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!
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.
But 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!
Other ‘Use Whatcha Got’ Ideas
- Make A Cute Porch Lantern
- Assuring Safety Around An Underground Cistern
- Repurposing An Empty Parmesan Cheese Container – BRILLIANT!
- MYO Simple Craft Paintbrush In A Pinch
- Replacing Our Bedside Clock/Radio
- Predator Guard For Our Martin House
- Trick Birds Away From Garden Strawberries
- Protecting Tender Seedlings
- Safer Straight-Pin Storage
- Tame Electrical Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- MYO Chalkboard Labels
- Keeping Boots Stored Neatly