6 Pantry Products That Make Painting Easier

ECOS 04/08/2016

When you're prepping for a painting project your supply list can get pretty long – and it's very easy to forget something. We can't count how many times we've returned from the store ready to dig into the job only to groan with frustration realizing we need to go back and grab an overlooked item. Luckily, if it happens to you, you might not have to.  Believe it or not, there are everyday items in your kitchen that can be used in place of forgotten items you didn't grab at the store. Today, we're sharing 6 pantry products that make painting easier!

#1 – Wrap a rag around the end of a mop to dust walls off before you paint.

Forget the telescoping wall washing mop. DIY with what you have.

#2 – Use plastic cling wrap as a drop cloth replacement – it works especially well over smaller pieces of furniture and lamps.

It’s light, easy to use, and can wrap around any surface, so it’s incredibly adaptable. A heavy drop cloth is still best for floors and large pieces of furniture, but plastic wrap can be helpful in a pinch.

#3 – A large plastic cup or empty yogurt container is handy as a cut-in bucket.

Being on a ladder with a big can of paint can be tiresome and cumbersome, so a smaller paint holder is much easier to work with. Hardware stores have special plastic containers for this purpose, but unless you're going to be doing a lot of painting in the future, you probably won’t ever use it again. We recommend skipping this purchase and using something you already have.

#4 – Ice cream buckets are great for keeping a wet rag with you to clean up small drips and messes.

Even pros sometimes paint outside of the lines, so don’t be surprised if you need to wipe some paint off the ceiling. An ice cream bucket is the perfect size for holding just enough water to deal with little mishaps.

#5 – If you need to take a break, wrap your wet brush and roller sleeve in a plastic shopping bag.

The bag will keep the paint from drying out and both the brush and roller sleeve will be in good shape for you to resume working.

#6 – Use a lint roller to remove loose material from a dry roller sleeve.

If you're re-using an older roller sleeve (this is fine to do, by the way), it may have some fine strands coming loose. These can fall off and stick to the wall while you are painting. Collecting these loose strands before you start to paint will save you time and give you a more professional looking finish.

We hope these everyday pantry items save you some time on your next painting project! If you know of any other household items that make painting easier please share them in the comments for others to learn from!

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