If you’ve been on the hunt for the best paint roller for walls I encourage you to read this post until the end. Seriously, don’t turn away at the sight of the little roller below because friends, good things DO come in small packages, and I never thought the solution to my painting problem would be so simple.
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Painting: The Cold Hard Facts
I would’ve never considered writing a blog post about painting. Because, let’s get one thing straight.
I hate painting, especially painting walls. And frankly, I’m not very good at it, so I felt I had nothing to offer.
Many people say painting is relaxing, but for me, it’s kinda stressful. Every time I decide to paint a room I’m faced with the same dilemmas:
- What is the best paint roller for walls?
- What kind of paint brush should I use?
- Do I paint the edges first?
- What about floor coverage? Plastic or fabric?
- Should I use one of those paint stick roller thingies that holds my paint?
- Should I try to wash my old paint tray or should I just buy a new one?
- How many coats of paint should I do?
What usually happens when I paint
What typically happens when I get ready to paint a room is I head to the paint store and get a hold of a nice worker. I then proceed to ask all of my questions. Then I go home and watch an insane amount of YouTube videos. This usually results in me purchasing even more painting gear, namely highly-reviewed fancy gadgets, in hopes that painting will be as relaxing as sitting on a beach on a hot summer day.
Once I begin painting, reality sets in, which comes down to severe frustration because the edges I brushed look darker than the walls I rolled, or vice versa. My arms and my neck are sore from all the rolling back and forth and from carrying the weight of the fancy gadgets. When I’m finished (after approximately 36 hours), the result is meh…
What’s most frustrating, is the fancy tools I paid -lot$$$ of dinero for- end up in the garbage, because I’m too tired, sore, and cranky to spend 15 minutes squeezing and rinsing paint in my utility sink so I can use them again. Use them again, I ask? Are you kidding? I’m never painting again!.
Phew! How’s that for a painting rant?
Can you relate? Or am I just a BIG BABY??
Maybe I’m so bad at painting, there’s no hope.
Best Paint Roller for Walls: A $2 Solution to my Painting Frustrations
The other day I was casually talking to my sister-in-law Natalie (also a DIYer) griping about needing to paint my master bath. Here is how the conversation went:
- Natalie: “I’m getting really fast at painting”.
- Me: Cool. Do you cut in with an angled brush before or after you paint the walls?
- Natalie: “Oh I don’t cut in at all. I don’t use a brush, I just use a roller”
- Me: “Wut”
- Natalie: “My favorite paint roller is little and cheap, and it does the edges, too”
- Me: “Wut”
The next day I headed to the paint store. This time I asked no questions. I headed straight to the paint roller section and grabbed the rollers I had always skipped over because I assumed they wouldn’t do a good job.
I bought a pack of 6 for about $12. Then I made sure I grabbed the proper handle. This is important to make sure the roller rolls right (say that three times fast) instead of just gliding across the surface of the wall.
Friends, I painted the entire master bathroom with two rollers out of my package of 6. I could’ve done it with one, but I didn’t feel like washing it out after the first coat, and given that they’re so cheap, I felt no guilt throwing it away and using a fresh one for the second coat.
The fact that the roller has “fuzzy stuff” all the way around, helps paint the edges at the same time you’re rolling the walls.
You mean, I don’t need an angled brush?
I didn’t use one. So, unless you have super tiny spaces, you will not need to cut in with a brush (see video below for more on this). The only drawback about not cutting in, is that you have to tape the entire space first, unless of course, you want the entire room to be the same color and you have no windows.
Not having to bother with a brush was worth taping to me. To make sure I didn’t get paint on the ceiling and around the window frame, I used my favorite tape all around the room. It is critical not to use cheap tape to avoid paint seeping under and through. This tape is the BOMB!
I also bought the small disposable paint tray and it was easy to fill and carry around. This little roller holds a LOT of paint. More than I expected for its size. The result was stunning. I’m not a professional painter (shocking, I know) and I found this tool to be the best paint roller for walls I have ever used. I feel like painting walls is SO much easier now! Much less dreadful.
Even after the second coat, my arms were not tired at all because the rollers are so light weight!!. So, until I find something better, I can honestly say this is, hands down, the best paint roller for walls.
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for beginner DIYers. Besides being a fan of scrap wood projects and budget- friendly home ideas, Janice works full time as university professor in the health care industry. She is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and breast cancer survivor. Feel free to send Janice a message here!