Painting Project Checklist

Begin every painting project with confidence by making sure you have all the necessary tools. Download your Project Checklist here.

Woman preparing wall for painting with yellow sponge


Excited to get painting? First, you’ve got to prep. The tasks you do before you apply that first coat of paint will ensure great results that last a long time. Make sure to wash or clean your surface before getting started. Next, complete any planning or measurement work on your space, use a paint calculator to determine the amount of paint needed, and gather your supplies for taping, sanding*, spackling, caulking and priming.

Tools You’ll Need for the Preparation Phase:

  • Drop Cloths
  • Cleaning Solution and Supplies
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean Rags
  • Caulk/Gun
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Putty Knife
  • Spackle/Putty
  • Paint Pail
  • Primer
Woman applying different shades of blue on white wall with paint roll


Now it’s time to paint! Depending on your project, you may need a paint roller, a paintbrush or both. Painter’s tip: Be sure to follow recoat times that are on the label as dry time varies depending on the product. The experts at your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store can help you determine the right types of the following products for your project:

Man and woman looking at white wall with paint brush and paint roll

Tools You’ll Need for the Application Phase:

  • Brush
  • Roller Frame
  • Roller Cover
  • Paint Tray
  • Tray Liners
  • Ladder
  • Extension Pole
  • Drop Cloth
Man and woman standing against white wall with paint brush and paint roll in their hands, no heads visible - image cut on chest height

DIY Painting How-To Videos

Check out our short “How to Paint” videos, featuring easy-to-follow demonstrations that ensure you perform all the right steps, in the right order. You’ll also get helpful tips on tools and accessories.

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