It never fails. When you’re trying to stir a freshly opened can of paint, some of it is bound to spill over the sides. But you can keep the paint from splashing very far by using newspaper held up by a rubber band to temporarily make the sides of the can taller. All of the paint that sloshes over the sides of the can will be caught and absorbed by the newspaper. If you don’t have a paint stirrer, bend a wire coat hanger and get after it.
You know, you can also make your paint can much less messy to begin with. The first time you open a can of paint, take a hammer and a nail and make a few holes around the rim. Any paint that collects is going to drip back inside the can and your work area is going to stay much neater. And here’s a great idea to keep your paintbrush from dripping when your painting a high wall or a ceiling. Also make sure you wear a half mask respirator to protect you from harmful particles that comes from paint.
Take a large coffee can lid and use a sharp utility knife to cut a slit just big enough for the paintbrush handle. That way, the paint won’t drip on you or your flooring as you paint. And then, when you get ready to take a break, just put the lid back on the coffee can and the paintbrush won’t dry out while you’re gone.
Here are some great ideas for keeping things neat while you’re painting. First, simply roll up a wide piece of masking tape and use it to attach a paper plate to the bottom of your paint can. Now, it’s ready to move when you are without dripping paint as you go. A great way to prevent those drips that run down the side of the paint can from getting in the wrong place is to take a big box, like a cereal box, use the can to draw around as a pattern and then cut out the big circle there and put the can down in the box. Now, all the drips are going to run into the box.
When it’s time to paint the ceiling, you want to remove or cover all the furnishings to avoid those pesky paint drips. But what about the light fixtures? A large, plastic trash bag can be slipped over the fixture secured at the top with a twist tie and be safe from paint splatters.
As soon as you’re finished painting a wall be sure to remove any tape that you’ve used to mask off other walls or around molding or windows. That way, you can be sure the tape will pull off neatly before the paint has had a chance to dry and you won’t be pulling any of the paint off with it. When you’ve finished a project that’s left a rag soaked in oil or oil-based paint, make sure you put it in an air tight container. That way you’re going to prevent the possibility of spontaneous combustion.