About six years ago now we bought this house, our first house. I was so ridiculously excited. It was quite the upgrade from our little two bedroom apartment, and aside from having no more creepy “I have the keys and I just let myself in” landlady to contend with, and no more noisy neighbours downstairs to worry about, I loved the fact that it was absolutely ours to do with as we pleased. Which was a good thing, since the kitchen was violently pink, and the front room and dining room was a light mint green, all with matching wallpaper and borders out the wazoo. No thank you. Not me. This had to go.
So we stripped wallpaper, we yanked out carpet, and we painted, and painted some more. We repainted pretty much every room in the house. My mom has many years experience with painting both within her own home and for other family members. She was a wonderful help, and I was truly lucky to have her on hand as I had zero experience with painting walls. My mom introduced me to things like paint trays, and rollers and edgers. At her insistence everything we bought was SHUR-LINE brand.
Now, six years and two pregnancies later, I have crayon and scuff marks all over my darn walls. Ok, so I’m waiting until my girls get through this ever-so-aggravating colour on the walls phase. But pretty soon it’s going to be time to repaint, and spruce this place up a bit. In the meantime SHUR-LINE has been busy developing products that are designed to make painting easier, and less messy. Overall, I love SHUR-LINE, and I definitely wouldn’t plan on tackling repainting any room in my house without having these tools on hand.
Like their new Easy-Release Roller Cover Frame, which is designed for easier (and cleaner) removal of the used paint roller. I’ve played around with it, and it’s pretty darn cool. Plus the grip is so cozy on this thing.
Then there’s the Easy Reach Extendable Paint Pole, which slides open and shut so simply. Again the grip is really comfy, I also like that the pole is not too heavy. I didn’t use anything like this when we pained our house. I think the extendable pole should make doing ceilings (and heck even the top parts of the walls) incredibly simple.
The Edge Like A Pro tool is my favourite of the bunch. This I did use last time, and I remember it fondly. The edger is an indispensable tool. SHUR-LINE claims that if you use it you don’t even need to tape the edges… however, I’m such a klutz that I used painter’s tape anyway, just to be double certain. I simply can’t imagine doing around windows or along ceiling edges without this baby around.
Interested in doing a little home renovation of your own? SHUR-LINE painting tools are available at Home Depot, Home Hardware and Lowes stores across Canada.