I bought this roller tray set from Homebase when I was painting my lounge as I find that the finished effect of the paint looks much smoother compared with using a normal paintbrush and it also makes the job much quicker. I paid £4 for this set but I didn't think this was too bad as what makes it different from other rollers is that you get two rollers with it rather than the usual one. It is the rollers which are the most difficult to wash out after use and I find that I make so much mess in the sink while I'm doing it as well as getting paint all up my arms that I find it much easier to throw them away.
This set from Homebase contains a nine inch tray which is the usual black plastic and it has the raised section which is textured so when you roll the brush across when you have dipped it in the paint it helps to scrape off the excess paint so it doesn't drip when you lift the roller from the tray to paint. The other half of the tray is a rectangular well which you tip the paint into. As this set only has a nine inch roller the tray is just a little wider than this but you can still get a decent amount of paint in it to use.
The rollers have a light yellow sheepskin cover which isn't too thick but I found it still applied the paint well and evenly. I think that sometimes if you have one of the very thick rollers you can pick up too much paint so you end up putting it on the walls thicker and this uses a lot more paint. The handles are black and they are ridged to make it easy for your hand to grip onto and this is attached to a silver metal frame which the roller goes onto. You have to push the roller quite hard to get it to slot onto the frame but it does feel very secure when it is on and it doesn't move around at all.
Although you do have to still use a brush to cut in around the edges I find that a roller is much quicker than using a paintbrush for the whole job. The handle is only short on this one so I did have to use a stepladder but I think that by using one with a short handle gives you more precision.
Although I washed the plastic tray out as I changed the colour to paint the ceiling I did throw the roller out as I wasn't scrubbing away until it was clean. Homebase do replacement rollers for this set although they do cost £3.00 so it is probably cheaper to buy another set as you do get two and also the tray, which is what I would probably do when I am ready for my next decorating project.
I recently decorated my sons bedroom and have been pleased with the results! DIY is not my strong point and I usually have to pay an expert to get the result I want. However having recently shelled out to have my hall decorated I decided that the bedroom was a job I could tackle to save money. After being disappointed with Farrow and Ball paint I opted to get one of their colours matched at my local DIY store; much cheaper! Once I had the paint I needed the right tools for the job.
I opted to buy a paint roller kit from Homebase for £4.99 as I find using a roller much easier than a brush. The last time I painted with a brush I ended up with paint everywhere where it wasn’t wanted!
Homebase sell a range of paint roller kits and the one I opted for was not the cheapest but looked of a decent quality for what I needed. It comes in a clear plastic wrapper so you can see what you are getting for your money. In this case a black plastic tray with raised dots, a 9 inch roller handle and 2 sleeves made from a washable woven fabric. The tray is a decent size measuring about 36.5 cm in length and 7 cm in width.
The roller kit is designed to be used with emulsion and can be used to paint both walls and ceilings. To start I poured paint from the tin into the tray and then fitted the sleeve onto the roller handle. I found this quick and easy to do. Next simply roll the handle with fitted sleeve backward and forwards in the paint until it is covered and apply to the surface.
This is the fun part as far as I am concerned! I really enjoy watching the paint cover the surface; so much easier than all the early preparation! I was surprised at how quickly the walls were covered using this roller. I found it glided effortlessly and soaks a lot of paint when rolled in the tray.
Once I had finished for the job I washed both the tray and roller so I could use them again. The tray does feel a bit flimsy although it has kept its shape and cleaned up well. The roller will require a new sleeve when I next get it out but for the money I am very satisfied!
Recently I decided I wanted to paint the small bedroom in my house. The wall was suffering from damp as it is an outer wall and always cold to the touch. The wallpaper that was already on the walls was a little slack and dingy looking and the room was just very glum to look at at all. That's why I went out and bought a tin of paint and this roller pack. This includes a tray and two sleeves that come in a plastic bag that's easy to open up and get straight to use. Setting up is fairly easy, however I do tend to have a problem with taking off the sleeves after use as I have weak wrists and can never really get the strength to pull them off. With a bit of pulling they do come away though, and one benefit is it does mean they are a little sturdier when on. It did mean I got paint all over my hands however as I had to grip on the sleeve itself to get it off, which was annoying.
