Homestead Hack: Easily Saving Painting Supplies

by Texas Homesteader ~

So if you Follow us on Facebook you already know that RancherMan & I are about to jump into beekeeping – we’re so excited!! Our bee boxes and supplies have been purchased & the site for our future hives has been located. And we’ve secured our first bees to be picked up in early April.

Upon reading about our setup we find that it’s best to coat the exterior of the boxes in linseed oil. Then we allow the boxes to dry and paint the exterior surfaces with oil-based paint.  RancherMan was able to get the linseed oil coating done before this week-long spring storm rainy streak came and now he’s anxious to begin painting. But he can’t get outside to complete the painting of the box exteriors. So he’s painting sections of each box in his shop and allowing each side to dry before moving to the next section.

The only thing is, this will involve short painting sessions over the course of several days. What about the cleaning of the brushes between painting sessions? Will the brushes be ruined on day 2? Day 3? Day 4? What if it takes several days before he can even resume painting?

C’mon y’all, see what we do to preserve the brushes and roller to resume painting at a later date – you’re gonna love this!

Homestead Hack: EASILY SAVING PAINTING SUPPLIES - see how we preserve brushes to resume painting at a later date - you're gonna love this! #TexasHomesteader

Y’all know how much I HATE PLASTIC in all its forms. So when the inevitable plastic comes into the house through products purchased I make sure it’s saved for further uses. At least I can get full use of the darn thing before it’s thrown away.

If Plastic DOES Come Into Our Home…

Sometimes I use plastic bags that food came in to section out single-serving portions of main dishes before placing them into a single freezer bag for the freezer when I use the Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking.

Using Plastic Bags When Painting

But today that blasted plastic bag is going to save clean water from being used to wash the brushes. Plus keeping the chemical-ridden oil-based paint from being washed away either onto the ground or into our septic system. And save the brushes/roller from being ruined and needing to be replaced for subsequent painting sessions due to dried paint crusting the surface.

Before quitting for the day we simply use as much of the paint as we can from the paint roller onto the boxes. Then we place the roller in this perfectly-sized repurposed plastic bag, secure with a twist tie and BOOM! This paint brush will be ready for action tomorrow without the paint drying on it.

Homestead Hack: EASILY SAVING PAINTING SUPPLIES - see how we preserve brushes to resume painting at a later date - you're gonna love this! #TexasHomesteaderBut if (as is often the case) plans change and he can’t get back to painting for awhile I’ve gone one step further. I’ve placed this wrapped paint roller into our chest freezer. When he’s ready to paint we just bring out the roller, give it a few minutes to thaw and BOOM! He can pick up right where he left off!


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9 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Easily Saving Painting Supplies

  1. Ken

    Great tips regarding the brushes and rollers. Thanks, I will use them. But please be careful with bees. Fellow down the road, looooong time beekeeper, got stung and had some sort of reaction. Killed him on the spot. From the southern side of our county, regards.

  2. Connie

    I hate plastic, too, but not as much as I hate styrofoam . . . two nasty things to do to our planet.
    I’ve used that idea with the paint roller or brush and it works wonderfully. I do reuse my plastic grocery sacks by always having a couple in my pocket when I walk my dog.
    Have a lovely day.
    Connie 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Even though I haven’t accepted a plastic shopping bag since some time in the late 1990’s, they still find their way into our home via things people bring for us, etc. When they do end up here I’m sure to use them in our little bathroom-sized kitchen waste basket, at least the dang things get another use before being thrown away! I understand even through they’re sometimes accepted for recycling, the material is very difficult to recycle. ~TMH~

  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    Yup. Do the same thing here. Whole idea/process is to keep the painted brushes and rollers from being exposed to air to keep from drying out and getting hard.
    I do line my roller pan with a small garbage can / waste basket bag and makes for no washing of the roller tray. Once the paint tries on the bag, I just clean off and reuse the bag over again or instead of cleaning the dry paint off, turn bag inside out and use again.
    Was going to suggest as well by putting in the freezer but you beat me to it. :}

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      RancherMan’s giving that a try, although it did keep the tray clean I think it ended up wasting more paint than he planned since the plastic folds up when the paint roller goes over it. Maybe he should try again? I love that you’re able to still use that bag Colleen – you’re SO clever! ~TMH~

      1. ColleenB.~Texas

        I put the roller tray inside the bag; flattening the bag inside of the tray and securing the bag tightly.
        Once finished I take a pallet knife or small paint brush and scoop up what paint I can and put back into the paint can. Good thing about using a small paint brush and using up that excess paint in the tray is if you have any so called ‘touch’ up’s that need to be done once you’re finished with the roller.
        Any paint that is left; which is very little; Once it tries you can peel it off and reuse the bag over again

  4. Ilene

    That’s exactly what I do! But I use Walmart bags for my paint roller, kind of conforming one to the roller and then putting another over that. Do that with your paint brushes, too, by using a plastic sandwich bag. Slip the brush part into one corner, smooth and flat, then fold the rest of the bag snugly around. Secure it with tape or one of those elastic hair thingies, or, if you have several brushes, pack several of them (each one wrapped) together in a bigger bag and press out all the air. Otherwise sometimes you can slip the wrapped brush in with the roller somewhere. That way they don’t get separated from each other.

    Love your hacks! Good luck with your bees…


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