Buy both short and telescopic handles for reaching up walls. The best-value rollers have synthetic heads, which are ideal for painting smooth surfaces with emulsions and water-based paints.
Buy the best-quality brushes you can afford, look after them well and they should last for years. You'll need a 50mm for doors and 100mm for walls, floors and ceilings. Smaller brushes, 2.5cm, and sash brushes (used for cutting in) are essential for fiddly work.
To remove flaking paint and rust.
Extra-long blades help you cut straight lines.
Don't rely on your painting being accurate - always use tape to cover wall sockets and window frames for a professional finish.
Keep mess to a minimum: a good sponge can mop up paint and paste spills quickly and easily.
Removes old paint and paper.
You'll need fine and coarse to smooth and finish wood and plaster. Chalk line
Great for easy, accurate drawing of straight lines.
A simple device to ensure you're hanging paper vertically.
Wallpaper or hanging brush
The soft bristles smooth wallpaper by squeezing out air bubbles and extra paste.
An alternative to brushes and rollers, paint pads can cover a large area of wall quickly.
Often called a 'George', this keeps your windows, skirting or cornicing splash-free when painting.
This is the fastest way to strip wallpaper without damaging the plaster. Buy one for around £25 or hire for around £18 for a weekend. Steamer, £25, Earlex.
Spills do happen so use a dustsheet to cover and protect walls and furniture.
Specialist wallpaper paste brushes have softer bristles, so they're easier to use, though you can use a large paintbrush instead.
Make sure it's wide enough to fit rollers and paint pads. A deep end section will hold more paint so you'll need to refill it less often.
A W-leg paste table is very sturdy and folds flat for easy storage. Plastic models are easier to keep clean than wood.
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