Applying the paint is easy and it has very good coverage. The tray is also very effective as the dots mean it has good grip and the paint applies easily. It is about the same width as the roller and so it fits easily for back and forth coverage when getting the paint, and you don't just end up dunking it in and making a mess. There are two slight dips at the top of the tray were you can rest your brush, but more often than not this ends up being filled with paint if you aren't careful and so wasn't really used for that reason in my household. The sleeves are spongey and durable. They soak up the paint nicely, but equally they are also quite easy to clean I find. The handle of the roller is plastic whereas the rest is metal. It was easy to fit and the handle had good grip. The plastic is strong also and so hasn't yet cracked or loosened around the metal, meaning its easy to get a good grip, which is especially important when I find myself on tiptoe trying to reach up high as I'm fairly short to begin with.
The pack costs £5.99. I think this is reasonable for what you get, as the individual components would probably cost more for the level of quality you get from the pack. I would recommend because not only is the price reasonable, but the pack is effective and durable. The quality is the same as a more expensive option and is just as good at getting a good, neat coverage. They are also something you can get lots of use out of and so it is worth the investment.
We replaced all the disgusting 70's artex in the house and had all the ceilings re plastered which meant a lot of painting (and weekend evenings) was needed to decorate afterwards. That's where this set comes in.
This is not the cheapest paint roller kit at £5.99 but it is good quality. The cheapest i've seen is a £3.99 set from Toolstation but you get what you pay for. The kit comes in a plastic film wrapping which cannot be recycled. It is easy to open though, like opening a bag of crisps.
The fabric on the roller is quite strong and doesn't tear easily. It hasn't left clumps of fur all over the wall and it hasn't shredded itself on the tray. The handle is quite strong but you can shake it about and feel it clunking, so obviously not put together tightly enough.
I only have one of these so I can't comment if this was just mine not together tightly enough or if they're all like this. The handle is quite grippy, made of solid plastic and hasn't split or cracked. I'm quite heavy handed and haven't managed to break this yet...
The tray is just a thick layer of completely opaque black plastic. You really don't get anything special. It's a lot better than the B&Q one though because the dots stick out more making the paint roll off easier. The reservoir at the bottom is deep and not gradually sloped, there's a small cliff which smoothly rounds off at the bottom.
This is an absolute pain to clean though. There's two slots at the roll off end and these are great for storing brushes in but they are a pig to clean, it's really difficult to get your fingers right into the corners and so on mine a lot of dried paint has built up. Sometimes paint sloshes over the top and ends up in the bottom of these. Also a lot of paint builds up around the raised blobs, this sometimes dries and requires a little more effort.
When in use this set is absolutely fine apart from the loose handle, that's just a bit annoying. It does paint well, not had any issues with breaking or bad coverage. Recommended more than the B&Q one but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative try Toolstation.
Overall a great buy, recommended but be aware of those annoying slots, they're buggers to clean properly.
I officially hate decorating! I took on a beautiful big airy and light flat on but one that needed a lot of work but that was ok ....I wanted the place my way anyway and had plenty of expert help on hand.....
However its expensive, hard work and flipping messy and still although I have a flat I am not within it yet with work still happening to get the place looking right. I'm very fortunate like I have already mentioned to have expert help on hand but when I can I do a bit as well I like to as I really want to settle in this home and make it my own so that means to me having as much input as possible!
When I was in Homebase shopping for essentials I was advised to get a paint tray and roller, me I've never painted before really only dribs and drabs and had seen this sort of system being used (my ex was a decorator) but I hadn't actually used one myself and this one cost me £5.99 with the roller handle, 2 woven sleeves and a black plastic tray which was the cheapest I spotted in store on the day I bought this.
It all came in a see through pack which clearly told me what it all was and who it was by and the measurements and so on and it easily was torn off and disposed off.
