the end of January, and Iím still thinking about which
painting projects Iíll tackle as the light gets better
and the weather warmer.
before Christmas, the Paint Quality Institute sent me a
list of last-minute gifts for the do-it-yourself
donít write about products anymore, but I thought the
list was worth passing along, even post-holidays:
cutting-in tool. The most time-consuming part of a paint
job can be cutting in corners and edges. This can reduce
the time required.
masking tool. Another way to speed painting around edges
and corners is with an automatic masking-tape dispenser.
Similar to packing-tape dispensers, such tools allow the
painter to quickly apply the tape and cut it to the
desired length with a quick flick of the wrist.
about an aluminum bench? When painting interior walls
and ceilings, the pros use a sturdy bench, which is
easier to work from, easier to move, and makes for a
more stable painting platform than a ladder. Itís also
a handy place to sit down and take a break.
thereís the short-handled paintbrush. If youíve ever
done any painting, you know what a challenge it can be
to use a brush or paint roller behind toilets, radiators
and heavy furniture, or in tight areas, for that matter.
Thatís why this is such a a good idea ó the
mini-brush makes it easy to apply paint in those
paintbrush light. Remember what I said about waiting for
the light to improve? Cloudy days and dim lighting can
make painting difficult. But a battery-powered source of
illumination that attaches right to the brush handle?
That can counter the gloom, and brighten dark areas to
make painting easier.
brush comb. This handy little item helps stretch the
life of those expensive paintbrushes by removing paint
residue from the bristles. Some models even double as
squeegees that remove excess paint from roller covers.
go-to source about all things paint is the Paint Quality
Instituteís Web site,