Tired of giving the same-old, same-old holiday presents (scarves, sweaters, or sweets)? If your loved one is a do-it-yourself painter, then think outside the box this year and give something special to help with (and encourage) his or her “hobby”.
What to buy? The shelves at paint stores and home centers are filled with clever items that make interior painting easier and more enjoyable. Gift the following and your kindness will be remembered whenever it’s time to paint:
Cutting-in tool. The most time-consuming part of a paint job is cutting-in the corners and edges, but your loved one can cut that time in half by using a cutting-in tool. Spend a few dollars more for one of the most efficient models to save even more precious time.
Masking tool. Another item that speeds painting around edges and corners is a handled masking tape dispenser. Similar to a packing tape dispenser, this convenient tool allows the painter to quickly apply the tape and – with a simple flick of the wrist – cut it to the precise length needed.
Aluminum bench. When doing interior painting, most do-it-yourselfers make do with stepladders, but the pros know better. A sturdy aluminum bench is easier to move, easier to work from, and makes for a more stable painting platform. Plus, it’s a great place to sit down and take a break!
Short-handled paintbrushes. Unless you’re double-jointed, you know what a hassle it can be to paint behind a radiator, toilet, heavy furniture, or in any other tight spot. Enter the short-handled paintbrush. These handy mini-brushes make it easy to apply paint in those hard-to-reach places.
Paintbrush light. Cloudy days and late afternoons make painting difficult. But a battery-powered paintbrush light – which attaches right to the brush handle – can counter the gloom, and light up corners and shadowy areas to make painting easier.
Brush comb. Looking for one more stocking stuffer? Stick a brush comb in your loved one’s stocking and stretch the life of expensive paintbrushes. These handy little tools remove paint residue from the bristles; some combs even double as squeegees that remove excess paint from roller covers.
That’s the short skinny on holiday shopping for the do-it-yourself painter. Any one of the above items would make for a thoughtful gift… and foster fond thoughts of you with every new painting project!