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Feeling Clingy – Terrific Tip for Painting Small Items

As many of you know from his lazy susan projects my father is a skilled woodworker.

A couple of years ago he gave me a gift subscription to Wood Magazine which is filled with fine craftsman making beautiful pieces.

I imagine he hoped that this would help me stop hacking away like some kind of crazed, wood serial killer and develop the patience, finesse and skills to become a true craftsman.

He is wrong of course.

But!  I totally appreciate his aspirational view of me and thoroughly enjoy the magazine.  I read it from cover to cover, admire the amazing things people make and fantasize about, one day, making a gate legged table from scratch (which my father actually  did a couple of years ago….  Showoff…).

So, when the recent  issue arrived I settled in for my monthly journey of admiration, jealousy and inadequateness when suddenly I was confronted with a genius tip that even I can do!

In my work I do a fair amount of painting using either my sprayer or just spray paint.  Often though, the pieces are small and light and it’s a challenge to hold them in place against the air flow of the spray.

But check this out!

You can use Glad Press -n – Seal to hold those tiny pieces in place!

Even though I don’t have a current project to do this with I had to check it out.

Happily I have a seldom-used box of Press’n Seal  that someone left behind at a party (which I realize makes it sound like a very strange party but I assure you it was just a regular, pot-luck affair)So I laid out a piece and gathered some random, small, objects – two wood rosettes, a very delicate piece of trim, one of those plugs you use to cover up screw holes and one tiny piece of very light balsa wood (which didn’t make the picture) – and pressing lightly,  stuck them down.

I’m happy to say that they didn’t move at all when blasted with spray paint

And, best of all, the Press-n-Seal leaves no residue when you peel them away from it!

This is going to make life much easier.

So thanks Dad! and thanks Wood Magazine! And thanks random, forgetful, party guest!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

7 responses »

  1. David, that is really a useful idea. I do not work with wood, but with paper and I intend to try it.

  2. What a great tip!! I love to paint, I know this will be great! Hope you will ‘buzz’ over and see what we have on our blog.
    Thanks again for the great idea!
    Chloe & Kinzie

  3. I’d been wondering where I left that box of Press n Seal! If you haven’t used them all, can I have it back?

  4. Oh my goodness! This press and seal idea is fantastic. DO you know how many times I’ve HELD little things, with my HANDS, while spray painting? So many times. My hands look horrific. This is another genius tip, thank you so much. I shared it with my readers today as part of this soda can light tutorial I was posting, sent them all here for the details on the press n seal situaion. Thanks for sharing!


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