The Painting Checklist

Painting seems like a pretty straightforward task: grab some paint and a roller, and you’re ready to rock and roll!

Sorry to burst your bubble, but painting requires a lot of planning and preparation even before you get down to the actual execution. Even Mr Bean’s “brilliant” painting shortcut (involving a tin of white paint and a stick of dynamite) saw him depleting a pile of newspaper, wrapping and protecting every nook and cranny in the room before setting off a disaster.

Without access to dynamite, there are definitely more materials you need before you can get started.


Tape measure Measure the walls of the room to be painted to estimate the amount of paint to buy. 1 litre of paint typically covers 10m2, assuming two coatings of paint. A typical HDB bedroom in Singapore that needs two coats of paint would require 5 litres.
Screwdriver Used to remove light fixtures, switch plates and stray screws before work commences.
Clawhammer Used to remove nails that are on the surface to be painted.
Face mask With all the furniture moving and wall sanding, there’s going to be lots of dust flying around. Get a pair of N95 mask to prevent yourself from inhaling any dust. If you’re worried about gases and vapours, then N95 masks are not enough. Consider a paint respirator with at least an R95 rating.
Safety goggles Prevents dust and paint from getting into your eyes.
Scraper Used to scrape off any cracking or peeling paint before sanding.
Sandpaper Used to even out rough patches and smooth down any bumps before painting.
Sanding block An alternative to using sandpaper, which is harder to hold and covers less surface area due to the uneven pressure applied mostly at the fingertips. Sanding blocks are easier to grip and applies an even pressure over a flat surface for better results.
Tack cloth A tack cloth is a piece of cloth that is treated with a sticky substance (making it tacky) so as to remove dust more effectively.
Soap water Used to clean the walls before painting for better application and adherence.
Sponge Used with soapy water to clean the walls.
Caulk and caulk gun Used to seal up gaps between the baseboard and electrical trunking for a more complete paint job. May also be used to seal up cracks and holes in your walls.
Putty It is a sealant or filler that is used to fill holes and cracks in the walls.
Putty knife Used to apply and spread putty evenly. You may substitute this with any credit or membership card that you’re no longer using.
Drop cloths Cover up furniture and floor with drop cloths to prevent paint from dripping all over them.
Newspaper No cloth? Use newspaper.
Masking tape An easy-to-remove tape that is used to cover and protect adjacent surfaces when painting, leaving a clean line between the surfaces.
Primer A primer is sometimes applied to the walls right before the paint coat goes on. Depending on the condition of the surface, it can help to ensure paint adhesion and longevity.


Ladder You don’t want to be straining your neck when painting the higher parts of the walls and the ceiling, do you?
Paint roller The quickest, low-budget way to get some paint on the wall.
Paint roller sleeve In case you need extras.
Paintbrush Use a brush to touch up areas where paint rollers can’t reach.
Extension pole The longer the pole, the further you stand from the wall, the lesser your neck needs to tilt back when painting the higher parts of the wall. Pythagoras Theorem that you’ve learnt in school comes in handy here.
Paint The most important thing on the list!
Stir stick Optional, but it would be useful to get a dedicated stir stick to stir your paint.
Paint tray Used to contain some paint and to rid the paint roller of excess paint so as to prevent dripping.
Gloves Protect your beautiful hands from paint and avoid the need to scrub it off after.
Cap Protect your hair from paint and avoid the need to shave them all off after. (Thankfully Gush! Paints are easily washable if they get on hair as well – just wash them immediately.)

Cleaning up

Bucket/container Put all your dirty tools in there to soak and wash.
Rag Wipe off any traces of paint that was accidentally left behind.
Sponge An alternative to rags.
Turpentine A chemical used to remove paint from surfaces.
Surface cleaner Used to clean turpentine off surfaces for the sake of your loved ones.
Trash bags To dispose of unwanted trash after the job is done.

Is the checklist alone tiring you out already? Hire our home painting experts to cover your walls with our air-purifying paint!

If you’re still up to challenge of doing it yourself, we wish you a successful paint job!