This set is meant to be used with emulsion for ease of cleaning it really and is suitable for use on walls and ceilings alike. All you do of course is tip you emulsion into the deeper end of the tray which is rectangular and quite deep measuring (W)6.9, (L)36 and I got quite a bit in there and was impressed that it felt strong even when the paint was in it. The roller has a slim black plastic handle with homebase written into it and its a good length without being too long and the roller bit is white and feels soft and fluffy and that simply snaps on and rolls easily once on the handle.
I pop my roller into the paint, get rid of the excess paint to one side of it and get rolling. It rolls smooth and its up to me to make sure I have even coverage. Being quite wide it covers a largish area meaning less work for me and I find that I get the job done quicker and with far less drips with one of these that say a paintbrush!
I am really impressed with this. It gives my walls and ceilings a nice finish with no bits in it off the sleeve and when I pack up I just rinse the lot out but before it all goes too dry so it isn't reusable. Yes it takes time to clean it and it is pain after-all but I do like the fact that when the first sleeve goes on I have another to use so I think that all in all this is great little kit and I'm really, really glad that I found it!
Available only from Homebase stores.
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Since we have been living here in our cottage I have been working my way round trying to get all the rooms painted.
The walls throughout the building are just plastered, but with random markings where the trowel has been, which fits in with the old age of the cottage. In the downstairs rooms there are beams on the ceiling with this same plaster effect in between. In the upstairs rooms the ceilings are smooth.
I have explained this detail to you to as you need to know why I wanted the paint roller. I find it easy to paint the walls with the markings as I can see where I have been and the paint does not need to be perfect.
When it comes to smooth ceilings I am hopeless! When my dad was alive I used to have a go myself but he always had to come in and give it a final coat to get it smooth and perfect for me.
So I began to paint the first bedroom - I did the walls and gave the ceiling a couple of coats with my trusty paintbrush but, although it looked better that I had ever managed before, it wasn't good enough.
I decided that I would get a roller kit and gave a go with that. I had seen dad use them to great effect so off I went to Homebase.
I purchased a basic roller kit and, although I can't remember how much I paid for it, they currently retail at £3.99 and of course you get Nectar points when you shop at Homebase too.
The product comprises a black plastic tray, a paint roller and a replacement head. These were all wrapped in cellophane and inside there was a sheet of green paper with the Homebase logo on it and just the words Extra Value Roller Kit.
The tray is made from black coloured plastic and it is rectangular in shape. The base of the tray has a well at one end where the paint is poured and a ridged slope from the well to the opposite edge of the tray. The whole thing is fairly deep which minimises the chance of spillage.
I put a reasonable amount of paint into the well so that there is enough to use but not so much that it would cause any problems with splashing or spilling.
The roller itself is made from plastic and covered in soft, furry material. This then pushes onto metal frame which has a black plastic handle with a good sturdy grip.
To use the kit I just poured some of the paint into the well of the tray, dipped the roller into the paint - rolling it to cover it with paint and then drew the roller up the slope of the tray to get rid of any drips. I then began to roll the roller back and forth across the smooth ceiling thus transferring the paint from the roller to the ceiling.
I gave the ceiling one further coat as I had already painted it twice with the paint brush. To my great surprise and pleasure the ceiling was covered well with no streaks. I have to say that dad would have probably got the finish even better than I did but I am sure that he would have been pleased with my efforts. I would give myself an 8 or even maybe a 9 out of 10 for my efforts!
The only problem with using a roller is the fact that it can give off a fine spray of paint during use, so do be sure to cover your furniture and carpets with dust sheets before you start.
Even though I have only used mine of the ceiling I am certain that it would be just as effective on the walls. The soft material of the roller head would mean that the paint would be pushed into every nook and cranny.
Once I had finished my painting I poured the paint remaining in the tray back into the tin and took the roller and the tray to the sink to wash them. I found the tray easy to rinse out as you would expect. The roller head took some time to clean but all I had to do was to hold it under a running tap until the water ran clear. The material of the roller head does hold a fair bit of paint so it takes a while to wash it all out but it is worth it because the material returns to its original condition once dry. To dry it I squeeze my hand along it to pull off any excess water and then dab it with kitchen roll. I then stand it on its end on a piece of kitchen roll to absorb any drips and just let it dry.
