Painting Supplies Checklist: Everything You Need for Your First Painting Job

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Taking on a do it yourself painting project does not need to be hard. However, you do need to do some prep work before you get started. A big part of that prep work is assembling the right tools that will help you tackle just about any paint job.

But how is one to know what to use? By reading this guide! Read on for a comprehensive list of some basic equipment you will need for painting.

Paint: Not to be too obvious, but you will need to buy some paints before you get started. Buying the right amount of paint can seem a little bit daunting at first, but it really isn’t very tricky. Keep in mind that one gallon can paint a four hundred square foot space.

Using the metric, you should be able to figure out how much paint you need without too much trouble.

Canvas: Getting a canvas sheet to throw down on the floor before you paint can save you a lot of heartbreak. Many rookie painters will make the mistake of going with old sheets.

While it is possible to get away with this method, it is risky. Old sheets are often flimsy and susceptible to paint bleed through. Canvas sheets are durable, and minimize the risk of unfortunate messes.

Warm Water/Mild Dish Soap/Gentle Rag: These are three things, but they all serve the same purpose, and they are all probably already in your kitchen.

Before committing to any painting task, it is always a good idea to scrub down your workpiece. Dirt and grime can compromise a paint job, and cause you issues that you don’t want to deal with. Why risk it?

Taking a few minutes to use tools you already have can make a big difference in the quality of your paint job.

Primer: Primer lays a good foundation for the paint job that is to come, and it also helps the colors pop when they finally dry. Using primer is more work, but it is also well worth the effort.

priming wood

A Means of Laying Paint: Last but not least, you need to have something to apply the paint to your workpiece. In other words, you either need to get some brushes and rollers, or a spray system. Brushes and rollers are cheap, and they waste virtually no paint, but they also consume a lot of time.

Sprayers are much quicker, but they are also a little pricey, and they use three times more paint than brushes and rollers.

Ultimately, you will need to decide for yourself which method applies best to your situation.

Painter’s Tape: Painter’s tape can be used to section off areas of your home that you don’t want to paint. The tape provides a boarder and prevents unfortunate bleed through.

painters tape

Painter’s Putty: If there are imperfections in your workpiece, you are going to need painter’s putty. You can use this material to close up gaps, and repair minor damage for a smooth paint job.

Note: a paint edger can also be a nice little tool to have near.


The startup cost for a paint job does not have to be particularly high. While there are some choices you can make that will make your do it yourself job a little bit pricier, it is also very possible to perform this task on a budget.

Using the tools that we have listed above, you will have no problem giving your home a facelift!