An Introduction to Paint Supplies and Faux Painting Tools

Some painting tools are a necessity for nearly every job. Rollers, trays, painter’s tape, and brushes just to name a few.

But anyone who has ever shopped for these simple tools knows that there are so many choices (rollers of different naps, for instance, I’ll explain later) that selection is anything but simple.

Ever wonder what the difference is between a $40 gallon of paint and a $10 gallon? The simple answer is "quite a bit". But you can find a more detailed answer through the "Selecting Paints & Glazes" link below.

What tools and supplies do you need to prepare a space for painting or staining? What is simply unnecessary expense?

To confuse things even more, the recent boom in the popularity of faux finish painting techniques has produced a flood of new glazes, tools, specialty rollers and brushes, and other paint supplies.

These have complicated a once-simple process with too many choices. It can all be overwhelming to the beginner (and in some cases the experienced painter as well). It seems every day a new product appears on the market, designed to make the painting process “easier”.

The truth is, many of the newfangled painting tools and supplies are unnecessary. The tried and true techniques found on this site typically require only a few specialty tools.

This page is meant to provide an introduction to the mountain of products available and their uses. Each specific faux paint technique found on this site will provide a list of tools and supplies necessary to complete the job, so don’t fear that you’ll need to memorize all the information found here.

Instead, let this guide you through your preparation experience and the marketing blitz that you’ll experience in the paint department of any home improvement store.

For convenience sake, I’ve split the introductions into three separate pages:

  • Everyday Paint Supplies will give you an introduction to rollers, paintbrushes, painter’s tape, and other tools you will need for nearly every job.

  • Faux Painting Tools guides you through a general overview of sponges, faux finish brushes and rags, wood graining tools and others.

  • Selecting Paints & Glazes gives you the info you need to choose quality paints, stains, and glazes, so that you can achieve the results you want with the least amount of stress.

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