Summer is a time for barbecue, picnics, family reunions, and vacations. But summer is also a time when many home improvement projects are done. Painting is one project that seems to be a popular endeavor for those DIY types and is there to provide you with all the help that you need when it comes to DIY projects.

Even if you don’t know the first thing about painting, no doubt many of your relatives, friends, and neighbors do. What a perfect combination in getting those much-needed, dreary-looking walls painted with a completely different color. If you’re trying to save money by not hiring a professional painter, have you ever considered throwing a paint party? Here are some basic tools to accomplish this feat.

Painter’s Tape – This is placed around areas that you don’t want to get paint on.

Drop Cloths – No need to have drips and drops of paint splattered on your carpeting, tile or hardwood floors. Covering your floors with drop cloths will eliminate this problem.

Paint Brushes – There are a variety of paintbrushes on the market. You’ll want one that will stand up to the rigors of the area you’ll be painting. It may involve using several sizes too.

Paint Roller and Pan – The roller allows you to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time. They come in several sizes for better maneuverability and ease of use. The pan is the receptacle where the paint is put in and where you roll the brush in. Rollback and forth to release excess paint.

Edger – This is used for the edges to provide a clean and polished finish.

Sanding Pad – Some areas that you’re painting might have rough surfaces. The pad will help to smooth and clean the surface thus allowing for easier painting without lumps and bumps protruding from the painted area.

Primer – This is the undercoat that is put on underneath the paint. It should be allowed to dry thoroughly before painting in your chosen color.

Paint – This is the star of the show. Try several samples before picking out your final color. Take into consideration how the paint will look when the room is lit or when the sun is out. At different times of the day or night, the color can appear to be different in appearance.

Bucket or Pail – Of course you’ll want to thoroughly rinse your paintbrushes and rollers out so they won’t become hard and stiff. By doing this, they’ll be in good working order for the next use.

Stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware carry these items. Feel free to talk with them if you have questions or concerns.

Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. Cover your hair sufficiently.

It is amazing what a can of paint can do in giving your home a whole new look. With a sense of pride, you’ll bask in what has been accomplished.

As a show of appreciation, conclude the day with a pizza party and beverage as a way of saying thanks to all those who helped in the project.