repurposing containers you have lying around the house, you may get better performance out of a dedicated palette, such as the Bob Vila's Painter's Palette. Made from unique fibers, the palette is designed to grip the paint, minimizing the risk of spills. Even if the palette tip or falls upside down, the palette prevents the kind of mess that would result from a capsized paint cup. Available at Amazon; $21.99.