31 tools to need for good results in painting your room

It’s always the worst when you buy your bucket of paints for your room, start painting and you ended up with a mess. The tools and equipment are as important as the right paint, even more, because, with the right tools, you achieve good results in painting having spent less time and effort.
When I designed and worked on the project management of my decoration works, I always asked and get the advice of my painters, tilers and other artisans about the technical aspects of their craftsmanship.
After the help of their advice, my experience in design and remodelling and my technical search, I do advise the following 31 tools and equipment for your painting projects in three groups (a-Brushes, rollers and pads; b-Striping knives, hooks and containers; c-Working platform and other equipment) as following;
        1. General-purpose brushes
        2. Masonry Brush
        3. Cutting in Brush
        4. Dusting Brush
        5. Fitch Brush
        6. Crevice Brush
        7. Roller and Tray
        8. Angle Roller
        9. Pads

        10. Stripping Knife
        11. Triangular Shave Hook
        12. Combination Shave Hook
        13. Filling Knife
        14. Taping Knife
        15. Trimming Knife
        16. Blowlamp
        17. Paint Kettle

        18. Sandpaper (Glasspaper Block)

        19. Step-ladder
        20. Scaffold board
        21. Pasting Table
        22. Work light
        23. Straight Edge
        24. S-hook
        25. Sponge
        26. Pencil
        27. Plumb Line
        28. Hop-up
        29. Drop cloths
        30. Stir Stick
        31. Vacuum Cleaner
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31 tools to need for good results in painting your room

a-Brushes, rollers and pads

1-General-purpose brushes:

When it comes to getting the best result in painting, the most important thing is you need a good quality brush. In the past, it was said that natural bristle would be the best. With the improvements in technology, synthetic brushes are worked well for your needs.

The painting experts Dulux points out that the natural brushes are better for water-based paints, whereas the natural brush is more convenient for traditional solvent-based and emulsion paints. Since nylon absorbs less water than the natural ones, and they keep the shape during the painting. “They are especially good for painting woodwork and furniture in water-based satin, eggshell and gloss finishes,” as the company points.

For whole room painting- for walls and ceilings, you need two sizes of brushes: 100 and 150 mm.

For other works, trims and details, you may need 3 sizes of brushes, as thin, medium and wide. Approximately half, 1 and 2 inches (ca. 12, 25 and 50 mm) sizes are the sizes that experts prefer.

If you have a feature wall and planning to paint two different colours like one lighter and other darker, it is good to use two sets of brushes- if possible. Use one set or at least one 100 mm brush for lighter and one for the darker colour.

31 tools for good results in painting
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2-Masonry Brush:

These are strong and long brushes with long and firm bristle.  A masonry brush is pretty basic in its uses with the exterior brick walls of your house, but it can also be useful for rendering.

3-Fitch Brush:

The Fitch brush, having an angled tip, is useful for window and door frames and for painting straight lines.

Cutting in Brush;

Speaking of straight lines, a cutting brush can be very helpful when it comes to painting the edges between the walls, ceilings and skirting.

If you don’t want to buy this brush however, a well straight edge 12 mm brush can do almost as good a job.

Dusting Brush;

Along with plastering, sanding to flatten the surface has a minor problem that you may not think of. The dust and particles are still on the wall. So the wall has not ready to paint yet.  That’s when a simple dusting brush can be pretty useful. It has long and soft bristles and you can brush the dust after sanding.

Crevice Brush;

The tool for your radiators is the crevice brush. It may sound some old-fashioned but it is very useful and handy. However, you can use the thinnest size of a brush to reach narrow gaps if you have difficulty to find it.

Roller and Tray;

If you are a bit impatient like me and want a quicker job, rollers are best for you- especially for large areas like walls in the living room. You don’t have to be an expert for a good finish with a roller but you need to buy more paint since it consumes more.

The medium or long-pile roller can be useful for some difficult and time-consuming tasks like the rough exterior surfaces or roughcast walls.

Most basic rollers will include a tray. The rollers can cover a variety of materials such as lambswool, mohair, synthetic fibres etc. According to experts, the synthetic or short pile mohair is the best for oil-based gloss and eggshell finishes, while the medium or long pile is for emulsion paints.

I’m sure you might be thinking how to clean your roller and tray after the use, it is easy as water and soap for emulsion (water-based) and necessary paint solvent for oil-based paint. You might already know and guess, but one of the best ways to avoid rust and mould is wrapped in a paper after the washing and drying.

