The decorating tools you need to get a professional finish

18 January , 2024

I have researched, tried and tested the most recommended and affordable professional decorating tools, so you can decorate that room fast and with an amazing finish.

We bought our first home in December 2023, knowing I had a whole house to decorate, and that I finally have free reign over it all, I decided to spend the run-up to our completion and exchange dates fully researching decorating tools and equipment that the professionals use.

I wanted to invest in decorating equipment that would last me for the whole house renovation and beyond. Previously I had always purchased the cheap rollers and brushes in a big DIY store, and then quite often just chucked them at the end of that room make over.

I will admit when I say researched, I stalked decorators on TikTok, as that is how I ‘google’ things these days!

I also found the Decorating Centre Online (DCO) on TikTok and then went to their website. (This post isn’t sponsored or gifted!) Buying from them is supporting a small business but with the convenience of ordering online and fast deliveries.  They also have a huge range and are open to all questions!

So matching what I had found that decorators use, and finding that the DCO sold these I knew I was on the right track.

And now I have finished two rooms and used it all, I can say I picked very well! I not only made life a lot easier for myself, but the finished were far superior. And because I have invested I am motivated to clean the paint brushes and rollers and they are ready for the next room.

You can watch videos of my the projects I have been working on, on my TikTik or Instagram 

So here is a run down of what I have purchased and I am using for decorating as a keen DIYer.

Rollers

This recommendation was from The Paint Warrior on TikTik.

Who knew that using microfibre rollers could be so life-changing?  And big ones with a pole.  Suddenly you aren’t standing there covering a 30cmx30cm patch with a cheap roller and you are painting half a wall or more with one dip!

You can watch it in action here on my TikTok

https://www.tiktok.com/@geekfairyjo/video/7309215226925305120

This recommendation was from the DCO TikTok to go along with the next item of the cage to hold these rollers. 

I wasn’t sure if the 14″ roller above would be too large for somethings, so wanted a slightly smaller option.  I used this for the dining room make over as the room has dado and picture rails so wanted something a bit smaller.

It is also a microfibre roller, they pick up more paint and don’t splatter it.  They really are a game changer!

This recommendation was from the DCO TikTok to go along with the next item of the cage to hold these rollers. 

I wasn’t sure if the 14″ roller above would be too large for somethings, so wanted a slightly smaller option.  I used this for the dining room make over as the room has dado and picture rails so wanted something a bit smaller.

It is also a microfibre roller, they pick up more paint and don’t splatter it.  They really are a game changer!

I had seen the Two Fussy Blokes mini rollers mentioned all over TikTok and after years of using cheap mini roller sleeves, I wasn’t convinced they would make any difference.  

But they did…

They are small but oh so mightly!  They hold the paint really well, I used them for the wardrobes and skirting and window sills and got such a smooth finish.

Do you usually chuck your cheapo roller away after use? As the thought of standing and rinsing it out if just too much?

Then this is the tool you need for your posh new rollers above!

You use it to scrape the paint off the roller, and it really does work!  It gets the majority of the paint out so a quick rinse is all that is needed of the microfobre rollers and then leave them to dry. 

Roller Trays, Liners & Paint Pail

Wooster Sherlock 14″ Bucket Tray

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This is out of stock at the moment with them, but when buying the large rollers you need a roller tray that they will fit.  I chose this as you can get the liners for it too here 

The liners mean no clearing up and are made from recycled plastic too (no guilt!)

I purchased the 4″ and 9″ trays and liners. I was curious to try this different style of roller tray.  And they are brilliant!

It makes such a difference having the sloped rolling surface and they are really sturdy. 

The liners are made again from fully recycled plastic. 

I think this was one of the best purchases I have made for decorating!

Such a simple and pretty low-cost piece of equipment but so brilliant. 

I used it for cutting in the walls, then swapped the liner for the wardrobe paint and used it with a mini roller.

Your hand goes through the handle so really easy to hold when up a ladder, and it has a magnet on the inside that holds your brush so it doesn’t drop into all the paint.

The liners are sturdy enough when out of it to stand up, and the lid is a snug fit.

So when I was swapping between walls, wardrobe and satin I could swap them in and out of the pail. 

Paint brushes

I am not one to use masking tape if possible, it annoys me and the time it takes to put on, so this means I need great brushes for cutting in, and these are them.  They’re oval shaped at the end and so create the perfect angle for lovely straight lines on the ceiling or skirting.

Not one hair came out (that I saw) and they washed really well.  An investment, but for me, totally worth it. 

These paint warrior brushes are excellent! They make cutting in a dream as the points are so sharp, the handles are comfrtable and the finsih is excellent when using them. 

These were a great runner up to the Arroworthy brushes above.  More for general use and the 2 small sash brushes were really handy to have also.

Good value for the set and above and beyond the value sets you get at the big DIY stores. 

Paint & Primer

The timing of the house buy was perfect, as Zinsser had recently launched the Aqua, water based version of their much loved B-I-N Aqua.

In the bedroom I used this on the purple gloss coving and skirting boards to prime them (I didn’t sand them even!) And then as the primer on the wardrobes.

As its water based it doesn’t smell, and easy clean up, but still forms an amazing layer for the next paint to go on. 

Painting skirting, doors and window frames is not what it used to be.  It was awful with oil based gloss that took forever to dry, and then went yellow.

Now water-based Satin paint takes its place.  It dries quickly, very little smell, easy clean up of brushes and rollers and goes on like a dream. 

I saw this recommended a lot, for a mid price Satin that is tough, goes on really well and give a brilliant finsih.

And it certainly did all that. 

I used it in the bedroom make over on the skirting, door frames and window sills. And then int he dining room on the picture and dado rails too. 

It only needed one coat on things that were already white (they were far from white, most dirty nearly yellow!)

The satin is a really nice finish too. 

 

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