Paint is an excellent way to bring a fresh look to a room or upscale and item of furniture, here are some tips to make your next painting job a breeze.

Keep It Wrapped Up

wrap your brushes in plastic

Paintbrushes can be kept for years if they are stored correctly, wrap them up in some plastic wrap or an old sandwich bag to keep the bristles together and keep them from fraying. You can also use this tip when you need to take a break in the middle of a paint job and you don’t want to have to clean the brush, the plastic wrap will keep the paint from drying out.

Add Texture To Your Walls

use string to add texture

Wrap a strand of string around your roller to give your walls some texture when painting, this technique is perfect for a feature wall.

 

Make It Sticky Again

microwave your masking tape

If you’ve got an old roll of masking tape which is stuck together, put it in the microwave for a minute. The heat will help melt the glue a little so that you can use the tape again.

Strain Your Old Paint

strain your old paint before painting

Rather than throwing out your old tins of paint which have accumulated a few globs and flakes, use an old container and turn it into a paint strainer. The paint strainer filters out any unwanted bit and leaves you with a container of usable paint again. You can do this with most paints which are newer than four years, anything older than this and its probably best to throw them out anyway.

To make a paint strainer, simply cut a hole into the lid of a container or bucket and faster a stocking or pantyhose to the lid. Feed it through the hole and your strainer is ready to use.

Newspaper Is The New Painting Tape

Instead of using masking tape, use a couple of wet strips of newspaper, stick them onto the glass alongside the strip you are painting and they’ll do the job of masking tape. They are also much easier to remove.

 

Do you have any tips and tricks for painting? What have you painted recently? Let us know in the comments section below.