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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Wet Paint Brush Storage

Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Wet Paint Brush Storage

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 0 comments

Hi Everyone… I hope you’re well and enjoying the day!

Do you dread cleaning your brushes, trays and rollers between each and every coat? Does it ever stop you from starting or finishing a project?

Wet Paint Brush Storage is an easy solution that can save you precious time by eliminating extra clean-up!

Preventing a wet paint brush from drying out between coats is not a new idea. But I’d like to share my thoughts. When I do it, when I don’t, and my favorite method of wrapping my brushes.


When I Wrap It –  When I Don’t 

When I paint in latex/acrylic, Homemade Chalk/Mineral Paint, or oil (which I rarely use oil based products anymore) I feel clean-up between coats is NOT necessary.

The plastic or oily make-up of  these paint can easily be wrapped and stored for a few hours or even over night without any worry.

When I use Milk Paints or Brand Name ChalkPaints, I’m a little more careful.


wet paint brush storage-milk-chalk-paiint


I find the makeup of chalk and milk paints don’t work quite as well with wet brush storage. I will usually clean them, or only leave them for an hour or so.

Another consideration is the brush.

If I’m using a better quality Purdy brush, I take better care of it and take the extra time to clean. If I’m using a cheap chip-brush or dollar store brush, it’s definitely getting wrapped!


My Favorite Method

My favorite method of wet paint brush storage is wrapping it in plastic cling wrap. The brand really makes no difference. I have a roll of no-name wrap in my paint room at all times. Plastic cling wrap sticks to itself so its super easy to seal around the brush handle so no air can leak in.  Works like a charm.




The Key to Wet Paint Brush Storage 

They key to wet paint brush storage is keeping some paint in the brush before wrapping it in plastic, and then removing ALL the air bubbles so the plastic creates a second skin around your brush or roller.




This method also works with paint trays. Just create a second skin of plastic wrap on top of your left over paint. This way you don’t have to keep pouring it back into the can between coats. If you’re working with a larger tray, a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag will do the trick.





Other  Wrapping Methods

Other popular methods are wrapping a brush or roller in a sandwich bag, plastic shopping bag, garbage bag or a purchased paint brush cover.

Many diy tutorials state the brush or roller should then be stored in a fridge or freezer. I’ve never done this because I don’t think it’s necessary. I’ve never had a problem storing at room temperature or in my cool basement. This has always worked just fine for me.




I’d love to hear what you think of  wet paint brush storage. Do you do it? If so, what do you use? And how long have you left your brush in storage before picking it up to paint again?

Feel free to visit last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU have any ideas or tips you would like to share on the on the SI Quick-Tip  Series, feel free to shoot me an email. :)

Have a marvelous day!

Denise x

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The Glazed Deilcraft Occasional Table… and a Birthday Celebration!

The Glazed Deilcraft Occasional Table… and a Birthday Celebration!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, Glazing Furniture, Painting Furniture, Tools | 17 comments

I was going to write an entire tutorial on “How I Glaze My Furniture” but instead I’ve decided to take it easy. No long tutorial. No fancy staging.  Just a charming painted and glazed Deilcraft Occasional Table.

This table was the perfect small project to take on while getting healthy. I’m feeling so much better now and I’d like to thank all of you for your well wishes and remedy advice. You’re the best! And all your sweetness inspired me to get better just in time for my Birthday celebrations. Well, close enough… I wasn’t feeling the best on the actually day of so I’ve decided to celebrate for the rest of the week. :)

But before I show you the table, I’m excited to share one of my Birthday presents with you. A new Ryobi 10″ Compound Miter Saw. Now I can add extra detailing and moulding onto my furniture!!!

I can’t wait to start using this! And if any of you tool ‘masters’ out there have any advice/tips on using this baby… feel free to chime in below. I’m all ears and eager to learn!


Ryobi 10" Compound Miter Saw


If you follow along on Facebook, you may recall I posted this before pic below. I was asking what the push-spring-thingy was for. Can you guess?

There were a lot of interesting and inventive responses, but only a handful of people knew what it’s really for. This push-spring is for lifting up a glass insert ( which this little table would have originally had) for easy cleaning. Brilliant! I learn so much from you guys!


Deilcraft Occasional Table - Before


So here’s the after. This Deilcraft Occasional Table was re-styled in a Custom Turquoise Blue and heavily glazed in black for an antiqued patina. A few coats of high gloss Minwax Wipe on Poly were added for shine.










So let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you like glazed furniture? Do you prefer glazing or dark waxing to get that antiqued look? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

I hope your day is filled with goodness and have fun-relaxing weekend.

