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Whether you’re still in the prepping stage or have moved on to the painting stage, this simple homemade tool will make your painting life easier!  How?  No more climbing up a ladder and precariously leaning over as far as you dare, stretching with your paintbrush, hoping to get paint on just a few more inches before you have to climb down and move the ladder over.  Only to once again risk life and limb as you climb the ladder and teeter on the next to the top step stretching as far as you can with that paint brush or roller.

This easy paint tool is key to making interior wall painting easier and here’s what you need to make it:

  • (3) empty 5-7 gallon buckets with lids (these can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot if you don’t happen to have any lying about!)
  • (1) 6 foot 2 x 10 board
  • electric drill with 5/16 inch drill bit
  • (3) 1/4 inch by 2 1/2 inch bolts with (6) nuts and washers to fit
  • (2) 7/16 inch wrenches

Here’s what you do:

1. Turn the buckets upside down and line them up.  Put your board on top of the buckets and decide exactly where your holes should be drilled to go through the wood and into the center of the bucket.  (One bucket in the middle and one on each end.)

2. Mark your boards where you want to drill the holes.

3. Using a 5/16 inch drill bit, drill a hole through each board and bucket at one time.

4. Put a bolt with washer through each of the 3 holes.

5. Turn the board and buckets on their side and put a washer and nut on the bolt coming through the bottom of the bucket.

6. Tighten the nuts on the bolts.  Hint: Use one wrench on each side (one to hold the bolt and washer secure and one to tighten the nut and washer.

Looking down into the bucket at the tightened bolt, nut and washer

7. Securely attach the lids to the buckets.

8. Either tape the handle of the bucket up and out of the way, or cut it off with bolt cutters.

9. You’re done!!  Interior wall painting made easier!

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Easy to carry!

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Easily reaching the ceiling to paint.

If you have any additional questions about making this, feel free to get in touch with me by using the contact form.  Good luck on your next painting job!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.




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Debra May 5, 2017, 10:34 am

This is amazing. I am in the process of redoing a room as a dressing room for more closet space. I was wondering how to paint the upper walls and ceiling. Great tip and great timing! Thanks.

Teresa May 5, 2017, 9:05 pm

I’m so glad that this will benefit you Debra! Good luck in your painting venture.

Steven August 27, 2017, 3:18 am

It’s an amazing idea. I appreciate your painting job. As a DIY’er I love painting. Before next time painting, I will make this tool. Thanks

Teresa August 27, 2017, 8:39 pm

It’s much more stable than a ladder and will make your next painting job much easier!

Macs October 28, 2017, 8:53 am

Great idea. Very useful for DIYers. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to seeing more of your life hacks.

Teresa October 29, 2017, 12:07 am

Thank you for reading about our painting hack. It works great!

Nigel William February 22, 2018, 9:59 am

Great tips, you actually make my life a lot easier. Are you planning a similar article to paint tiles?

Teresa February 23, 2018, 6:05 am

Thanks Nigel. At this time, I’m not, but thanks for stopping by today!


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