2 All Wrapped Up

>> Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cabinet painting is officially a wrap and I’m killing time puttering around this construction site of mine taking care of loose odds and ends while I wait on my countertops to be installed next week. Puttering around task #1? Paint brush cleanup.

Once I learned the trick of wrapping used paint brushes in plastic and sticking them in the refrigerator to prevent the paint from drying before second coats/touch ups the next day, I was smitten…but unfortunately when you tend to skip around from project to project like I do, you start to accumulate a fridge full of brushes in every color of the rainbow. I was in serious need of a lunch break dedicated to paint brush cleanup and paint brush clean up alone.

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And I’m happy to report that I now have an army of sparking brushes awaiting their next task…

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…but unfortunately not everyone made it out alive. Some were far too dried and shriveled up to stand a chance…but just check out those killer cabbies in the background will ya? Yowza!

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Jeff & Kristin McClure February 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM  

So do you just put them in a ziploc bag and not seal it and just put it in the fridge?? Also, how did you clean yours so well?

Kitchen is looking great by the way!!!

Thanks, JM

Cara @ Live the Home Life February 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM  

Yep, just wrap those bad boys in a ziploc bag and fold the bag over so it is somewhat air tight. Doesn't have to be perfect but if you want to tie a rubber band around the handle of the brush, it would help too.

As for cleanup, I just used paint thinner from Sherwin Williams to clean the brushes. Some brushes were used for oil-based paint, some weren't. I let them soak in a shallow bucket for 5 minutes or so, then refilled with clean paint thinner and let them soak again.

Hope this helps!

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