Ty Pennington's Quick Tip: Paint Brushes and Rollers

Design | Paint Brushes and Rollers

Nothing frustrates me more than agreeing to help someone paint only to be given a choice of crappy brushes. Now, good brushes should be part of your basic painting tool kit.

So, start with 2-3 good synthetic brushes and I recommend sticking with brushes that are 2 or 3 inches wide. Now, square tips are good for flat surfaces. Angled tips work best on windows, corners, and nooks.  And when you get really good, man that angled tip really works nicely!

Ty Pennington's Quick Tip: Paint Brush Basics

But please, do me a favor and steer clear of the bargain brushes and bags of foam applicators. They may be cheap and disposable, but do you want your walls to look cheap and disposable? Right! A really good brush costs about the same as a bag of cheap ones. It will last for years if you take care of it. And seriously you take care of your brush they’ll take care of you. Who knows, you got nice brushes around, I might even come by and help you paint… Uh, maybe not!

Now I know how exciting it is to change colors or add finishes, but when it comes to painting, remember that the tools of the trade are as important as the right paint. And another tool I want to recommend is my old friend the paint roller.

Now, rollers are best for large surfaces like walls, but also come in handy when painting built-in shelving or tabletops. Rollers have a metal, plastic or foam base that’s topped with a variety of covers like mohair and lamb’s wool, which are nice and soft.

Ty Pennington's Quick Tip: Paint Rollers

Now, once you get started, use the W rule. Apply your first strokes to the wall making a large letter W and then fill in the gaps. This helps keep the paint evenly spread.

And one last thing, if you have to stop the job between coats, slide the roller into a large plastic bag to keep it from drying out. Painting with rollers is a lot like life. There’re ups and downs, it can get a little messy, but you just kind have to roll with it!

Do you have any tips for paint tools? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


All photos courtesy of TyPennington.com

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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