- Painters tape
- Sanding block
- Dust mask, gloves, protective clothing
- 2" angled paint brush OR HomeRight QuickPainter Edger
- EZ-Twist Paint Stick
- Paint (we used 5 gallons and a spare gallon container for easy moving)
- Drop cloth
After using up every drop from two sample cans of builder-basic 'white' paint... 5 years later, we painted the whole house, and it only took 4 days.
Prep Your Home and Gather Your Materials
Prepping your area is key. Fill and sand the holes in the walls (if necessary), tape off any trim you don't want to paint with the wall color. Lay out your drop cloth, and your PaintStick EZ-Twist supplies.
You'll have the paint handle, 1 gallon feeder tube, perforated outer roller cover, perforated inner foam, 2 end caps, as well as the roller head.
Assemble the Roller Head
Assemble your paint stick by sliding the end cap onto the metal roller head, the foam roller insert, outer cover, and the final end cap.
Assemble the Stick
Take this assembly and insert the metal tube into the paint stick, and screw the coupling down.
Draw Paint Into the Stick
Put your gallon tube into your paint, and press the paint stick valve onto the tube. Pull out the handle, and the handle will fill up with paint.
If you run into the issue of no paint coming into the handle, or you hear air leaking out, add some petroleum to the connections to help form the seal, as well as the inner stick threads. I do this pretty regularly on my paint stick, because it has been well loved... as you can tell from all my paint! If it's a new paint stick, you will be all set!
You are ready to paint. Since you've already prepped and taped your area, go ahead and cut in with a brush, or one of the HomeRight edger tools. To prime your roller, don't get nervous as it does take almost half the stick of paint to fill the roller. Don't panic! Twist the lower handle, and you'll hear the paint making its way into the rollers.
As you can see in this photo, you'll get the little dots on the roller... keep twisting and gently rolling to help evenly distribute the paint through the roller.
Continue to Paint Your Entire Home
Once your paint roller looks evenly coated with paint, roll away! A tip I keep in mind, is to refill the paint stick handle when there's a small amount of paint left, not when it's completely empty. This will prevent some air getting in, and having to push even more paint into the roller, just to keep it a nice even coat.
There is no way I could've done this whole project in a few days, by myself, with kids underfoot, without the HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist! I used this same paint stick in our last house, and I was finished in a day (2 bedrooms, living room, staircase, kitchen). The amount of paint and time I would've wasted with a traditional tray and roller set up, for this bigger house, is reason enough to use this paint stick each and every time. The entire job only took 4 days! I can't believe how quick it went, I am pretty sure it would've been quicker if I was a little less petrified on our 20' extension ladder on the staircase!
To see even more of the house, learn about my paint colors, and more painting tips, visit Farmhouse Made!
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