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Painting Supplies and Wall Treatments Buying Guide

Transforming your home's look—whether you're updating interior rooms or the exterior facade—is quick and easy with paint, stain, or wallpaper. Take a look at this buying guide to find out more about available wall treatment options and the tools you'll need to start working.

Types of Painting Supplies and Wall Treatments

Types of Painting Supplies and Wall Treatments

The paint or wall treatments you choose will depend on the look you want to achieve and the surfaces you want to transform. Paint offers an endless array of colors to brighten, visually enlarge, or simply refresh your rooms, while wallpaper adds pattern and texture that can be colorful and dramatic or subtle and refined. If you want to update a wood surface, stain can add welcome color while allowing some of the wood grain to show through for a rustic appeal. If you're painting, you'll need to choose the right paint applicator—and no matter what wall treatment you choose, you'll first need to gather the supplies and tools to smooth and clean the surface properly.

Paint

Paint offers a quick and easy way to change the look of any room—or your whole house. Interior and exterior paints are formulated differently, so be sure to choose the correct one for your project. You can choose either water-base paint or oil-base paint. You'll find a variety of sheens as well as several types of specialty paints, such as magnetic or chalkboard paint.

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Glidden Premium
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Not sure what color to use in your next room? Now you can try it before you buy it. Glidden's 8-oz. tintable testers are available... in a full line of colors. You can see what the color will look like on your wall before you paint the whole thing. Glidden Premium is a low odor, low VOC (low in volatile organic compounds) interior paint, allowing you to reoccupy your living space sooner. Glidden gets you going. Color: Pistachio Ice Cream. read more

BEHR Premium Plus
$2.94

Preview your color before you paint with the Behr Premium Plus 8 oz. Shadow Wood Interior/Exterior Paint Tester # ECC-12-3. This p...aint tester is 100% acrylic latex and offers great hide and color qualities. Cover up to 16 sq. ft. with this paint tester and get a true feel for whether the color of the paint is compatible with your desired application. Color: Shadow Wood. read more

BEHR Premium Plus
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Preview your color before you paint with the Behr Premium Plus 8 oz. Golden Bear Interior/Exterior Paint Tester # 330F-5. This pai...nt tester features high-quality pigments and thickeners to produce excellent color quality, and the 8 oz. size is sufficient to cover up to 16 sq. ft. This paint tester provides you with what you need to test the color, so you can find just the color you're looking for. Color: Golden Bear. read more

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra
$3.48

Before delving into a big painting project, preview the color with the BEHR Premium Plus Ultra 8 oz. Sample. Formulated with both ...paint and primer, this sample allows you to conveniently apply paint to interior or exterior surfaces and accurately envision coverage. See the beautiful paint color on an actual surface under different lighting conditions. Color: Antique Earth. read more

Stain

Designed for use on wood, stain penetrates the surface and allows the natural grain to show through. Stains are available in a variety of colors and in water-base and oil-base formulas. Different formulas allow varying amounts of the wood grain to show through.

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Wooster Brush
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Use with all latex or oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and sealer on walls, cabinets, doors, decks, and siding. Thumb latch secure...s pad in different position. Adjustable, cushioned handle. Use with extension pole to reach high places. Pad size 7 or 9 W x 3-1/2 H.Paint/StainInterior/ExteriorReplacement PadsWdth In=9 read more

Krylon
$11.92

KRYLON-Interior/Exterior Aerosol Paint: Gloss Finish. This paint is specially formulated to create an exceptionally smooth and dur...able professional finish that really lasts! Featuring the EZ-Touch 360 degree dial adjusts to spray horizontally vertically or any angle for precise control and a perfect finish with no finger tip painting. No runs no drips no error formula dries in 10 minutes or less with excellent adhesion and uniform coverage. Recommended for metal wicker wood and more. Each container holds 12 ounces: covers approx. 25 sq ft. Conforms to ASTM D4236. Contains no CFCs. Made in USA. read more

Zinnser
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Extend the life of stained or dingy ceilings with Rust-Ileum COVERS UP Ceiling Paint & Primer In One. This ultra-convenient pr...oduct features a vertical aerosol spray that kills stains and touches up ceiling paint in a single, smooth, even blast. read more

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra
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The Behr Ultra 8 oz. Stained Glass Interior/Exterior Paint Tester # 610B-6 offers the perfect way to preview your chosen color bef...ore you paint an entire surface area. The 8 oz. sample is a low-VOC paint and primer in 1. This ready-to-go tester provides up to 16 sq. ft. of coverage. The paint has a flat sheen and can be used on almost any interior and exterior surface. Color: Stained Glass. read more

Wallpaper

Made from various materials, such as vinyl, fabric, and grass cloth, wallpaper adds pattern and texture to interior walls. It's available in prepasted and nonpasted versions. If adding wallpaper to the whole wall seems too overwhelming—or adds more pattern than you want—consider wallpaper borders or wall decals that can add color and visual interest to a smaller wall area.

