Looking to make your next interior painting project easier? Then take a good look around your kitchen. It likely contains a host of helpful items that can simplify everything from surface preparation to paint application. . .and even cleanup and storage of your leftover paint.
It’s always important to clean the surface before applying fresh paint to walls and ceilings, but that can take time. You can speed up this prep work by using a Swiffer® to wipe things down, or by simply wrapping a moistened rag around a mop head to create a long-handled cleaning implement.
One of the most versatile “painting helpers” in your kitchen is plastic wrap. It’s ideal for protecting lighting fixtures from spatter, especially when painting the ceiling overhead. Wrap your fixtures tightly in plastic and you won’t have to worry about stray paint flecks damaging their appearance. (And remember: You can minimize spatter by using top quality 100% acrylic latex paint.)
Drop cloths are best for protecting heavy furniture from “runaway” paint. But you can use plastic wrap for this job, too. Cover furnishings completely and press down the plastic wrap to keep it in place. To protect sofas and other oversized items, cut apart plastic trash bags and tape them firmly in place.
When it comes time to paint, keep your paint cans, stirrers, brushes, and other items in an empty cardboard soft drink box. Repurposing the packaging like this is a great way to contain drips.
While you are doing your painting, keep an old, wet dishcloth or moistened paper towel handy. Either one can be used to quickly pick up errant paint droplets before they dry and become tougher to remove.
Aluminum foil is useful to keep paintbrushes or rollers from drying out when you take a break. Carefully wrap the applicators in pre-moistened paper towels and they’ll be good to go when you resume your project.
There’s also a role for a lint roller when working with a previously used roller cover: Rolling it along the cover will remove loose threads and nap fragments that could otherwise leave marks or even embed in the fresh paint.
Are you one of those adventurous souls who create their own paint color by mixing leftover paints? Think ahead and use a measuring spoon or measuring cup when creating your “custom” formula, then record the proportions on a piece of masking tape affixed to the side of your paint container. This will help you produce a close match if you ever need more of the paint.
If you have only a small amount of leftover paint when your project is finished, transfer it to a screw-top jar for storage, sandwiching a layer of plastic wrap between the lid and the jar before closing it tightly. The jar will take up much less space than a standard-size paint can and you won’t have to worry that rust particles will spoil the contents. Affix masking tape and record where you used the paint.
As you can see, there are many helpful kitchen items that can make painting easier and trouble-free. And all of them are either very inexpensive, or absolutely free. So be resourceful and make use of the things you already have when doing interior painting!