Closet Makeover Part 1: PaintStick Review

I get emails asking me to review products a lot. Most I pass on for various reasons. But I got an email the other day that I decided to look in to a little bit more. I watched the videos on HomeRight’s site for their PaintStick and was actually really excited to try it out, so I said yes. After I said yes (I am going to be honest here folks) I worried it was a case of “infomercial hype”. You know, you are watching TV late and see an infomercial and you HAVE to have the pasta maker, juicer or ab roller thingy? But then when it comes you realize it is not all it was cracked up to be?


So I was a little hesitant to use it. I am an old school person and I don’t usually use “gadgets”.


I love it :)

Here is why I said “yes”:

  • One of the biggest selling points for me was the fact that I would not need a paint tray. I am always paranoid that the paint tray will spill or I will step in it. Any mess I have had while painting was because of a tray. It is also so awkward to try to balance a paint tray on a ladder while painting high.
  • Also I loved the fact that you waste less paint doing it this way. I hate having to try to get all the extra paint back into the can. If you watch the video you will see how cool it is that you can “spit” the paint back into the can.
  • They have a paint stick that has a push handle, one that has a twist handle, and they even have a short handle for tight spaces. I used the Easy Twist handled one since it was the longest. SO no matter what project you are doing, it will work for you.

I had a closet that needed a major overhaul. I decided to put the PaintStick to work in there. I put the special top on that they provide. It has a tube. Then you stick the valve onto the tube and pull the handle to fill it with paint. The paint sucks up into the handle so easily as long as you hold the handle high enough. (It helps to watch the videos)


You have to slowly push (or twist) the handle to send the paint to the roller. It takes a bit so be patient. When it first comes out it will be spotty. It will take almost a whole handle-full to get it going. Then I filled it again and really started painting! It was awesome! The coverage was amazing. Part of that is because probably because of the Behr Ultra paint, but a lot is due to how this roller system works. I did ONE coat and then minor touch ups.


You can’t see it in these pictures but my closet is over our stairs so one side goes up in an angle. We have shelves on that side too. So I was worried that painting it would be difficult. But the EZ Twist was long enough to reach the ceiling and waaaay back inside the shelves.


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I can’t wait to show you the completed, newly organized, pretty closet. But this is all you get for now :) Doesn’t that color rock?  The color is Peacock Blue by Glidden but mixed in Behr Ultra.

Okay, so what is my overall thoughts on the PaintStick now that I am done? Let’s break it down.


  • No paint tray! Less mess :)
  • It was not as heavy as I thought it would be
  • It took a lot less time to paint and the coverage was a lot better
  • It was very easy to use and their site has excellent videos/instructions


  • I normally throw away the roller covers when I am done so the clean up (while easy) was more than what I normally do.
  • The roller covers are more expensive that a typical cover. You can’t use regular rollers covers. Since the PaintStick needs to feed paint to the roller, there needs to be perforated holes. They sell for $5.97 at Home Depot. But given the amount of time I saved I think I am okay with it. Plus, I washed this one so I will get multiple uses out of it. I may end up evening out since I am not throwing them away as much :)

So this time the product lived up to the hype for me. I am happy I tried it and my husband can’t wait to try it out for himself. He is not old school and LOVES gadgets :)

What do you think? Would you ever try it? Or have you already?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of HomeRight but the thoughts and opinions are all mine baby! See my disclosure for further details.

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  1. Liz says

    Thanks for posting this! I like you am ‘not just a housewife’ my husband jokes that before I finish my first project I’ve already got the supplies ready for the next 15. Ha! I’m sure you can relate!

    Anyway I’ve seen these and been curious if they were worth it. Before they came out I had looked at paint sprayers but there were just too many bad reviews from fellow DIY’ers for me to gamble on them. When I saw this in the store I’m not gonna lie, my first thought was Yeah frickin right. An awesome idea but no way it actually works. After reading your review though I am definitely reconsidering! I have an entire upstairs with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths that I’d basically decided would just not get painted because I didn’t have the time to do them all myself and didn’t have the money to pay a painter to do it. This paint stick thing may just change that though! Thanks!

  2. says

    I was just painting my closet last week! I accidentally backed into the right side of the closet as I was painting the left side, so I had paint all over my back.

    • Stacy says

      Uggg! I have done that too. Closets are tricky because they are such tight spaces. Mine it less that 3 feet squared. :)

  3. says

    i would totally try that. i hate the mess of a pan and don’t really mind cleaning up the roller afterwards…so glad you tried it out! p.s. that color is amazing.:)

  4. Caitlin Jones says

    I’ve always wondered if it works…I’m gonna go buy one! You paint like me…in paint clothes and bare feet…love it! :)

  5. says

    That’s so funny, I was going to post on this today but had to re-do pictures because of the rain. I used it for the ceiling and it worked like a charm.

  6. Betty says

    I have two of these – they are the best ever! I painted our living room in less than an hour with it. Love the color you chose.

  7. says

    We have a Wagner paint stick roller from years back. It is push only, no twist option. I didn’t use it, but the one who did said it was very heavy. How about this one?

    • Stacy says

      My friend said she tried a paint stick about 7 or 8 years ago (not sure what brand) and didn’t like how heavy it was. She recently tried this one and was super happy with how much lighter they are now a days. This is my first time using one so I personally don’t have anything to compare this too but I didn’t notice it being heavy.

  8. Cath says

    I have had some spectacular paint mishaps, so one thing I would factor in is the cost of replacing what I have messed up with spilled paint. This, therefore, looks very appealing to me. I often wash out rollers, so that part of it wouldn’t bother me if I could save money on the roller. I take it you have to brush along the corner and edges. You chose to do that afterwards? Love the color!

  9. Cath says

    I just reread the last line of your post, and thought of Tom Sawyer! However, when I went to the Home Right website and noticed the videos all feature a man using the gadget, I couldn’t help but wonder if far more women make the decision to repaint a room than men, and thus wouldn’t it be apropos to have women demonstrate it. Which is why they reached out to you, obviously. Your post is really what would convince me to buy this product. Thanks for testing it out for us.

  10. Angel says

    We liked ours, but after a few years, using for five or six areas, ours started to leak. Still worth it but just be aware it has a lower life expectancy.

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