June 5, 2010

Painting Tips

I know what your thinking ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Painting Tips, but hang with me.  I have just 3 tips that may save you time and money!

 Besides my online store I have an antiques booth at 
Orange Tree Antiques in Orlando, Florida.  I have had the booth for 7 years and have done tons of painting in that time as most everything gets a coat of white.

I hate sanding so this is my alternative.   I use Gloss-Off  by Krud Kutter.  I found it at Sherwin Williams and the best part is it smells like soap.  No strong odor, the store said they use it in schools because it has no odor and is so safe.  Not having to sand is especially wonderful when you're painting something with curvy legs or embellishments.

I love the finish and ease of spray paint but, if you're doing multiple projects or one big project it can get costly. This Rust-Oleum Heirloom white is my new love!  I took the cap of the spray paint to the paint counter and had them mix a gallon of paint to match the cap.  Now I base coat with a brush and give it a top coat of spray.  This is also great when you have projects that have curvy legs or a wicker top, you don't have to spray the whole item.  A brush coat of paint gives a good base.

Here is my last little tip.  I never wash a paint brush! I seal them in a Ziplock bag and put it in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator.  I have had brushes last a year.  They stay soft and moist (Sounds like a cooking blog).

So, there ya have it!  I will be on vacation for  10 days, nothing exotic.  I am going home to Minnesota (I hear the snow is finally gone) to visit friends and family. 

Happy Painting!


sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I have a booth too so I also paint lots of cottage furniture white. Thanks for the tip about the deglosser, I haven't tried it.
I usually brush everything but lately I have tried the brush on and then spray paint.
I also put my brushes in a plastic bag but not the refrigerator. I'll try that.

Thanks and have a nice trip.


Kim said...

Well butter me up and call me a biscuit! I never heard of that Gloss-Off stuff, but you can be sure it's gonna be in my arsenal from now on! I've been using Heirloom White spray paint for some time, but it makes total sense to give a coat of paint first. Thanks girl!

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Great tips! I need to refinish the front door so will try the Gloss Off and hopefully save me a ton of sanding... and sanding..... and sanding.......... lol
Thank you much!
~ Deb

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Stacey said...

Yes those are great tips! I'm known for painting walls alot at our house. I too put the paintbrush in a ziplock pretty often. It works!

Anonymous said...

I have put my paint brush and rollers in bags in the refrigerator if I was going to use them again the next day but seriously, you've never had to wash a brush. I'm amazed and I'm gonna give that one a try. Thanks for the tip and thanks for coming by to visit.


Jaclyn said...

By the way, cute name! I'm "Pink Polka Dot Daisy".

Jaclyn said...

Great tips! I have a small space at a boutique/antique shop. I;ve had it for about a year now, and I can't believe I haven't heard of Gloss Off before. Oh the hours this will save me!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Those are great tips ~ thank you !
I am anxious to try them when I gather up my painting supplies again ~

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Well these are just great tips! thank you for sharing them. I just discovered what a gross waste of money it is to try to spray paint bare wicker! a small wicker tray took an entire can of spray paint! So much for being thrifty!!

Diane said...

Thanks for the tips I just picked up a chair today at a yard sale I need to give it a paint job! I will be back to see your next helpful post. Hugs, Diane

Kathy said...

Excellent tips! I have a couple of projects with lots of nooks and curves! Great idea to copy the paint color!
Truly appreciate your tips!
Thanks for visiting, let me know how you like the Jackie's e-cards!
They can be used on Facebook too!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Carol wonderful tips never zzzz...
those are pom poms I put on a tossed out chandelier that I spray painted in ivory..Happy Pink Saturday and creating

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Carol!!!!
You are just a blogging encyclopedia of knowledge!!!! I love you!!!!
I rarely paint furniture but I do love knowing that I'll never have to wash another paint brush as long as my refrigerator is running!!! woooo hoooo!!!
You are just THE BEST!

Linda said...

Great hints, Carol~ thanks for sharing! Your booth space looks wonderful!!

Ginger said...

Thanks for sharing your painting tips, I use the brush in refrigerator technique but hadn't heard about the De-Gloss, thanks so much!!


Gracefully Vintage said...

Love all the tips i can get- i use exact same paint, i also ziplock the brushes- i dont refrigerate though- works great. My fav paint- like no other-
I could use some sewing tips on getting box cushions tight- im getting better-still dont use zippers only ties, but would love to do better. Thanks for stopping by today- yes we are two of a kind- wish you werent so far away.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Not boring at all Carol! I especially like the tip about sanding. Have a wonderful and safe trip!


Le Chateau des fleurs said...

I will do the paint brush in fridge! Cool. Thank you for the visit and Paint tips!

Sailing Simply said...

I've done the paint brush in the plastic wrap to keep fresh before I'm finished with projects but did'nt know about keeping them long term in the fridge. That could take up alot of space in my case! LOL! Also love to hear about Gloss Off! I am starting to get a little tired of the sanding. Great tips! Always appreciate any helpful tips along the way! Thanks!

Debbie said...

Hi Carol, that is so cool you have a booth, you must love it! Thanks for the painting tips, not that I will be doing any Major painting soon...but the brush tip was great...just hope I do not take it out in place of chicken for dinner one night:) Enjoy your trip....I am featuring your dress blouse this week on my party so be sure to check it out when you can:)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Carol, Thanks so much for visiting. Blogger is really acting bloggy today.
You are just a wealth of information. I love your painting tips especially the one of brush painting and then spray painting. I spray painted all my wicker furniture one time and my fingers locked up on me. LOL. I painted our screened porch this past week and have kept the brushes in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic so I didnt' have to clean them each day. Have a blast in Minn. xo

Anonymous said...

Great tips! I knew about putting the brush in a ziploc and have done so before but had no idea you could keep it so long!!!

I think my son's project will surprise you!

bee blessed

Kat said...

Carol, I hope you are having a wonderful time on your trip. Thanks so much for the painting tips.

Olivia~ said...

Oh my heavens your booth is GORGEOUS! Thank you for all of the tips, that is also my favorite spray...when i splurge! Tee Hee... I have only had my two booths for a year and I have painted soooooo much stuff white, I am impatient and mark stuff down when it is not moving, anyway. Love the booth,

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Hope you have a great family visit ! I'm gonna look for that Heirloom White, thanks for sharing that. I have a couple of rollers in the freezer from some time ago ... guess I should get them out and do some painting LOL.

Susan said...

Absolutely LOVE the name of your blog. Painting tips were super, too. Thanks! Susan

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Hi Carol! Your booth looks scrumptious...I see VINTAGE LINENS......YUM!!
Great tips!
I have got to figure out why your posts don't seem to come up on my reading list!! I still am having a problem figuring out some of the blogger stuff!
Enjoy your trip, or welcome home??....thanks for dropping by and your comments. Yes, dang bunnies, I'm lovin' the pink chenille and those great spice jars too! favorites!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Very good suggestions. I'll have to try that Krud Kutter. Sounds like something I would love!

Nancy said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'm so thankful, because if you hadn't I wouldn't have found your blog! You offer so many great tips. These painting tips will be useful for me because my next project is going to be a bit bigger and I don't want to mess it up! lol!

Thanks again and have a great week!

Lisa said...

Great tips! Thanks
And thanks for dropping by today.

Anonymous said...

awesome tips! I live in NZ and trying to locate Krud Kutter here!! I need it!