Angle Roller;

If you don’t want to buy roller and tray together, you can get your angle roller separately.

Paint Pads;

If your concern is more about your budget, then paint pads are more economical in use than rollers. They are suitable more suitable for narrow flat surfaces such as window frames and skirting. You can paint both water and oil-based paints however, for larger areas the water-based emulsions have more success rate. You can find more details on Amazon and can watch the video about how to use the paint pad.

b-Striping knives, hooks and containers

Stripping Knife;

When it comes to stripping paint off flat surfaces, use a 3 in. wide stripping knife.

Triangle Shave Hook;

Combination Shave Hook;

For filling the difficult corners, use a triangular or combination shave hook.

Filling Knife;

In simple meaning, filling knife fills the small holes and impurities on the wall. If you don’t want to buy one, a stripping knife can work to fill the cracks too.

Tapping Knife;

It enables you to paint the edge in sharp and neat.

Trimming Knife;

it is more efficient for cutting wallpapers, but it is always to keep in the toolbox in case e you need to cut anything like sandpaper etc while you are painting.

Sandpaper (Glasspaper) Block;

It is the final step for the smoothest version of the walls for paint.


When striping the oil paint, the quest and effective way is burning the oil paint with a blowlamp.

Paint Bucket (Kettle);

It is convenient to pour the painting into a container before starting the paint. You can use plastic as the cheapest and practical option.

c-Working platform and other equipment


A step-ladder, preferably with a folding platform or a clip-on tray at the top is the working essential for your work.

If you are willing to paint large and high spaces, having walls above 2.5meter (ca. 8 ft), then prepare professional scaffolding detail. Place a scaffold board between two step-ladders.

Scaffold board;

Scaffold boards are usually in the size of 250 x 32 mm and up to 5-7  meter long. You can find it from timber merchants or hire from decorator shops or builders.

Pasting Table:

A professional pasting table, work table or existing old dining table can work as the pasting table to work on top of it and prepare your paint.

Work light:

A work light sounds like the most basic and maybe deterred for buying since you have the permanent light bulbs in your room to be painted, but that is not the end of the story. Sure, you have fair enough light while you are painting your home. But the main purpose of work light- preferably led light- is more technical.

When you start painting since from the starting plastering, filling and correcting the surface to the real painting, you can’t see the minor imperfections under normal light- however the bright space.  You need to put portable work light to the wall with an angle to see any minor thing to fill or any correction on the paint.

Straight Edge:

It is kinda metal ruler to create straight edges.


S-hook can be pretty practical to deal with your mess and stuff while you’re working on painting and other works you have to focus. It is in S shape, the top part of the ‘S’ is attached to wall or door, and bottom part of the ‘S’ carry any stuff you are hanging to it.


It is useful for cleaning the surfaces for the preparation of the painting. The gloss surfaces are easy to clean with sponge and soap.


I’m sure you might be thinking that, with all the useful painting tools, a pencil might seem a little random, but you need one eventually while pointing the measurement or placing notes on the walls, like colour codes. Obviously, you don’t need to buy a brand new one but you can keep one of the pencils inside the paint toolbox since it will get dirty and difficult to use in your other tasks.

Plumb Line:

Your basic plump line will enable you a vertical straight line. It is a rope and metal is attached to this rope. You hang it along the line where you want to create the vertical alignment.


A small decorating bench or work step. You’ll find that it will really come in handy when you want to reach a little higher spaces longer than your arm length very easily.

Drop cloths:

These are the clothes that cover to protect your furniture and existing floor from dust and paint drops.

Stir Stick:

This is a simple paint stick approximately 14 inches (ca. 36 cm) long. Basically, the purpose of the stir sticks is pretty simple, but it is a topmost necessity to reach a well-painted room. You need to stir each box of painting when you open. It is because the components of the paint, pigment, water and binder- come to smooth.

Vacuum Cleaner:

It looks you need a vacuum for cleaning after the painting, as you may think eventually. However, it is purpose is more important for good work. You need it because you have to clean all the dust on the plaster after sanding. If you can buy an affordable model and use for just painting, it is ideal. However, you can use your existing machine with a filter and frequent cleaning of the vacuum.

These 31 tools to need for good results in painting your room. Of course, you don’t have to buy everything. You can hire, ask your family members or friends to borrow, or even you can recycle some items from your garages such as paint kettle or forgotten brushes.