Well, I never thought I would say this but, I can recommend this paint roller kit! I have always been a paintbrush girl but I was very impressed with the finish that this roller gave me.
I would give it four stars - it loses one for the spray given off whilst painting.
I am starting to sound a bit like a painting expert for I have written several reviews on paint and brushes and what not. I tend to do the painting in our house as I quite enjoy it. I'm not a DIY expert, I don't know any hints and tips of the trade but I just work my way through.
I always use a roller tray when painting, I don't think it would be possible to paint without one! I always tend to find the cheapest too as I normally just throw the tray away once I've finished painting which I know is probably very lazy of me but I do find quite often that the trays do not wash out properly and so if you re-use them it can affect the colour of paint you use. In shops such as Homebase or Wilkinsons you can find a paint tray for quite cheap, they do usually come with a roller or two too which is useful! I tend to buy these and they are about £2.99 for the tray, a roller and two heads which I think is a suitable price to pay.
The tray is made from plastic and it's fairly strong but if you stand in it (yes this has happened!) then it will crack and snap! It is very light too so it does have a good chance of being knocked and fall off a table if you're not careful. It needs to be light though so that it makes painting easier- if you carry this around with you and it's full of paint then you would struggle under the weight or it would just be awkward to balance it.
It has a deep section to it and a shallow, textured one. You pour a good amount of paint into the deep section and the shallow section you leave empty. You roll your roller into the deep section to get paint upon the head and then roll it out on the shallow, textured section. This helps to get the paint evenly spread across the brush. It's always ideal to roll this in two/three directions to get the paint all over the head. If it is not spread out properly over the brush then when you put it on the wall it can be very patchy which can lead to poor drying.
When you are rolling your roller in this you will need two hands- one to hold the tray still and one to do the rolling. If you try this with one hand the tray will move with you as it's only light.
The tray is just wide enough for your roller to fit in, it's obviously designed with the size of the roller in mind.
What I like about these trays is that they are well designed and make painting with a roller much easier. They can, however, end up with bits of paint in the corners which you find hard to pick up with your roller as the head just misses these areas and seems to move paint into them. What I do though is use a brush to make use of this paint for the 'cutting in' areas or I will get the brush and gather up the paint on it then put it onto the roller from the brush as I don't like to waste any paint especially as it can be so expensive!
You can get drips from this tray, as you roll the head of the brush around if you do it quickly- which is the most efficient way- it can spray out lots of tiny specks of paint so do make sure that you put this on a surface which doesn't matter if it gets paint on it.
Another tip that I find very useful is- always remember where you put this! Whilst you're painting it can be so easy to keep this on the floor, roll your roller over your wall and then step back to admire it, forgetting that you have left the tray directly behind you and you end up stepping in it! This has happened to me TWICE now, you would think I would have learnt by now but evidently not!
When cleaning this you have to be quick, if the paint sets and dries it can be very hard to then remove it. I will always clean this out right away if I know i will be needing it for the same colour paint the next day. If I have finished the last coat of paint I tend to just throw it away as it can be a very fiddly cleaning job. If you don't remove all of the paint then when you go to use this tray again using a different colour the bits of paint which are left over can come up onto the roller and can cause your paint to be tainted with a different colour or have lots of little tiny dry bits of paint within it.
Roller trays are a great idea and are available from DIY stores and some supermarkets. I have seen some in the pound shop too so you can get them for a very good price! They are very useful, I don't think that I could paint the walls of my house without one.
Recently my mum and dad were decorating their spare room, my mum suffers from Lupus so cant do anything like decorating and with my Dad working 13 hour shifts it meant he couldn't always be there to do it so I offered to do the ceiling for them, after all its once a small room with a totally smooth ceiling (well with a few cracks in it) so it wasn't really going to take me long. I decided to use the largest brush we had thinking this would get the job done quickly, not the case, I managed to get the first coat on in a reasonable time but it was rather streaky. Disappointed with the finish the brush gave we took a trip to our local Homebase in search of a roller to give a much smoother second coat. We didn't want to spend a huge amount out on a fancy roller and came across Homebases Extra Value Roller Kit, cheap to buy and with all the accessories we needed it was perfect to get the job done.
