Buckets of potential

Buckets of potential

Every now and then a product comes along that oozes practical common sense. The Paint Roller Bucket provides consumers with an inspired choice when painting.

The Paint Roller Bucket, designed by New South Welshman Ken Brandon, sold 10,000 of units in Australia upon its release several years ago. Now, following a lengthy break in production, Brandon is keen to revive retailer interest in his Australian-made product.

The bucket is an affordable alternative to traditional roller trays, and makes roller painting much easier (and a lot less messy) for DIYers, professional painters and anyone using a roller.

Brandon, a former professional painter, says he was inspired to invent the roller bucket after he recognised four major problems with conventional, flat roller trays:


  • Trays hold only small quantities of paint;
  • They cannot be hooked to ladders;
  • There are no design safeguards against spillage; and
  • Trays have no handles.”If you place a paint roller tray alongside my product, you will see that the roller bucket is far superior to any paint roller tray,” says Brandon. “Whenever I’ve shown my bucket to retailers, they’ve immediately asked, ‘Can we order some of these?’ I was once in a Sydney store showing the bucket to the manager, and four customers who saw me with demonstration buckets bought them on the spot before the manager had time to place an order!”

    There are numerous advantages to using a deep bucket for roller applications. As Brandon points out, the bucket has a hook to attach it to a ladder. This is safer than continually stepping up and down a ladder whenever more paint is required. Having the paint supply close at hand also allows painters to tackle ceiling jobs without using long-handled rollers. Cutting in with a brush is also easier when the paint supply is affixed to the user’s ladder.


“Another advantage is that, when painting walls from the floor, the bucket is always in front of the person using it,” says Brandon. “It can be moved around a room safely and easily by the handle while the roller is ‘parked’ on the lip of the bucket.”

Painters of large surface areas will also appreciate the increased capacity of the bucket. A single two-litre pour is usually sufficient to cover a medium-sized room without the hassle of constantly replenishing a shallow tray.

For those occasional DIYers who like products with multiple functions, the buckets can also be used as mop holders, car washing containers or window washing aids (particularly where ladders are involved).

Brandon owns the one-tonne mould for his bucket (specially manufactured in Italy), and has made arrangements for future production with Bob Teasedale of Uniplas Mouldings, Wetherill Park, NSW. Many thousands of units can be produced per week if required.

“It’s the kind of product where a bit of proper advertising and decent floor displays will work wonders,” he says. “I envisage colourful cardboard wraps around each bucket so customers can see exactly how the bucket works.”

Suppliers and retailers interested in finding out more about the Paint Roller Bucket can contact Ken Brandon on (02) 9684 1102.

Story by John Power