Plan to redecorate or remodel a room? You’ll likely be painting, and if you’re like most of us, that’s not exactly a chore that you love. Here are some painting tricks for everything from prep tips to cleanup to make that chore a little easier.
17 Painting Tricks That Make Painting Easier
Have a Pringles can handy? Store your wet roller in one, and put it in the fridge to prevent drying out.
Hate the smell of paint? Add a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract to the can to mask the odor. It won’t affect the paint.
When spray painting, put the object in a cardboard box to contain the overspray. Smart!
Get dried paint brushes clean again with some hot vinegar. Let them soak for 30 minutes to soften the paint.
Press ‘n seal wrap is fabulous for storing wet paint brushes in the fridge.
Paint Tricks and Tips You Need to Know
Or, you can put wet paint brushes and rollers in plastic bags, and put them in the refrigerator so you don’t have to wash them out after each use.
Put Vaseline on any area that you want to resist paint. This even comes in handy when you’re painting your nails!
Add aluminum foil to your paint tray before pouring the paint to make cleanup a breeze!
Frugal tip: save paint by scraping it off your roller back into the can before you wash the roller.
Tips to Make Painting Easier
Do edge work first. Yes, it’s tedious, but you’ll thank yourself after a long day of painting when you don’t have to climb a ladder or get down on your hands and knees to finish the edges.
Use rubbing alcohol to find out if the existing paint is oil-based or latex. Important to know!
Go over your wall with a dry Swiffer to remove dust before you start painting.
Write which room your paint is for on the top of the can so you can grab it quickly for touch-ups.
Add holes to the rim of the paint can to keep paint from dripping over the sides. This also prevents the lid from getting stuck when you close the paint.
Cut out a plastic milk jug to use as a paint and paintbrush holder. So handy!
Protect your door knobs with aluminum foil before you start painting a door.