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Tools you need to prep and paint a room

Essentially decorating tools for prepping and painting a room

WordsMaha Elley


The secret to achieving a flawless finish for your paint job isn’t just in the technique; you need to arm yourself with the best tools if you want to paint walls that wow. 

From brushes to paint rollers, prepare yourself for a professional paint project by gathering the tools below.

Tools for the prep

Don’t underestimate the importance of careful prep for a flawless paint finish. Here’s what you need to get to prep like a pro: 

  • A sharp stripping knife. Painting on a surface with scraps of old wallpaper? Take it off carefully with a stripping knife, taking care to avoid the plaster.
  • A piece of fine sandpaper to sand down any bumps or lumps. Make sure your painting surface is as smooth as possible before application. 
  • Soap, sponge, gloves and a bucket. Get your surfaces ready by sponging them down with a mixture of warm water and trusty soap. Greasy surfaces are no good for painting - a good washing up liquid can be particularly good. Rinse off the soap after cleaning, and leave to dry overnight before getting started. 
  • Protect skirting boards and switches from splodges by covering them with masking tape (discover how to use painter's masking tape when decorating).
  • Wall filler and a filling knife to tackle any holes and gaps and create a smooth working surface.
  • Sand down any uneven bits with a piece of fine sandpaper. Prepare for things to get a little dusty with this tool so keep a hoover handy.  
  • Protective decorators dust sheets to save your flooring and furniture. Opt for canvas for ultimate protection. 
  • Primer paint for a solid base and a more intense and longer-lasting finish. Make sure you give your coat of primer enough time to dry before applying any colour.
  • A paint roller extension pole if you are painting a high ceiling and need some help reaching it.

    (Tip: Using Lick paint? Save time and money by skipping the primer - our paint is designed to ensure you just need a few coats with no need for a primer on most surfaces.)

Tools for the application

All prepped and ready to go? Here’s what you need to get on with the application: 

  • A tin of Lick paint (okay, you can get any brand you like). 
  • Paintbrush. In the paintbrush vs. paint roller debate; we always say, get both. Brushes are much better for tackling edges and corners, as well as dealing with tricky areas such as behind radiators or around frames. 
  • Paint roller. Rollers are the best application tools for central surface areas. Trust us, you’ll save yourselves a lot of time by investing in a good paint roller rather than attempting an entire room with a brush.  
  • Safety glasses and mask. Protect yourself from fumes and dust by getting your painting gear on. Oh, and we would also recommend putting on your least favourite clothes for the task. 

Once you’ve gathered all the above, you’re ready to go. Take a deep breath and reach for that brush. It’s time to start the painting process...