If you’re planning to repaint one or more of your rooms and you decide to take on the task yourself, be sure to check out the newest products available. You can now buy paint that actually kills bacteria, making it a good option for bathrooms and kitchens. If you’re painting a child’s room (or a home office), you might love the idea of specialty paints that allow kids (or other creative types) to write directly on the walls with either dry-erase markers or chalk – and then wipe the doodles off without a trace.

In addition to the newest paints, you may also want to familiarize yourself with the latest gadgets available to make your do-it yourself project easier and faster. Consider using an extra-wide paint roller or a telescoping extension pole that reaches areas that would normally require a ladder. Also, find out about the newest hollow extension handles that actually siphon paint from the can like a syringe. They evenly distribute paint into the application roller, so you no longer need to refill paint from a tray.