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Paint Tray Liner in a Pinch

I’m not quite as organized or on-top-of-things and one might hope.

I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock of this revelation.

My  lack of long-term planning often leads to last minute realizations that I don’t have Item X that is needed to finish (or start) a project.  Usually I overcome the problem by cursing a lot which, of course, magically makes the issue go away……

But sometimes cursing doesn’t work so I have to get creative.

I was always finding myself ready to get going on some quickie painting job and then realizing that “crap!” I was out of paint tray liners.

For a while I used tin foil which works just fine but seemed kind of wasteful (and of course lead to the inevitable getting ready to actually cook something and realizing that “crap!  I’m out of tinfoil).

But I was saved from a life of frustration (and burned pan scrubbing) when I realized that plastic grocery bags work beautifully in a pinch.

Just slide them over the trayQuick Cheap Paint Tray Liner in a pinch

Wrap the handles of the bag around the “feet” of the tray to keep it in placePainting Tip

Voila!  Instant, affordable paint tray liner.Shopping Bag as Paint Tray Liner

Of course, now I try to use canvas bags when I go shopping so my back-up supply of plastic bags is dwindling…..

I don’t think I’m the first to realize this and I imagine many of you are thinking “thanks David – we appreciate your insights.  Did you know we are also aware sliced bread, the wheel and fire?” but you never know so I thought I’d pass it along.

NOTE:  The OSH Company makes a fine plastic bag which I’ve used in these pictures.  However, some companies use a cheaper ink for the logo on the bag and I’ve discovered it will sometimes flake off or run in the paint so I usually make a point to turn the bag inside out before using it.

And thus ends Tips from David for this week.



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.

12 responses »

  1. Ok, this makes me sound like an idiot, but I’ve never heard (or thought of!) lining the paint tray! Man, this changes everything.. Clean up would be a breeze!

    Where I live plastic bags have been totally banned though, so I’ll probably have to spring for the liners…..

  2. David, I can see it now. All your loyal fans start mailing you plastic bags so you don’t run out.hahaha Thanks for the tip!

  3. I knew about using plastic bags BUT I didn’t know about turning them inside out so you don’t get ink flakes in your paint. See…you did do a good job today:) I always love reading your blog with your thoughts and insights.

  4. Excellent idea!!! I despise having to constantly clean out the paint trays, but didn’t want to spend money on the liners. Thank you for a perfect (and cheap!) solution!!!

  5. I love this idea!! Thanks for the hot tip!! What liners suck at is being easy to dispose, but this is perfect since it looks like the bag could be slipped off and you can tie the bag up with the paint inside!! I’m in OC and we still get free plastic bags. So, if you are willing to shop over on the dark side you can stock up!! 😉

  6. great idea!

    Store leftover paint in a thoroughly washed mayo jar or wide-mouth canning jar that you’re not going to use for food, use a square of plastic wrap over the opening to help seal the paint, and screw on the lid. You’ll always know what color it is (can still label the lid) and it’s easy to put a paint brush in for touchups in the future.

  7. I’m still taking a moment to recover from the shock of your revelation….


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