Paint & Accessories Buying Guide
Changing the paint colour in your home is one of the easiest and least expensive design changes you can make. When you want to get the most out of your interior decorating but don't want to break the bank, pick a new hue for your space! Our paint and accessories buying guide will make you a painting pro in no time.
Change the Look of Your Home Overnight with a Coat of Paint
Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to instantly change the look of your home decor. Any budget can achieve fast results with paint, while also improving air quality, boosting curb appeal, and covering marks and stains.
Choosing a Palette
Making Your Purchase
Choosing the Right Paint Brush & Roller
Did You Know?
For latex paint, you should only use synthetic brushes. For oil-based or alkyd paints, you can use either synthetic or natural bristle but it's always a good idea to check the manufacturer's recommendations.
Paint Brush Tips
- You can accomplish most paint jobs with a larger four inch brush for coverage and a smaller 2-inch brush for trim work and cutting in around corners.
- Dampen a synthetic brush before use. Paint will be less likely to dry on the brush.
- Don't overload a brush with paint. The application will be smoother and less wasteful.
- Paint with the brush at a 45-degree angle to maximize the bristle's surface area.
- For a better finish, paint from the area just painted towards the unpainted area. Painters call this "wet to dry."
- Dip the bristles one-third of the way into the paint; any deeper will waste paint. Tap the side of the brush on the inside of the can to remove excess paint.
- If you need to stop for an hour or so, position the brush in the paint to cover the bristle tips. For longer interruptions, wrap the brush in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for oil-based paints. If you're using latex, the refrigerator will be fine.
- Before cleaning, remove remaining paint by stroking the brush back and forth on newspaper. Before storing, remove paint with the proper thinner.
Paint Roller Tips
- Look for beveled edges on the roller for a smooth finish.
- Check to make sure the roller has no visible seams.
- Give it a squeeze - it should rebound to its original shape.
- Moisten before use with water or thinner to prevent paint from drying on the roller.
- Load the roller with paint from the slanted edge of the tray to prevent overloading.
- Paint in the shape of the letter W. Start by moving the roller away from you. Without lifting the roller from the wall, fill in the open space.
- To clean a roller cover, roll it back and forth on newspaper. Remove paint with the proper thinner. If you're rinsing out solvent-based paint, wear rubber gloves. Let it dry before storing.
- Disposable rollers are available. If you don't plan on repainting soon, you may want to use these to avoid cleanup (especially when using oil-based paint).
Nothing beats a paint sprayer for making quick work of a paint job. At the press of a trigger, the paint comes to you. No more dipping and dripping.