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.
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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