Tip: Cut down on painting cleanup
The only thing worse than the actual painting process is having to clean up your brushes and rollers after a long day's work, knowing full well that you'll be doing it all over again the following day (or next weekend) after your second coat.
Now, at least I can limit my cleanups to just once per paint job. I learned this tip from my in-laws, who in turn learned it from their contractor.
Instead of cleaning up between coats, wrap your brushes and rollers tightly with cling wrap. As double insurance against drying out (especially if you're like me, and sometimes have a week between coats), pop your carefully wrapped tools in the fridge.
When your next painting day arrives, just pull out your rollers and brushes, while keeping the cling wrap on, and let them heat back up to room temperature before dipping in.
Voila - clean up time cut in half! Though, your guests may wonder why you've got a stack of rollers hanging out next to your milk and eggs.
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