The packaging of the kit was very simple, it came in wrapped in cellophane with the words Extra Value Roller Kit written on it along with the Homebase logo, there was certainly nothing fancy about it at all, however this was quickly disposed of. The kit consists of 3 parts, a large black plastic tray, the roller and also a replacement head.
*The Tray - The tray is made from a black coloured plastic, it is rectangle in shape and is made up of 2 levels with one end of the tray being slightly higher than the other. The lower part of the tray is where the paint is poured into and where you load the roller up with paint. The raised and slightly textured area is used to remove any excess paint to prevent it dripping onto the floor as you go to paint the area required. The tray has a slight lip around the edge of it possibly to help stop paint spilling over the edge but I did not fill the tray up enough for this to happen. The lower area of the tray designed for the paint is of a reasonable size and holds a decent amount of paint, I cannot say exactly how much because as I have said I didn't fill this section right up, I just poured a small amount in and topped it up as and when I needed.
*The Roller - The roller is just like any normal paint roller, it has a chucky black plastic handle, a descent size so you can easily grip it but not too big so that it is difficult to hold, the handle is smooth but in no way slippery. Coming from the handle is a piece of metal, this comes up at an angle and then curves round horizontally, this horizontal piece of metal is where the roller slides onto, it comes with a small cap to push in the end of the roller head to stop it from falling off. The actual roller head is made from plastic and covered in what can only be described as a pale yellow furry material, the material is actually extremely soft and quite fine, I imagine that this would be ideal for textured walls and ceilings making it easy to get paint into every corner. The replacement head is exactly the same as the one which comes already on the roller. The roller heads simply push onto the end of the roller handle and are held in place with a small plastic cap, although I have to admit the roller heads are very hard to push onto the roller, it took me and my Dad to do it with me push against the roller head and him pushing against the handle so once together it is best to leave it this way to avoid a battle every time you wish to use it.
All parts of the roller kit (the tray and the roller) are extremely light to hold, personally I think this is important especially when painting ceilings like I was as it means you can
comfortable hold the tray with one hand if needed and paint using the roller with the other hand without your arms aching within a few minutes.
I purchased the Extra Value Roller Kit to paint a ceiling, I had already given it one coat with a paint brush and brought the roller to give the ceiling a smooth streak free finish. Not long after I had begun painting with the roller I noticed how much easier it was compared to the paint brush, the paint was going on very smoothly with non streaks at all. I had been a bit concerned that using a roller would mean paint splashing everywhere, but again this was not the case the paint did not splash or drip at all, there was hardly any mess. The soft furry surface of the roller meant I could get close to the edges of the ceiling easily. Using the roller and the tray together was very easy, the roller fitted nicely into the tray allowing you to load it up with paint and then remove the excess on the raised area, and again there was no mess or dripping of paint. The roller allowed me to quickly give the ceiling a second coat of paint without applying the paint too thick or having to go back over streaks, once I had finished I was very pleased with how it had covered and how good it looked, I'm sure if I had carried on with the brush I would have been doing a third or possibly fourth coat, but with the roller there was no need to give the ceiling another coat of paint.
I purchased my Extra Value Roller Kit from my local Homebase and it cost me just £4.49 which I thought was a real bargain epically as you got the paint tray, the roller and the replacement head for this amount. The roller seems extremely durable and hardwearing, once I had finished painting I washed the roller and tray and it was still in excellent condition, I did wonder whether I would be able to reuse the roller once I had washed it with it being so cheap, but it was still in excellent condition and washed up very well and I will certainly be able to reuse the roller head.
Overall I was very impressed with my Extra Value Roller Kit, it was not only cheap to buy but hardwearing, durable and did a very good job of painting the ceiling. I think this roller would be suitable to paint most surfaces. When using the roller there was no mess at all and it was very easy to use, it allowed me to get the job done very quickly. I would certainly recommend this kit to anyone who is thinking of doing some decorating.