12 Essential painting Tools

Don’t you just love that 60s disco-turquoise color next to that groovy bathroom tile? How about the puce-colored bedroom walls the previous occupant left behind?

No? Well, good news — we have your back.

If you’re looking to spruce up your house with some new shades of paint but want to make the job as easy as possible, you’re in the right place.

In this post, we’re covering some of the best painting tools to make your renovation project a breeze. From handheld sprayers to corner rollers, if a tool can make painting easier, it’s in our list!

First time painting? Don’t forget to check out our post on the most common painting mistakes and how to avoid them.

Best Painting Tools to Use

Some painting tools are pure gimmicks and are about as helpful as a chocolate teapot. Other tools for painting, though, can make your projects easier, faster, and much more fun. Plus, most of these tools are affordable so they won’t push up the cost of your DIY renovation.

Here’s our round-up of the best painting tools to use on your next home decor task:

Paint Spouts

Paint Spouts

What the heck are paint spouts, you might wonder.

Glad you asked. A paint spout is a piece of plastic that’s made to snap onto the rim of your paint can. Pour the paint into the tray or bucket, not onto the floor.

Spouts also prevent paint from spilling down the sides of your can. There is nothing worse than picking up a paint can at the end of a long day of work, only to find a beautifully painted circle on your floor…

We recommend the Shur-Line range.

Wonder Buckets

Wonder Bucket

These handy tools for painting let you keep everything neatly in one place. With the wonder bucket, you don’t have to pour and fill your paint into a messy tray.

There are a lot of pros to using a wonder bucket over a paint tray. For example, you save multiple gallons of paint, no need to repetitively refill, and you don’t have to worry about paint spills.

The biggest advantage: They are extremely portable! In fact, often the professionals prefer the wonder bucket over a tray.

Try the Zorr Corp bucket with wheels.

Paint Touch Up Pen

Paint Touch Up Pen

These are absolute lifesavers. Imagine yourself finishing the job, cleaning everything up, and standing there to admire your job well done only to find that minuscule, white spot in the corner that you didn’t spot two hours ago. Ugh, how frustrating!

Well, now imagine being to simply break out a touch-up pen to fill that spot like a coloring book. Easy peasy.

Telescoping Roller Pole

Telescoping Roller Pole

Unless you’re a professional basketball player, you’re going to need some sort of lengthening tool to help you reach every top inch of your wall. You could use a ladder, or you could stay on the ground and use a roller pole!

These handy devices are cheap, reusable, and awesome for those of us who are vertically challenged. Not to mention that they save you a lot of time and give your arm a rest, allowing you to reach from the floor to the ceiling in one swoop.

Our personal favorite is the Bates Extension Pole, which will give you another three feet of reach. Want to get higher than that? You can find telescoping poles with even more reach if needed.

Paint Sprayer


Why paint when you can spray?

Yet another tool to help you save time: the sprayer. While you definitely have to be careful that you don’t spray yourself (practice outside the house first, that’s our pro tip), a paint sprayer can save you time and help you become a more accurate painter.

This painting tool is especially helpful if your paint job is a large one. Cover several rooms in half the time.

Door Hinge Mask

Door Hinge Mask
These solve the age-old (and time-consuming) problem of having to take off door hinges before painting.

Don’t bother trying to cut the perfect tape cover over your door hinge when door hinge masks exist! Since they go for around $8 for 20 masks, it’s a bargain to boot!

If you’re painting multiple rooms, door hinge masks are a must. They are made of nonporous, laminated material that’s protective, but easy to take off at the end of the job.

Small Brushes

Small Brushes
Don’t underestimate the power of the small brush.

You definitely can’t get through the full job with just one brush. Spend the money and invest in different sizes and some smaller brushes.

Small brushes help for touch-ups, cutting in, as well as for getting into all those fun little nooks and crannies. Plus, they are inexpensive and can be found for around a dollar a pop.

Corner Rollers

Corner Rollers

Corners are often hard to get into, and worse, when you do, things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Poorly painted corners can make an otherwise excellent paint job look rough or rushed.

Much like small brushes, corner rollers help you with the tricky process of getting in those small crevices. Plus, these tools ensure that you don’t have tell-tale brush marks ruining your finish.

With this painting tool, you can literally cut corners and speed up your task. We like the LF Decor model for its smooth finish and pro-looking results.

Can Claw

Can Claw
Whoever invented those annoying wire handles on paint cans should be fired! They get messy and are hard to pick up because they’re so small.

Can claws save you from the discomfort of wire handles and avoid the paint drip that comes with dipping your brush in the bucket over and over again.

Painting Tools for DIY Pros

If you’re past the beginner level and looking to up your game, we also found some helpful painting tools for the professional DIY painter.

Paint Guards

Paint Guard
This painting tool is often forgotten but is really useful. Paint guards are essentially square pieces of thin plastic. Really, these tools are more guide than guard. You just take it and press it up against the wall. It gives you some space to make mistakes as it protects the surface on the other side.

If you don’t already have one, grab one and take the frustration out of painting near trim that’s a different color than the wall.


Hand Masker

While this tool may be on the pricier side, it’s worth it if you find yourself painting often and handling large jobs.

A hand-masker helps you line up paper and tape properly, which we all know can be a hugely painful task!

It’s also really nice to have for touching up your work. We’re a fan of the 3M Hand-Masker.

Paint Edger

Paint Edger
Forget the paint tape because this handy little tool allows you to paint the edges of a wall easily, cleanly, accurately, and quickly!

It paints in one, straight, beautiful line. Just fill it up with a bit of paint and you’re off.

Pipe Painter

Pipe Painter
If you’re a DIYer who leaves no surface unpainted, you might find yourself painting pipes often, which is where a tool like this comes in handy.

These weird-looking rollers are actually composed of smaller paint rollers stacked together. Easily paint a cylindrical surface with pipe painters as these handy additions to your painter’s arsenal bend to match the curved surfaces they’re pressed against.

As you can imagine, pipe painters are equally useful for tasks such as painting chair legs.

Don’t Forget About the Clean-up

You’re finally done but not quite.

Now you’ve got to clean everything. And no matter how tired you are, that paint is going to be much harder to deal with if it dries on your tools.

Make sure you’ve got the right cleaner for the tools you’ve used and the type of paint. There are a bunch of commercial cleaners available, but the cheapest one might be as close as the kitchen: vinegar. Give that a try on your next painting project.

Have Fun Painting!

Painting can be a chore and a bore, or it can be a fun Sunday activity — providing you have the right tools for the job, of course.

Whether it’s your first time painting or your 50th, it never hurts to get new info. Try the tools above to make painting faster, more intuitive, and much easier!