I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t mind painting. I love that feeling of the first roll of a new color going up. I love to sit and listen to the radio or talk to old friends and paint. I love the way a freshly painted room looks and feels. Granted, when we were trying to sell our house in Virginia, and I had to paint every room, I did become overwhelmed and started to hate it a little. Now we are here and I’m back to loving painting again.
So, when I was painting the VA house, I read this little trick online and can’t believe I didn’t know about it before. I feel like it might be one of those things everybody knew but me. But in case you might not know, here ya go.
I dislike the cleaning up part. I don’t reuse roller heads, and I’ll toss a brush before it needs to be tossed because sometimes I don’t want to clean it. The cleaning up process takes soooo long. But, this little tip is helpful.
Wrap your brush or roller head in a wet paper towel and it says ready to go much longer. That’s it, easy peasy!
So, for example, I always have 20 minutes of work left to do. I have to leave to pick up my kid and I have 20 minutes of work left to do. So, instead of tossing it all and giving up for the day, I just wrap everything up in wet paper towels and put seran wrap over the paint tray and run out the door. When I get back everything is still ready to paint. Then I can quickly finish the 20 minutes and the job is done and I don’t have to get those colors back out.
I’ve also started wrapping them up as I go along. While I’m rolling, I keep my brush in a wet paper towel, and vice versa. This is espesically helpful when using the brush, the paint just glides on, no more sticky, dried up messy paint. Also, this is helpful when you don’t want to use the dreadful blue tape. Smooth lines and steady hands are much easier when you aren’t dealing with drying paint.
I’ve also heard that you can wrap the stuff and leave it in the fridge overnight. Anybody ever tried that? I’m tempted, maybe in the next room I paint.
Anybody that knows us will be able to guess who’s room I’m painting with these crazy colors :).
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