Do you have any painting projects planned for this weekend? I, for the first time in many weeks…do not! :-) But, I did paint the walls in my studioffice yesterday. Painting it seems is just a part of my life. I have painted quite a bit and know a lot of painting tips and tricks. I thought I would share a few of my “not-so-ordinary” painting tips with you today.
Since it is Friday and I know everyone is ready for the weekend, I will get right to it.
#1 The Best Latex Paint Remover
As a blogger I get quite a lot of boxes filled with all sorts of items delivered to my doorstep on a weekly basis. I rarely know what is inside until I open them up. A while ago, Mötsenböcker sent me a box full of their stain removers. As I mentioned in a post last week, I can only use certain cleaning products because I get negative reactions to the chemicals in many of them. For this reason, I didn’t use the stain removers, but they seemed like good products with specific uses so I kept them as they could come in handy someday. I am glad I kept them…the latex based paint remover saved me from a painting disaster.
As I was painting my studioffice this week and didn’t realize until I was cleaning up that I got paint on the wood pocket door where it didn’t belong. It had dried and I could not scrape it off. :-( I remembered that I had the Latex Base Paint Remover in the garage and decided to go get it. I sprayed it on and let it sit for a few minutes. I was impressed….it removed the paint, but not the polyurethane finish. It did smell and I wore gloves and opened the window in the room, but I was very happy that it did the job the label said it would do. It works on fresh and old dried paint. It is a good product to have on hand so when an oooops happens you will be able to clean it up, but also to remove old paint that is on any hard surface around your house.
#2 The Best Paint Brush Cleaner
I have found the best paint brush cleaner is not a bottle of paint brush cleaner, but a bottle of moisturizing hand wash. While cleaning up after painting one day, I had run out of dish detergent that I normally cleaned my brushes with, so I reached for the hand soap instead. I washed my brushes, hung them upside down to dry and forgot about them. When I went to use one a few days later, I noticed how soft the bristles felt, they were so supple, they hadn’t been this supple in a long time and then I realized that I used hand wash to clean them. I have been using hand wash ever since. I have used Dove and Jergen’s, but I am sure any moisturizing hand wash will work just as well as these do. What I love about using the hand wash now is that they not only leave my brushes soft and supple, but they smell good too. :-)
#3 The Best FREE Dropcloth….
…is not a cloth, but a flattened cardboard box. I get many of them as I mentioned above and like to put them to good use.
I have mentioned this repurposing use for a cardboard box before, but since it truly will make painting a piece of furniture right in place so much easier, it is worth mentioning again. Why I like to use it?
- When I get lazy and don’t want to carry a piece of furniture to my garage or basement to paint, I have found the best drop cloth to use is a flattened cardboard box.
- When you place the item on it you can easily turn it around to reach all sides of the piece you are working on from one position. You can just swirl the cardboard to view the side you need to work on. Since the cardboard slides easily on flooring it makes painting furniture in place or close to where it will go very easy.
- If you don’t finish painting in one day, you can simply slide the cardboard with the furniture still on it out of the way until you have time to work on it again.
- Easy clean-up. Simply fold the cardboard up and store it to use for your next project. I keep a few of the flattened boxes propped up in my garage so I have them on hand when I want to paint.
Do you have any painting tips or tricks to share?