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Painting and Staining Tips!

Painting is so much fun! 
 I love it!   
Creating… making something look beautiful again… it’s all great fun! 
 What isn’t so fun… messy paint cans and sticky fingers. 
 I thought I would try a couple of these ideas out… 
they worked great for me and thought, hey, I should pass them along.
I found this idea on Pinterest, which is a Martha Stewart idea.  
 Normally I forget all of these ideas, 
but luckily I remembered this as I was setting up to paint.  
 If you are anything like me, the lip of the can gets full of paint 
as I drag my brush 
to reduce drips and an overflow of paint on the brush.  

 Then I go to close my can and either the paint is dried and crumbling 
or paint goes flying across the room as I attempt to 
secure the top on the paintcan.  
 Hopefully you haven’t experienced this, but I have.  
(The above can is one of my paint cans… embarrassed to say).
 Well, here is the fix…  use a rubber band like this.  

 Instead of dragging your brush on the can, you drag it on the rubber band. 
 It really works great!
The next idea that worked for me was one I came up with as I was lying in bed
(you know, going through “the to do list”)
trying to make my painting techniques a little easier.  
 I am working on a chest of drawers and I needed to stain 6 drawer pulls.  
 That is when I thought of using an egg carton.  
 It worked!  

I put a screw through the bottom of the carton and 
screwed the drawer pulls on top.   
This way I was able to stain the whole pull, bottom, top and all!  

 This would probably work great with regular, old styrofoam too.
If there is something that works for me, I like to share the love to you!
If you have any other great helpful hints, please send them our way…


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  • Drama Mama Lori

    Okay, this rubberband idea is brilliant! Another ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moments! Thanks for the tips, gonna go find a rubberband right now! ~Lori

    February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am Reply
  • michael

    very nice blog I like it very much you are doing a great job
    Painting Company

    February 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Hi Angie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    February 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • Good Time Charlie

    I know the paint can one, but I love the idea of sticking knobs into an egg carton, genius!

    February 17, 2012 at 2:34 am Reply
  • Hosehead

    Man you have some good stuff…Please keep the useful tips coming!!!

    February 17, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply
  • tbzdesigner

    Great ideas!

    February 23, 2012 at 11:42 am Reply
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