Find the right tool for the project.
Rollers cover large
surfaces quickly and eliminate streaks brushes leave. Look for a roller cover with a short nap (about ¼ inch) for painting smooth surfaces like cabinets
and doors. A frame that locks the cover in place will prevent slipping. Try the Shur-Line 8609L 9-inch Easy-Release Paint Roller Frame, $10;
Use a 3-inch flat brush to coat flat surfaces like cabinet
doors. A 1- or 21/2-inch angled sash brush gets into corners, nooks, and crannies. Try Wooster brushes,
from $4; woosterbrush.com.
A small handheld
sander makes quick work of paint prep. Consider one like Black & Decker’s ¼ Sheet Finishing Sander, which works on plastic, wood, and metal surfaces. $25;