16 Clever Painting and Decorating Tips & Tricks

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Add 16 clever Painting & decorating tips & tricks to your painting arsenal! We’ve asked the skilled painters and decorators in our Network what painting hacks they’ve ended up using on a regular basis and here’s what we have to share:

  1. Avoid cleaning your brush or roller during every break and wrap them in plastic wrap. Seal them in a plastic bag and they’ll be good to go.
  2. Paint fumes can be easily absorbed by slicing some onions and placing them nearby.
  3. Attach a container lid to your brush – this little modification will catch all paint drops.
  4. Wipe down any metal surfaces with vinegar to keep the paint from peeling.
  5. Place the treated items in a box to keep things nice and neat (If you use spray paint).
  6. Unstuck messy brushes by soaking them in hot vinegar for about 30 minutes.
  7. Rub a candle over wooden surfaces to achieve an antique-like aesthetic.
  8. Avoid painting screws and keyholes by covering them with a dash of petroleum jelly.
  9. Vanilla extract is great for negating the permeating smell of heavy paint fumes – just add a tablespoon to your bucket of paint and see for yourself!
  10. Cover your door hinges with some masking tape to leave their original colors intact.
  11. A lint roller is all you need to take the fuzz off your paint roller and get down to work.
  12. Don’t have a paint brush holder? Just use an empty plastic bottle instead.
  13. Cover your toilet tank with a garbage bag for an easier bathroom painting job.
  14. Need to have your brushes ready for action on the very next day without actually having to clean them? Just put them in the fridge!
  15. Refresh old masking tape by putting it in a microwave for no longer than 10 seconds.
  16. Aluminum foil is your best friend when you’re trying to protect objects that are in your way (taps, pipes, etc.) from getting covered in artistic paint splashes.

 

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