Jessica Kolifrath

We’ve all heard how painting is a fast and affordable way to transform a room without a major renovation, but even experienced home DIY lovers can still struggle to get clean lines and even coverage. On top of that, many of the products advertised to make the process easier can make it harder instead or at least waste your hard-earned money. These five painting tools actually work for reducing the hard work that goes into interior painting so you can get professional quality results without calling in a crew.

Rolling Edgers

Forget the tape and the fine-tipped brushes for getting smooth and clean edges around light switch plates and door openings. Grab a rolling edger tool, which combines a paint pad with a plastic based complete with small wheels that keep the paint from ending up on the wrong areas. The rollers allow the pad to glide smoothly so you can quickly complete your edging instead of spending hours on this part of interior painting.

Pour Attachments

Tired of ending up with a puddle of paint on the floor or soaking through your dropcloth every time you need to refill your roller tray? Grab an inexpensive plastic spout that slips over the top of a metal paint bucket. Even if you’re buying your paint in 5 gallon buckets to save money by going with bulk orders, you can find a pour attachment to prevent spills and drips.

Conditioning Liquids

Want the smooth results that professional painters get when working on tricky areas like moulding, baseboards, and doors? Instead of renting a sprayer and dealing with the mess it creates in tight spaces, grab a jug of paint conditioner that slows down the drying speed of your favorite brand. A slower drying process allows the surface tension of the paint to naturally smooth out the brush marks and smudges. While these conditioners were once solely available to the professionals, now homeowners can find small containers of them at any paint supply or home improvement store.

Paint Mixing Attachments

No matter how ambitious you are, you’re going to end up stopping in the middle of a room and waiting a few days to get back to the painting at hand. Stirring paint thoroughly is the only way to get even coverage and consistent color, but you can wear out your wrist before painting a single stroke by trying to mix thick paint by hand. Pick up at least one drill attachment for stirring paint and use it with your favorite cordless or corded drill. You’ll get more consistent results without wearing yourself out.

Window Brushes

With the right edging tools and a little experience, you can do most painting tasks with nothing but a roller and a basic brush. However, you definitely should invest in a fine-tipped window brush if you need to paint your window’s sashes, mullions, and grilles. These rounded brushes also provide smoother and more even results on trim pieces too. With proper cleaning, a $7 window brush will last through your next five or six interior painting projects.