Paint

Portable touch-up paint

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If you have some touch-up painting to do around your house, you can recycle a plastic milk jug into a paint holder. Cut away from the side opposite the handle to make your “paint tray,” and you can use the spout as a brush holder. One word of caution...

Have the best-smelling cans…and other scented tips

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Forget spending a ton on those fancy-schmancy room scents. I’ve wasted so much money over the years buying various things that plug into the wall that when I’m at the store — faced with a wall of refill containers — I can never remember what I have or haven’t...

Spill proof

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What do you do if you spill a bottle of cooking oil on the floor? First you pour some flour over the spill and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The flour will absorb most of the oil, and you can simply sweep it up with a...

Brighten up a mialbox

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Ok, does your mailbox look like this?  If so, do your yourself and your neighbors a favor and paint it.  Thanks to my buddy Gerry Bock for the tip!  

Painting tip: Pour your paint easier

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Grab a lid from an old can of paint and a piece of hose. Any kind of hose, even from an old garden hose or an old washing machine water hose, will work. I drilled a hole in the lid slightly smaller than the hose and used tin snips...

Brighten up a mialbox

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Ok, does your mailbox look like this?  If so, do your yourself and your neighbors a favor and paint it.  Thanks to my buddy Gerry Bock for the tip!  

No more paint build-up

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Before you start painting, take a large rubber band and put it around the paint can so the band is stretched over the opening. Instead of wiping your paint brush over the edge of the can, wipe it over the rubber band instead. You’ll keep paint from building up...

Painting tip: More than a rubber band

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I have been painting lately and used my tip involving a rubber band over the top of the paint can to wipe the brush.  It does work, but you have to be very careful not to put too much pressure at the end of the bristles, loading the rubber...

Clean up paint spills

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Use baby wipes to clean up fresh paint spills (actually, most anything wet will wipe up latex paint).

Painter’s spray booth

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If you’re painting a small item with spray paint, make yourself a “spray booth” out of an old cardboard box. Set it on its side with the top facing you. Cut a square in the top and  place it underneath a shop light to illuminate whatever you’re working on....

Not a contortionist?

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Need to paint in a hard-to-reach place? Hot glue a paint pad to a paint stir stick. And if you’re squeezing into a tight place, such as behind a toilet tank or a radiator, use plastic wrap or a garbage bag to cover the thing you don’t want to...

Keep it smooth

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I was painting my porch railing reentry and my paint was getting dried up. I added some water to thin it (latex paint) and started stirring. But it was taking forever. I thought, “I wish I could blend it” because it had some lumps. Well, I attached a hand-mixer...