painting materials

What materials do you need to paint your home?


The DIY of good painting starts with the right materials

The rule of thumb about hiring professional painters to paint your home is that you should budget $400/room. That adds up pretty fast as in this scenario a hallway is considered a room, a powder room is a room, a foyer is a room…the average three bedroom house has at least ten room = $4,000.

But, painting is the one job in the home that everyone can do. You just need patience, a lot of time, the right tools and a good quality paint.


  • A nine-inch paint pan and one plastic tray liner for each and every shade or colour change
  • Two nine-inch, medium-nap roller covers, and one sturdy nine-inch roller handle
  • A two-and-a-half-inch angled paint brush
  • One roll of fibreglass mesh tape to cover cracks prior to Spackling
  • Drop cloths to cover your floor and furniture
  • One roll each of two-inch masking tape and nonstick painter’s blue tape to mask off doorknobs, floorboards, windowsills and various other unpainted surface areas. Do not use regular masking tape for this or you will spend hours peeling it off later!
  • A quart of spackling substance
  • Two sheets of # 120 sandpaper
  • A quart of latex primer
  • A clamp-on electric light, and extra 100-watt light bulbs
  • Flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers
  • Rags
  • Plastic quart containers
  • An extension pole (broom handle) to connect your roller to
  • A step ladder
  • Gloves
  • Cap, old shirt, old jeans, old footwear —> painting clothes
  • A fan

Getting the right stuff

Figuring out the kind and quantity of materials you’ll require for the work is commonly the toughest part of the job. Bring your wall and ceiling measurements to the shop and they’ll hook you up with precisely just what you require.

When thinking about brands, many professional painters choose Benjamin Moore. I used it last time I painted and it was incredible to work with. If you are not going to use that, just remember that with paint you get what you pay for. I would suggest paying a premium and getting good paint!

Likewise, do not buy economical brushes; nothing’s more aggravating than having to stop constantly to pick bristles out of your paint.

Back to paint, you want to select the appropriate kind of paint. That means a water-based latex flat paint for ceilings, flat or “eggshell” surface for walls, and eggshell or semi-gloss for sills and doors.

If you have water or mildew stains on your surface areas, purchase a quick-drying alkyd or oil-based stain-killing primer. If you do not have stains, get a water-based primer to seal up any repair work or patches after they dry.