We make a lot of mistakes when painting, so we have a couple quick ways to fix them.
The first is to simply wipe them off with a wet rag we carry in our canvas work apron. You may end up wiping off paint from the surface where you actually wanted it, but that’s OK, just paint again – and sometimes you will need to wipe fairly hard to remove it ( depending on how long you waited to address it. Our advice – do it right away.)
Small Putty Knife
Cover it With a Wet Rag
The second is a tip from the handy husband. He used to paint houses in the summer to save money for college. You simply wrap your wet rag around a small putty knife. This allows you to clean up tight corners and other hard to navigate areas.
How easy is that! Happy painting :)
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We paint a lot over here at Hammer Like A Girl – cabinets, kid’s rooms, tile, floors. We thought we would share a few good tools that make our lives a little easier, the job a tiny bit better – plus might eliminate a few trips to the basement for just one more thing ;)
First. No injuries.
Please Direct Your Attention to the Safety Talk:
- Be sure the ladder is stable and don’t reach beyond a comfortable distance ( this means you, Heidi! )
- If working outside –grab the sunscreen and a water bottle
- Wear shoes that won’t slip or catch on things
- Protect areas with drop cloths or newspaper
- We love our 3rd Hand Paint Pail. Holds the paintbrush and is far easier to use than a paint can. ( And made in the USA )
- Buy a good pair of groovy protection goggles if you need them (when scraping and sanding)
Now onto –
Our Favorite Tools For Painting:
Here’s a List of Miscellaneous Things we Find Useful:
- Reading glasses
- Sandpaper of 180 and 220 grit ( usually smallish pieces )
- Sanding block for larger flat areas
- A 1″/25mm and a 2″/50mm paint brush, nylon/polyester blend, angled
- 2-3 small art brushes for hard to reach areas ( not fancy )
- Pencils for drawing on the walls ( so you can see where to paint )
- Pencil sharpener
- Blue tape
- Paint can opener
- Stir sticks
- Smallish paint containers: yogurt tubs or a 3rd Hand Paint Pail
- A canvas work apron or small tool belt (so helpful!)
- Putty knife for scraping
- Needle nose pliers for pulling out cracked/worn caulk
- A narrow screwdriver for loose screws and digging out yuck
- A nail punch for popped nails
- A small hammer for the same and sealing paint lids closed
- Toothbrush for brushing debris from corners
- A razor blade for cleaning up past mistakes etc
- Wet cloths for cleaning dirt off paint
- Wet cloths for wiping off spills and mistakes
- More drop cloths & rags
- This list, so we can double-check that nothing has been pilfered or lost –
That’s a lot of stuff! We finally decided to start storing them together in a caddy. When we are painting we carry them in our small tool belts.
Oh – and one more thing. Because Chocolate.
Do you have any favorite painting tools? We would love to hear your tips!