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York Wallcoverings
$95.98 $65.29

Faux-leather paper with scale-like lookCrocodilian style for contemporary interiorsSmaller 12-inch pattern repeat enhances appealA...vailable in multiple color optionsPre-pasted paper is washable and strippableSold in double roll: 27 in. x 27 ft. (60.75 sq. ft.). A leopard can’t change its spots but a crocodile can get extra colorful when it’s the faux leather scaliness of the York Wallcoverings Wallpap – Her Primal Wallpaper. This pre-pasted wall covering has a unique faux leather style that resembles real scales and comes in eye-catching color options for boldly decorated interiors. About York Wallcoverings Known for being America's biggest and oldest wallpaper manufacturer York Wallcoverings has been creating wallpaper that people love since its inception in 1895. Based in York Penn. York Wallcoverings continues to thrive and grow creating beloved brands and innovative appealing designs. Please note: This manufacturer does not ship to Pennsylvania. Color: Magenta. read more

York Wallcoverings
$109.98 $78.36

Pre-pasted wallpaper evokes Aubrey Beardsley artSwirling scroll design over small squiggling linesComes in your choice of colorAme...rican-made paper is washable and strippableDesign repeats every 25.25 inchesSold in double roll: 27 in. x 27 ft. (60.75 sq. ft.). The geometric abstract design of the York Wallcoverings Wallpap – Her Divine Wallpaper contrasts bold and graceful scrolls against a crackled mesh background of small squiggled lines. This pre-pasted paper features softly glittering raised ink and is available in your choice of color. It’s packaged and sold in a double roll measuring over 60 square feet. About York Wallcoverings Known for being America's biggest and oldest wallpaper manufacturer York Wallcoverings has been creating wallpaper that people love since its inception in 1895. Based in York Penn. York Wallcoverings continues to thrive and grow creating beloved brands and innovative appealing designs. Please note: This manufacturer does not ship to Pennsylvania. Color: Gold. read more

York Wallcoverings
$89.98 $64.11

Retro 1970s-inspired pre-pasted wall coveringRepeating geometric motif of multicolored dotsSmaller 12-inch pattern repeat enhances... appealComes in multiple color optionsWallpaper is washable and strippableSold in double roll: 27 in. x 27 ft. (60.75 sq. ft.). A bold decorative choice for retro or modern interiors the York Wallcoverings Wallpap – Her Optic Wallpaper features a tightly repeating pattern of abstract dotted forms in your choice of color. This 70s-inspired design is pre-pasted and washable for easy application and cleaning and is packaged and sold in a double roll measuring 27 inches by 27 feet. About York Wallcoverings Known for being America's biggest and oldest wallpaper manufacturer York Wallcoverings has been creating wallpaper that people love since its inception in 1895. Based in York Penn. York Wallcoverings continues to thrive and grow creating beloved brands and innovative appealing designs. Please note: This manufacturer does not ship to Pennsylvania. Color: Beige. read more

York Wallcoverings
$89.98 $64.11

Floral motif over mesh creates fine fabric appearanceSatin finish enhances bridal-like styleAvailable in multiple color optionsWas...hable and strippable paper made in USASold in double roll: 27 in. x 27 ft. (60.75 sq. ft.). The York Wallcoverings Wallpap – Her Empire Wallpaper features a lacy design that suggests the feminine beauty of bridal gowns. This pre-pasted wallpaper is given a satin finish that enriches the appeal of its embroidered floral motif and delicate mesh background. Made in the USA with washable and strippable paper this elegant wall covering is available in both classic and unexpected colors. About York Wallcoverings Known for being America's biggest and oldest wallpaper manufacturer York Wallcoverings has been creating wallpaper that people love since its inception in 1895. Based in York Penn. York Wallcoverings continues to thrive and grow creating beloved brands and innovative appealing designs. Please note: This manufacturer does not ship to Pennsylvania. Color: Antique Satin. read more

Paint Applicators

Several different types of paint applicators are available—and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Paintbrushes are easy to hold and waste less paint than other applicators. Paint pads offer more surface area than a brush and can help you get into hard-to-reach places. Paint rollers can make covering large areas go faster, and they're available with extension poles or telescoping handles to help you reach the top of the wall or the ceiling. Paint sprayers can provide a uniform finish and help you cover a large area in less time than other applicators—but may require a little more practice and cleanup time.

