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The BEST Painting Tips and Tricks

10 seriously awesome Painting Tips & Tricks that are borderline genius! | www.classyclutter.net

As you probably already know, we are paint obsessed. I mean, we paint a LOT of stuff. Nothing is safe from being painted in my home. Whether it’s spray paint, latex, acrylic, chalk, etc. I will probably paint it if it lives in my home for any length of time. It’s by far the easiest way to make big changes in the home. I’ve gathered some tips that I’ve used for a long long time that are tried and true and make painting anything a heck of a lot easier. You will thank me later. 😉

 Use aluminum foil to line paint trays for easy clean upCut up an old tshirt to wax furniture

Cut up an old t-shirt to wax furniture projects

Write paint colors on the back of light switch plates

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Make your own chalk paint out of unsanded grout, water and flat paint

Drop Cloth Tip

Use a dollar store shower curtain liner as a painter’s drop cloth!

Puncture the paint can rim to keep a clean seal

How to clean your paintbrushes

Use tape on the insides of drawers when painting furniture (image source unknown)

Use Floetrol to eliminate brush marks

How to remove paint from hardware

Use a magnet to hold your paint brush (source unknown)

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    1. I remove paint from light/receptacle covers by putting them in a zip-lock back of warm soapy water and vinegar. Let them soak for several hours and the paint with rub off.

  1. Painting tips are great but when comes to prep I have a time saving tip, if filling with wood filler or caulk have a damp ild sponge handy to wipe filled area as you go saved ne a lot of sanding and mess

  2. I have an old oak bedroom suit and I want a new look.Thinking staining it with a walnut or mahogany.Maybe painting it white with gold hardware.What do you think?

  3. Putting the exact color information of the room on the back of a light switch is a genius idea! I would love to have done this so whenever a hole goes in the wall, I don’t have to repaint the entire room when I fix the hole! That is, unless I get lucky and choose a good enough to blend color.

  4. i have copd and can’t be around paint flumes. are there any ways to get around this?

  5. Great tips.. one thing I found instead of shower liners for drop cloth, I got some cheap floor runners, they stick to the carpet and stay down flat without having to tape, you can push them under the trim to get everything protected, when done, just roll up and store for next time. To me it was so much better than a drop cloth that keeps moving, bunching up etc.

  6. Thanks for the tips! It is amazing how ideas as little as these can make your life so much easier while you paint. Putting the tape on the inside of drawers is a great idea and can be very helpful!

  7. The $Store in my area sells a product called “Awesome” and it is awesome. If you pour some in a pail and lay your old hardware in there, within a few hours the paint will fall right off.

  8. Thanks for sharing your painting information. I’m just starting to paint a bathroom. Good timing. 🙂

    1. Good tip, using liner in Crockpot, but I just picked one up at a thrift store or garage sale that is used for hardware only.

  9. So I read a lot of painting and DIY blogs and I thought I read all the tips. However you are one of the first I’ve read that suggest using vinegar to clean paint brushes. If this works it is truly an economic solution for brush maintenance.

  10. Use Press-N-Seal to line your paint trays, not foil! It is cheaper and easier to use and remove!!! Also use Press-N-Seal over carpet/flooring at the base of the wall. It keeps drips off the floor and accidental brush marks away from the floor when painting baseboards.

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