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First-World Paint Problems

At its best, innovation is about solving people’s real problems. And, sometimes, the best way to solve people’s problems is to truly empathize and experience the struggle first-hand. Over the past few weeks, I’ve experienced my fair share of painter’s plight as I took on the ambitious job of painting six rooms in my house. As I sanded, stretched, sweated, climbed, and cursed my way through the painting process, I was struck with a few, simple ideas that could have made my life a whole lot easier. So, now, I’ll put these ideas out into the world with hopes that one day they’ll make it to the shelf to save the worn-out souls with a paint brush still in hand.

Paint Panes

Problem:
Colors are a mind f*ck – they transform based on lighting and surrounding colors. So, it’s impossible to truly judge and choose the perfect shade based on teeny tiny samples, smaller than a business card. The best fix right now is SureSwatch’s clear, peelable films, but they still require you to buy paint and physically apply it to the sheet which is a whole process unto itself.

Solution:
Paint color samples offered in 8×11” sheets, purchased for a couple of bucks to save a lot of headache.

 

 

Touch-Ups

Problem:
No paint job is perfect – you’re bound to have slim slip-ups along the edges where old paint sticks out or new paint peels away with the tape. Fixing these errors currently entails more taping and painting. At best, you can use one of Slobproof’s refillable pens, but then you have to deal with the mess of filling and cleaning the pens and nobody has time for that.

Solution:
A line of paint pens filled with shades of interior paint to easily touch-up border bloopers. It already exists for cars, why not bring it to the home?

 

 

 

 

Man Hands

Problem:
Wearing your painter’s tape as a bracelet is an easy hack for saving time and energy when taping edges. But, people with bigger hands (aka my husband) are left scrambling because they can’t fit their fist through the tape roll.

 

Solution:
Painter’s tape offered in wider diameters so all painters can keep their tape “on-hand.”

 

Toilet Topper

Problem:
The biggest pain in the butt when painting? Covering the commode thanks to its odd shape and proximity to the wall. The current covering process involves getting on your hands and knees while wrapping the toilet with plastic wrap as your butt hangs in the air. Not a pleasant sight.

 

Solution:
A plastic “slip cover” designed to slide on and off of the common commode so painting around the toilet is less of a pain in the butt.

 

 

Paint Misters

Problem:
Sometimes you get lucky and you like the wall color you got, but you still need to touch-up old nail holes. However, thanks to the added layers and distinct borders, your paint touch-up can cause as much of an eyesore as the original nail hole.

 

Solution:
Interior paints of every shade sold in a mister bottle for a sheerer coat that makes wall repairs disappear.

 

 

 

 

Canvas Connectors

Problem:
One-size-fits all drop cloths lead to bunches and bare corners which leads to trips and unwanted drips which ultimately leads to extra work when you’re already worn out.

 

 

Solution:
Reusable canvas in 1’ squares with metal snaps at each corner so you can build your drop cloth to perfectly fit your floor.

 

 

Let’s be honest, painting a room (much less a whole new house), is never going to be fun, but it doesn’t have to be such a drag. Simple innovations like these could go a long way toward adding some splashes of color to this oft-drab part of the moving process.

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