July 6th, 2016

Get Started With This Printable Painting Checklist


I have a few questions for you:

1. Are you ready for a color change?
2. Is hiring a contractor out of your budget?
3. Are you thinking of doing a paint job yourself, but don’t know where to start?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can help. With a little preparation, you’ll feel like a painting pro in no time. First, let’s get organized.

Here’s a painting checklist for (almost) everything you should need to get started.

Painting Checklist

  • Roller covers & frames: It’s a good idea to have a few different sizes. For smooth surfaces you’ll want a cover with a small nap. Look for 3/8 inch covers for interior walls. Anything thicker may make your paint finish look like an orange peel.
  • Paint trays & liners: It’s always good to have a few on hand. Especially if you plan to use a few different colors.
  • Drop cloths: These can be purchased at any paint store, but to save money I use cardboard boxes, which work extremely well. Another budget option is to use old sheets because you can wash them and use them more than once. You can probably find some at your local thrift store.
  • High-quality paint brushes: Keep a few different types in your basket so you always have the right brush for the job. Check out this post for some tips on choosing the right type of paint brush.
  • Painter’s tape: To help you keep paint off the edges around baseboards, doors, windows and more.
  • Disposable gloves: For keeping paint off of your hands.
  • Rags or paper towels: To quickly clean up paint splatters.
  • Patching compound & putty knife: Perfect for filling in nail holes and dents before painting.
  • Sandpaper: To rough up a shiny surface and provide some “tooth” to help the paint stick better. It can also be used to smooth out a dried drip of paint.
  • Paint edging tools: They make painting straight lines along corners and edges super easy.
  • Tack cloths: Great for cleaning up a freshly sanded surface.
  • Paint can opener: These are sometimes referred to as paint keys. They are much better for opening a can of paint than a screwdriver.

Once I have a list of the supplies I need, I grab a big basket or box for all of my supplies so they’re in an easy-to-reach place when I’m ready to start painting.


Create a painting supply basket from an inexpensive laundry basket


Since I plan on keeping my painting supply basket stocked, I made a label and tied it to my basket with ribbon.


Supplies needed to get the best paint finish results


When you have everything you need on your painting checklist, from the roller frames all the way down to a paint can opener, place it in your basket and store in an easy-to-reach place. I keep mine in my garage.


Painting supplies to have on hand
And don’t forget the stirring sticks. Paint needs to be stirred a few times during any painting session. Pick up a few every time you buy paint.


Paint stirring sticks


As you start to paint the rooms in your home, you’re sure to find a few tools that will make the process easier. When you do, add these to your painting checklist. For instance, I paint a lot of furniture so I’ve added foam blocks to my basket to raise furniture off of the floor. This makes it easier for me to paint. When you run out of something on your painting checklist, make sure to restock so you’re never without a needed painting supply.


Make a painting supply basket to hold everything you need to paint in one easy to get to place
Once you have your painting supply basket ready, when you find yourself with some free time and you’re ready to paint, all you have to do is grab it and you’re ready to go. You will be surprised at how easy it is to paint a room or a piece of furniture when you have everything you need ready and waiting.

The last thing you might need is a ladder or step stool. But they’re a bit big to fit in your painting supply basket…


Download the printable painting checklist.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.