Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday- Covered Brush Bucket

There are a few chores in my life that, if I won the lottery, I would willingly pay someone else to do for me. Some of my most hated jobs? Anything that has to do with cleaning the bathroom and washing out a paintbrush between paint jobs.

I paint quite a bit around here. Anyone who's a big DIYer does. My husband is a carpenter and painting is often part of his job as well. He's the creative mind behind today's Quick Tip Tuesday; the no-splash covered paint bucket...

Super easy. Take a plastic coffee can. Cut a hole in the top just big enough for the handles to stick through. Put enough water in your can to just cover your brush bristles, put your brushes in and snap the lid back on. Or, use it for your paint when you're out painting in the sun. Just pour an inch or two of paint in the bottom of your can. Then keep the lid handy so you can snap it on to keep your brushes moist and your paint from skimming over if you have to step away from your paint job for a moment. See? Easy.

Ken likes this because he can bring his brushes from a job in town to home in the truck without getting paint all over. Then he can properly wash out his brushes in warm running water. I like this because I can shove my brushes in the bucket, put the lid on, shove it in a corner and not rinse them out until I'm ready to paint again. 

Here's another Quick Tip: It's better (much better) to be more like my husband and take good care of your brushes than to be lazy like me. Over the 14 years that we've been together, my husband has tried in vain to teach me the proper way to wash a brush and not abuse them the way I do. It's so bad that I'm not allowed to use "his" brushes anymore. So, in an effort to make up for all the paint brush frustration I've caused my husband over the years, here is the proper way to wash out a paint brush; under warm running water press and fan the bristles of your brush against the sink bottom. Keep twisting and fanning the brush (turn it over and do both sides) until your water runs clear and all the paint in the heel of the brush is rinsed out. According to my in-house expert, paint left in the heel of the brush is what ruins them (I believe this might have been said with a look of total irritation as he tossed yet another brush that I failed to clean properly in the trash). If you follow his advice (not mine) your brushes will stay supple and flexible and ready for your next paint job.


  1. I found the best aid for cleaning brushes, completely by accident. Remember the kids' craft that uses melty beads? Little tubular plastic beads placed on a flat form that has little protrusions to hold them while you iron (or somehow melt) the beads into solid shapes? Wow, that sounded convoluted...anyway, my kids are grown now but I happened to have a couple of the plastic forms left and don't ask me why, decided to use one to swirl a paint filled brush against when washing it out. And wow. the paint comes out so much faster and more completely than using the sink bottom. Tell your hubs to give it a try...(or don't and impress him with your skills). It speeds up the process...here's a pic of a similar form...it's the photo of the green square (the one I use is a white heart (which I DO heart). :) http://christyscuties.blogspot.com/2012/10/melty-bead-hair-clips-and-earrings.html Love your projects, by the way!

  2. oops, link didn't work...this should: (this isn't my blog, just an example).



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