When you are about to embark on an interior decorating project the best way to go about it is get all your materials together at the start, that way you wont have to rush out in the middle of a paint job and buy an essential item. Here's a list of some of the most essential decorating materials and why you need them.
PaintPaint is of course an obvious item, but there are many different kinds of paint and you may not be sure which is the right one for you. Here's a paint guide to help you decide.
- PrimerPrimer is applied as an undercoat if the surface you are painting is porous or you are applying a type of paint over a precious coat of paint that is incompatible -such as a latex paint over an alkyd. For kitchens and bathrooms, choose a primer with a stain remover that is mildew resistant.
- LatexLatex paint should be used for baseboards and trim.
- Oil based paintThis type of paint is used for cabinets and other surfaces that are frequently touched. The oil content in these paints stops the oils and acids in your skin from causing the paint to deteriorate over time.
- High-glossThis type of paint is easy to clean but it shows up even the slightest imperfection on the painted surface.
- EggshellEggshell finishes are flat. Over the past few years their quality as been improving; they are now becoming more durable and are easier to clean.
Brushes and RollersBrushes can be efficient for painting any area no matter how small or large, but if you have a poor quality brush then you will get a poor finish. Paint brush filaments are made from animal bristles (including hog bristle) and manmade filaments including nylon, polyester and other synthetics. Tapered polyester filaments are recommended for all paints. They do not absorb water or lose resiliency as do natural bristles and nylon. Natural bristles work well only with oil-based paints. Nylon can be used with latex paints or oil-based paints.
Rollers are often a more convenient choice if you have a large area to cover, particularly a ceiling. A 5-gallon bucket with a roller grid is preferable to a roller pan, as it will hold more paint than a pan. A painter's rod, or pole, can help you paint ceilings more quickly. There are basically two types of roller:
- NaturalOil-based paints work best with natural materials, such as mohair or lambs' wool.
- Synthetic These rollers are made of nylon, polyester, or a combination. Use with water-based paints.