Supplies to Paint a Room - angled brushes, washi tape, metal and plastic trays, large paint roller, small paint rollers, stir sticks.

The Must-Have Supplies You Need to Paint a Room

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Whether you feel intimidated by the idea of painting a room, or you have personally painted every home you’ve ever lived in, your skills are only as good as your painting supplies. When it comes to painting, using high-quality paint supplies is the secret to achieving high quality results. We like to say they’re the real MVP of a flawless paint job. So once you settle on the perfect paint color, it’s time to stock up on the right paint supplies to guarantee an expert finish, no matter your level of experience.

To make the process as easy as possible, we’ve put together the ultimate paint supplies checklist below, covering the essential supplies you need to paint a room (plus our expert tips to help you along). And if you want to save time and money, definitely go with a curated Clare Paint Kit, which offers all the painting essentials you need in one set, so you’re literally ready to roll.

1. Painter’s Tape: For Crisp Clean Lines

Proper prep will make your paint application a breeze and help you get a better end result. As steady as your hand may be, the surest trick to creating a clean, straight line is to use painter’s tape. Painter’s tape is designed to be non-damaging to your walls and is great for covering up any areas you don’t want paint to get on such as baseboards (when you’re painting walls) and other hard to paint around items like light fixtures.

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Painter’s Washi Tape

Our premium painter’s tape, made of ultra-thin Japanese rice paper, helps you create crisp, clean lines and edges for a sharp finish.
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Clare Tip: Make sure to clean any surface you plan to apply painter’s tape to. Moldings and baseboards collect dust over time and your tape won’t adhere properly if dust or debris present.

2. Drop Cloths: Protect against drips and spills

Regardless of whether you’re painting an empty room, or a fully furnished one, something in that room will need protecting. Cover up floors and furnishings with durable, leak-proof drop cloths because even if you’ve got the best tools out there, painting is still messy work.

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Plastic Drop Cloth

Made of durable, leak-proof plastic, our painter’s drop cloth protects your floors and furniture from paint spills and drips.
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3. Painter’s Tray: So you can load your roller evenly

The purpose of a paint tray is pretty utilitarian: it holds your paint. A sturdy, metal tray is best for painting with a roller and a simple, plastic tray will work fine for smaller applicators like a mini paint roller or paint brush. A tray with a ribbed roll off area will help you load your roller more evenly.

A metal paint tray with a plastic paint tray on top.

Clare Tip: Look for trays that are both deep and wide enough to accommodate your paint roller and paint.

4. Plastic Tray Liner: Makes Switching Colors and Cleanup a Breeze

Skip buying multiple trays and instead use disposable plastic tray liners, which make quick work of cleanup. Just place it in your tray, pour your paint, and toss it when you’re done. They also protect your paint tray so it lasts longer!

5. Paint Brush: For cutting in and painting trim

Almost any room will require you to “cut in,” the painting term for creating a perfectly straight line of paint around architectural elements like ceilings, doors or windows. The best painting tool to master this technique is a small angled brush (with 2.5” being the preferred standard). Look for a brush with a longer handle (sash brush), which allows for better hand control when tackling trim, corners, and edges where the walls meet the ceiling. Always use the highest quality paint brush you can find. Cheaply made paint brushes lead to bristles getting stuck and drying in your paint and can also leave unsightly brush marks.

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2” Angle Paint Brush

Perfect for painting trim, cutting in, and all the little projects in-between. Our 2” angle brush is made of ultra-soft polyester filaments with finely tapered ends to deliver sharp, clean lines with virtually no brush marks.
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Clare Tip: Quality paint brushes can be used again and again. To keep them in good condition wash your brush thoroughly after each use. Warm, soapy water works best. Be sure to shake out any excess moisture, and hang the brush to dry completely (there’s a hole in the handle for good reason).

Supplies to Paint a Room with Roller Frame.