Denise x


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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: takes your furniture out of ‘park’ and gets it moving

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 6 comments

You know you’re really under the weather when you have no desire or gusto to do the things you love, right?  I’ve been MIA from blog-land and social media the past few days. I’ve been sick and feverish…uggg. I have NO energy to paint or be online. Sorry guys. The past week has been exhausting. But I’m happy to say, I’m on the mend and should be painting and sharing again shortly.

Thanks to Kathy at The House at the End of the Road, we still have an amazing quick-tip for you today.

Falling right in line with last weeks amazing quick-tip on ‘parking your furniture’, today’s tip takes your furniture out of ‘park’ and gets it moving for easy access!

Here’s what Kathy had to say:

“Hi Denise~ Thank you for all the great tips you share. I thought I’d also share a couple with you.

Here at The House at the End of the Road, I use a very large wood Lazy Susan on my work table to hold small pieces that I paint…chairs, small tables, etc….. It’s easy to just turn the piece around to get at all the sides and corners.

I also have a fairly good-sized TV stand on heavy-duty castors that I use for larger pieces, like chests or bedside stands. That way I can work at eye level, without bending, and I can move the piece all over my shop.”




Another inventive tip to simplify a painting project! And keeping with the re-cycling/up-cycling theme, Kathy picked up this Lazy Susan from her local Goodwill for $2.99!

Have any other ideas? What do you use to move your furniture while painting?

Feel free to drop in and visit last weeks Q-T-T here. And if YOU would like to be a contributor to the Salvaged Inspirations Quick-Tip-Tuesday Series, feel free to send me an email. :)

Enjoy your day,

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Park Your Furniture For a Clean Finish and Stress Free Back

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog, Painting Furniture, Quick Tip Tuesday | 4 comments

Hi Everyone!

Today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday comes from a talented furniture painter; Jennifer at Trillium Park Designs. I recently discovered her Facebook Page, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work in the near future.

Jennifer’s Tip ~ When painting a project, park your furniture on gallon paint cans to give your piece some height. Add squares of wax paper atop each can to keep those pesky bits of dirt out of your beautiful fresh paint job!




Thanks Jennifer! This is a great tip to prevent back aches and keep floor dust from ruining a flawless finish!

Have any other ideas? What do you use to raise your furniture while painting?

Feel free to drop in and visit last weeks Q-T-T here,…and, if YOU have a great tip of your own and would like to be a contributor to the Salvaged Inspirations Quick-Tip-Tuesday Series, feel free to send me an email. :)

Have the best day!

Denise x

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Share Your Quick Tips on the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday Series!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday, Random Chit-Chat | 0 comments

Hi there… hope you’re having a great day. :)

I love that Salvaged Inspirations has turned into a give and take community. A place where furniture painters and DIY’ers can drop in to gather inspiration and knowledge to help complete a project, or even start a furniture painting business.

There’s been a huge positive response to the Salvaged Inspirations Quick-Tip-Tuesday Series. Thank you everyone! I share the SI Quick-Tip-Tuesday-Series with ideas for getting a paint job completed with the least amount of effort. Saving time. Saving money. All while creating a beautiful well painted/refinished piece.


Salvaged Inspirations Quick-Tip-Tuesdays


So I’m calling out to all you amazing DIY’ers and talented furniture painters!

Do you have an original quick-tip you would like to share on Salvaged Inspirations? Short and sweet is perfect with 1 -3  large/clear photos!

If you’d like your tips to be featured on the Quick-Tip-Tuesday Series, feel free to shoot me an email at or pm me on Facebook.

Enjoy the day,

Denise x

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Interviewed For The Old Village Cryer!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business, Random Chit-Chat | 4 comments

I’m always extremely grateful and flattered when I’m asked by a blogger, writer or business, if they can share/link back to one of my published tutorials or articles.

This means I’ve created something informative and helpful, and people are relating to the way it’s being delivered. It’s exciting. And a big confidence booster too. :)

When Old Village Paints contacted me asking if they they could share portions of my “Pricing Your Painted Furniture Article”,  I was happy to oblige. However, I was completely shocked when I received a second request from Jenny, a freelance writer for Old Village Paints, asking if she could conduct a phone interview with me for their Grow your Furniture Painting Business Series.

The interview is now ‘live’. I hope you have a minute to go take a look-see here!


Capture-SI Interview


A special thanks to Jenny ~ I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.

And to you, I hope you enjoy the article. Once I get a chance to try these Old Village Paints, I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.

Enjoy the day,

Denise x

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