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I got my first set of tools as a high school graduation gift. It was a little set from IKEA that included a hammer, flat head and phillips screwdrivers, a wrench, and pliers. It served me well all through college and into my first year living on my own. But then I got the decorating and DIY bug and I moved up to bigger and better things, and that is when I bought a toolbox. I felt like such a man (not male, but like a responsible adult citizen) buying one, that is until I quickly filled it with girly crap like 3M hooks and a stapler with flowers on it 🙂

This last year I’ve really honed in on what tools I actually use and need often. I live alone (sometimes) and I’m not really into a lot of major construction projects so these are the necessary tools for the amateur or just a regular old homeowner. These are the things you will need to hang a picture, repair a hole in the drywall or plaster, or paint a room.

So if you are just starting out or trying to clean up your tool kit, here is what I use, starting with paint supplies…

Part 1: Paint Supplies
Sure you can open a can of paint with a flat head but for 79 cents you can buy a paint can opener and it will make opening a paint can like a billion times less annoying. Plus you can keep this tool with your paint supplies and not have to go digging through your toolbox every time you need to paint. Bonus, the opposite end is a BOTTLE. OPENER. What???
I paint a lot so a while back I stopped buying the linings for this paint tray and just dumped the paint directly into the tray. It rinses out pretty well and it saves me like a $1.50 every time I paint. But either way you’ll need a tray for painting. The nice thing about this paint tray is that you can store all of the other paint supplies inside of it when it’s not in use. I love things with dual purposes!
It’s pretty obvious, but you’ll need a paint roller. I own a really crappy one, but if you are buying a new one I’d recommend the kind that extend a little because they make it easier to paint up closer to the ceiling (especially if you have taller ceilings).
I’ve said it before but I prefer Frog Tape over any other brand (here). I don’t tape when I paint rooms any more, but I do use painter’s tape for a variety of other paint related projects.
I love sandpaper blocks! They are so much easier to use than a piece of sandpaper. I would love to buy an orbital sander but until then I use the sanding blocks when I can (although annoyingly I’ve only been able to find them in a light grit).
No matter how hard I try I cannot wait for Spackle to dry. I don’t know what is wrong with me. Anyway, Spackle is really nice to have around for repairing any holes, but unlike me, you should really wait for it to dry.
Magic Erasers are super weird. I really don’t like touching them because the material is strange and it makes my skin crawl, but I try to get over it because they actually work. I like to keep them around when I’m painting to remove any paint drips on trim or my hardwood floors. Or you can use it for prepping a wall or piece of furniture that is a little dirty. Bonus: these suckers last a really long time.
via Walmart

I just recently threw out my 2″ angle paint brush because it had seen better days. But this is my go to paint brush (not this one in particular, I’m not brand loyal about this kind of stuff). I use this for trimming out rooms instead of taping the whole room up. It works great and it’s much faster than it sounds.

via Bed Bath & Beyond

While not technically a “tool”, I have this step ladder and I love it! I forgot to take a picture of mine, but this is the one I have. Of course, using a step ladder to paint is optional, but I really recommend it. I used to just stand on a dining room chair but a few paint splatters later I figured it was time to get something a little more appropriate for the task. While I use this every time I paint, I also use it to reach the top of closets, etc. It’s nice to have around!

Those are my go to paint tools. I paint a lot but even if you are only planning on painting one or two rooms I would still recommend all of these things. Thankfully, all of these ‘tools’ are really inexpensive and they are mostly reusable.

What are your go to paint tools?

PS I’ll be back on Wednesday with a round up of what other tools I use and love!

I really hate to break it to you but chalkboard paint is sort of a sham. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look and I don’t regret painting a chalkboard wall in my kitchen but it is only a “chalkboard” in the sense that IKEA furniture is “wood.” At least that is what I’ve been thinking since I painted it about six months ago (here).

Remember those green chalkboards from elementary school? I loved those. I especially liked it when my class job was to de-chalk the erasers which involved just going outside and banging them together so that the dust flew everywhere. There is no comparison between a real slate chalkboard and something painted with chalkboard paint, but I finally figured out a few tricks to make mine work better.

The problem I was having is that whenever I tried to erase a message it doesn’t really erase. See how you can still see my previous message underneath the current one?

Here is what it looks like after I tried to erase (with a dry paper towel):

Yeah not great. Because I’ve had this problem I’ve only changed the message like three times in the six months since I painted it. Frustrated by this I decided to actually spend 15 minutes and figure out what I was doing wrong and amazingly I did figure it out.
Here is out to properly use a chalkboard painted wall:
Prime it with chalk. When you first paint the wall the directions tell you to ‘prime’ it which basically entails rubbing a piece of chalk all over the wall. It seemed weird and pointless but I did it.
Side note: Chalk gets everywhere while doing this and I read somewhere that folding over a piece of painters tape will help catch some of the dust. It actually did help a little bit, but not a ton. 
What I did originally was prime the wall with chalk and then I completely wiped it off. That seemed like a reasonable thing to do, but it is the wrong thing to do. Instead of wiping the chalk off completely you just sort of rub it around until it’s smoky looking.
I also thought priming it was something you did once, but in order for it to work properly you should prime it whenever the wall looses this smoky look. If your wall looks smoky like this you can write and erase and write again and it works!
* So chalkboard paint actually does work… if you use it properly! Who knew?
Here is a side by side showing what to do and what not to do:

Also, if you ever do make yourself a chalkboard wall let me be the first to tell you that it is really hard to find chalk. I looked everywhere! I finally found colored chalk a few months ago, but I really wanted white so I kept looking. I finally found some last week so I was happy. I guess the best place would be to go to a teacher supply store or something but whose got time for that? I finally found some at Target which I’d looked at several times before but this time they actually had some in stock.
Also, I copy all my messages straight from the Pinterest ‘quotes’ category because I’m super original.
The end!

Painter’s Tape

October 5, 2012 — 2 Comments

Do you remember when painter’s tape was invented? For some reason, I do. I actually just googled it and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape was invented in 1988 … so maybe I don’t remember it because I was three, but I do remember it getting popular.


As I’ve mentioned before I paint rooms a lot, like way too much for a normal person. For that reason I have a lot of opinions and about painting techniques and tools. Up until recently I always used blue tape, it was the standard. I would tape up everything and then paint. As I started painting more I started taping less because it is super annoying task. I free hand edging now because I am too lazy too tape, but also because of this:

Leaking. This is from my chalkboard wall that I did recently. I still have rolls of blue tape lying around that I want to finish up so I used it for this project and my parent’s front door makeover. Major leakage on both.

The point of this post: I am over ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

A lot of bloggers have written posts about their love for FrogTape (here, here). I was skeptical at first, but I thought I would give it a try since I’ve been having trouble with blue tape lately.


I just recently used up the last of my blue tape and I’m happy to say that I am on the FrogTape bandwagon and I’m not going back. It is only a little more expensive than blue tape (about $.40) and it comes in a cool plastic case.

Here is why I like green tape:

1) It is stickier. The point of painter’s tape is that is sticky enough to stick to walls and trim without pulling paint or veneer off and to keep paint from leaking. Blue tape is just not sticky enough. Although, I recently helped a friend paint and the green tape did take off some of the veneer on their trim (nothing noticeable, it was just on the tape) so if you have fragile trim or paint you may want to got with the more gently blue tape but be warned: it leaks!

2) It doesn’t leak. I’ve been trying to use green tape more for projects around my house and I am happy to say that it definitely doesn’t leak as much as the blue tape. Although, it does have some (it’s not perfect), but it is way less than the blue.

3) It’s green and pretty.

The end.