September 22nd, 2016

Mystery Solved: Find out what these painting tools are for


If you’ve ever found yourself standing in the paint-tool aisle at your local paint store and wondered what the heck are some of these painting tools used for? I can help.

I’ve gathered my five favorite painting tools that I won’t start a project without. These tools were designed to help you get professional results quickly. They also help keep your brushes and rollers in optimal condition. Each one will be a valuable addition to your painting tool kit.


paint strainer


Paint strainers

These inexpensive paper cones with a strainer at the tip are not on most DIY painters’ radar, but they should be! They cost about 29 cents a piece. I buy a few at a time so I always have one when needed.

When to use a paint strainer

You should always pour the amount of paint you think you’re going to need for your project into a separate container and use it to dip your brush or roller in. If you have extra paint when the project is completed that you want to pour back into the can, place the strainer over the can and then pour the paint back in. This will keep your paint dirt free so you can use it again. I usually tape the strainer to the can to make it easier to pour the paint back into the can.

The paint strainer also makes it easy to reuse old paint instead of having to toss it. Just stir the old paint well and then pour it through the strainer to take out any lumps that may have developed. This is a great trick to rescue old paint, especially if it’s been sitting in the garage or basement where the air goes through seasonal temperature changes.


6 in 1 paint tool



This is one handy gadget. Here’s how it can make your painting process easier.

  • The sharp, straight edge is ideal for scraping out loose material and removing high spots
  • The straight edge can also be used as a putty knife
  • The pointed edge is used for cleaning out and widening cracks before patching them
  • The hole in the center of the tool is a nail puller
  • The side is ideal for opening paint cans and the handle has a built in hammer for closing paint cans
  • My favorite use is the curved side. It removes excess paint when you scrap it over a paint roller, making the process of cleaning much easier than just using your hand to squeeze out the paint

swivel paint can hook


Swivel paint can hook

If you’re using a ladder, you should never hold a paint can in your hand for safety reasons. This tool makes the process of painting much safer—and faster. A swivel paint can hook will hold the paint for you, which allows you to hold onto the ladder with one hand and use the other to paint.

How to use it

The pointed end on the curved hook section securely grasps onto or around a ladder rung or a step.

Paint edger



This tool is ingenious. It makes painting around doors, windows, ceilings and baseboards quick and easy. It creates a perfectly crisp edge every time.

How to use it

Use with a roller tray. Attach paint pad to the grooves on one side of the edger and dip the pad into the shallow end of the tray. You only want to get paint on the pad, not the plastic parts or wheels. Make sure no paint is on the wheels, place the wheel side right up against the trim and then move it up or down to create a clean line. Re-dip the pad as needed until you’re finished. Using this tool is the only way I ever paint along a ceiling line.

paintebrush comb


Paint Brush Comb

Rinsing your paint brushes under water with soap will not always get your brushes as clean as you want when you’re finished painting. A paint brush comb can help. As the final cleaning step, after soap and water, run the brush comb through the bristles to dig out any leftover paint that gets gunked up in the brush. Using this paint tool will help keep your brushes soft and flexible.

What are your favorite painting tools?


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