6. Paint Roller Frame: Does the heavy lifting

A quality roller frame can last through multiple jobs and homes. And though they come in a range of sizes, a 9-inch roller frame is best for walls and ceilings, (anything larger is too heavy and unwieldy), a 4.5-inch roller is perfect for small surfaces like moldings, baseboards and doors. Look for a frame with a comfortable grip and high-quality bearings so you get a smooth, easy roll. You also want a frame that has a really secure cage to attach your roller cover to. There’s nothing more annoying than your roller cover sliding off the frame as you’re painting!

Supplies to Paint a Room featuring 3/4" and 3/8" Roller Covers

7. Roller Covers: The key to a smooth application

Our preferred material for a roller cover is microfiber. It gives better performance with Zero VOC paints, is virtually lint free, and is also incredibly forgiving as it will absorb a good amount of paint but only release it when rolled. It’s also ultra soft for a very smooth finish which means your novice paint job is going to look totally professional. The cover fibers, or “nap,” come in a variety of lengths as well. We suggest a ⅜-inch nap for walls, doors, and other smooth surfaces, and a ½-inch nap for textured areas like stucco exteriors or popcorn ceilings. This is actually the most important tool in your painting arsenal so you definitely don’t want to go cheap on your roller cover. Inexpensive, poorly made roller covers will shed, leaving fibers in your dried paint finish and also have poorly constructed inner cores which break down as you’re painting causing them to loosen and slide off during application. Always use the highest quality roller cover you can afford!

Clare Tip: To avoid roller marks or raised edges along the sides of a painted strip, do not submerge your roller. Instead, carefully dip only the nap and then gently roll back and forth on the roll-off area of your tray. Your roller should never be dripping.

Supplies to Paint a Room featuring yellow extension pole with lock, adjustable pole, and roller head attachment.

8. Extension Pole: for Maximum Reach with Minimum Effort

Clare Tip: Extension poles are good for more than just reaching high places with ease, they can help you paint more efficiently. If you need to paint a large area, an extension pole will give you greater leverage and help get the job done faster, plus it reduces strain as you’re painting making the job SO much easier.

Save Time & Money with Pre-Bundled Paint Supply Kits

From big rooms to small spaces, our premium paint supply kits have everything you need to prep and paint like a pro and feature all of our ultra premium painting supplies for flawless results. Buying our pre-bundled kits also save you 20%!

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8-Piece Paint Kit

Our 8-Piece Paint Kit is a must have for larger projects. Each kit includes our Plastic Drop Cloth and Painter's Washi Tape plus our 2” Paint Brush, 9” Roller Frame, 9” Roller Cover, 9” Metal Tray, 9” Tray Liner, and 2-4' Extension Pole, so you can reach higher with minimum effort!
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THE EXTRAS

Certain jobs require extra necessities. Here’s a few more painting essentials you might need for your project.

Ceiling Paint: Formulated for ceilings

A fresh coat of flat white on the ceiling can make newly-painted walls even more eye-catching.

Ceiling Paint - flat white ceiling paint - Clare

Ceiling Paint

The perfect flat white paint for ceilings. Designed for the easiest above-your-head application with minimal splatter, our premium, Zero VOC ceiling paint delivers smooth, uniform coverage and high-hiding power to conceal surface imperfections.
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Primer: Blocks Stains and Conceals Imperfections

To conceal imperfections and block stains, start with a foundation of primer before applying any paint.

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Primer

Our fast-drying, multi-surface paint primer applies easily to conceal imperfections and block stains while providing a long-lasting bond to a variety of interior surfaces. It’s the foundation for a flawless paint job.
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Supplies to paint a room featuring yellow paint bucket with high gloss white trim paint and stir stick and primer in blue paint bucket.

Stir Stick: Don’t forget to stir!

Make sure your paint is thoroughly mixed so the color and consistency of the finish is seamless. Paint can also separate if it has been sitting for a while so remember give your paint a good stir as soon as you open your can! We include free stir sticks with every order.

A Ladder

We’re all about safety so use a good, sturdy ladder whenever you need to get high up. It’s much safer than propping up on a chair!

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