Prep Materials

To ensure a smooth and uniform finish, it's essential to repair any holes and clean the surface before applying paint or another wall treatment. Various wall-repair materials are available, so choose one based on the size of the holes or cracks you need to fill and the surface you will be painting. Primer can also improve the adhesion of the finished paint coat and ensure a uniform finish; it's available in water-base and oil-base formulas.

Safety Tools

It's important to protect your skin, eyes, and lungs when you're painting or preparing walls for some type of wall treatment. It's recommended that you purchase gloves, safety goggles, and a mask or respirator. Dust masks and respirators are particularly important when you are sanding or using a paint sprayer. Wear safety goggles when sanding, scraping, and painting overhead, and when handling acid, bleach, or other chemicals. You'll want to wear gloves when scraping, sanding, and patching, and if you'll be working with bleach, paint thinners, or paint removers.

Product Features

Product Features

Obviously features will vary, depending on whether you're shopping for paint or paintbrushes, or some other type of wall treatment or prep tool. In general, though, look for features that will make it easier to apply the wall treatment, achieve a smooth and uniform finish, and keep it looking good.

Easy-Clean Features

If you'll be painting or wallpapering in a child's room or another high-traffic area, you may want to choose a paint or wallpaper that can stand up to a vigorous scrubbing.

Comfortable Handles

Choose paint applicators and wall-repair tools that feel comfortable in your hand. Higher-quality paintbrushes often feature a comfortable wood handle rather than a plastic one. If you want an extension pole for a roller or brush, look for one with a rubberized grip.

Moisture/Mildew Resistance

Some paints are formulated to be mildew-resistant, making them a good choice for moisture-prone areas, such as baths and basements. Similarly, some wallpaper is designed to hold up well to splashes, so it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Tools for Corners

Corners can be tricky, whether you're repairing the wall, applying paint, or hanging wallpaper. Some wall scrapers are specifically designed to make working in corners easier. Brushes with angled edges are also helpful for corners.

Hiding Ability

If your walls aren't perfectly smooth or square, look for wall treatments that will help disguise these imperfections. Flat paints are better at concealing imperfections, and paint formulas with hiding ability make it easier to paint a light color over a dark color. You can also opt for textured wallpaper that will conceal uneven walls, or choose a wallpaper with a drop pattern to disguise the fact that the ceiling and walls are not perfectly square.

Eco-Friendly Formulas

Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints are better for the environment and pose fewer health risks. These formulas include fewer volatile organic compounds and don't have the strong fumes associated with oil-base paints.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

It's important to choose wall treatments, prep materials, and paint tools based on the condition of the surface and the location where you'll be working. You'll want to choose different paint, for example, based on whether it's an interior or exterior space. What paint you choose will affect the paint tools you buy, as some paint applicators should be used only with specific types of paint. Consider all the options—ideally looking for products that are both convenient and high-quality—but make sure everything will work well together to create a stunning (and long-lasting) wall treatment for your space.

Material Choice

Paintbrushes and rollers are made from various materials, so it's important to select a material that works well with the type of paint you'll be using. Synthetic paintbrushes and paint rollers, for example, can be used with both oil- and water-base paints, but natural-bristle brushes and roller covers made from natural materials should only be used with oil-base paint.

Quality

It pays to invest in good-quality paint and paint applicators. Higher-quality paint will require fewer coats to achieve a smooth and uniform finish. Higher-quality brushes and rollers make it easier to apply the paint, whereas lower-quality rollers can leave streaks or fibers in the painted surface.

Color

Paint and wallpaper are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, so the process of choosing one can easily seem overwhelming. Be sure to paint a sample of your chosen color(s) on your wall or hang up a wallpaper sample, and live with it for a few days. Consider how it looks in various amounts of light throughout the day, as it can seem lighter or darker in your room depending on the size of the room and how much natural light is available.

Convenience

Choosing the right products can help you finish your redecorating project more quickly. Prepasted and self-adhesive wallpapers are easier to hang because they don't require you to add wallpaper paste to the back of the paper or the wall. Some manufacturers now offer a paint and primer in one product, cutting out a step in the painting process and saving you time. (Keep in mind, though, that depending on the surface, you may have mixed results. Applying a separate primer and paint is still likely to give you a more uniform finish.)

Ease of Cleanup

When purchasing paint applicators, consider how much time they'll require for cleanup. A paint sprayer, for example, takes longer to clean than a paint roller or brush. If you don't plan to paint again soon, you may want to skip the cleanup altogether and opt for disposable paint pads or rollers.

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