great painting tips

United States
February 11, 2007 10:06pm CST
I have known about this tip for a long time, but I used it for the first time yesterday. I am slowly painting my house, room by room. When I am finished for the day, I put the paint brush into a zipper plastic bag and put it in the freezer. The next time I want to paint, I can either leave it out to defrost or run the plastic bag under the hot water for a few minutes. This tip works great!! No need to do clean up until all the painting is done. Also, I am using Kilz paint. It covers everything in one coat. One wall had 3 colors, yes, 3 differnt colors and the Kilz covered it all in one coat. Kilz is only available at Walmart. They can make any color you want.
2 responses
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
12 Feb 07
This works when using a paint roller too. I did alot of painting, when I was done for the day, I put my roller in a plastic bag and tied it up. I left it out on the counter, it stayed fresh for the next time painting. I have heard about putting it in the fridge or freezer, I didn't do that and the paint brush and roller were still ok. Good luck painting, thats alot of work.
• United States
12 Feb 07
Thanks! Maybe I will try just leaving it on the counter. I have a small freezer with some room in it and that is where I have been putting it. My husband is out of town until next week so I have plenty of time to paint. I have another tip: if you mix equal parts of paint and baking soda to form a 'putty", you can use it to fill in holes from nails, dents (that are small) and other paint mishaps. All you do is spread the mixture on the wall with your finger, wet you finger with water and go over the spot to make it flat and blend in with the wall. When it dryes, you will not see the hole or where you made the repair. No need to paint since you used paint. Try it, it works well!!
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Thanks for the tip on filling small holes, I have used toothpaste in the past, but then you had to paint over it.
• United States
12 Feb 07
I tried that once, but I also had to sand it down before painting. I swear by the baking soda and paint. I learned about that on HGTV. I watch all the shows about fixing your house to sell it. That is what I am working on right now.
• United States
10 Mar 07
Wow that is a fantastic idea....never heard of it before! I wish I could paint a room. I rent and don't know how long I'll be here so that's out of the question. I have such an urge, though. I'd love to paint one of my kitchen walls French blue, as an accent!