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Paint a Room Without Making a Mess!

Sign up today for FREE and become part of The Family Handyman community of DIYers. Cramped working conditions lead to messy accidents. Remove furniture or stack it up. Set upholstered chairs upside down on the sofa. Cover the dining room tabletop with cardboard and set chairs on top of it. But make...
  • Dawn Schwartz

    Painting Tip: Glad Pressn Seal plastic wrap (available at discount stores) goes on fast and stays right where you put it. Paint can seep under the edges, though, so its no substitute for masking tape in spots where you need a sharp edge.

  • Dilia Simmons

    Press and seal wrap instead of taping everything. Brilliant! There are lots more great painting tips on this site as well... Very good Ideas !! A must see

  • Tricia Petchonka

    Press'n Seal plastic wrap instead of painters tape. (and other mess-free painting tips)

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Prevent overspray use a cardboard box, Cut a hole in the top of box. Cover the opening w/ plastic wrap & position a shop light above to illuminate your project. use coat hangers, poked through the cardboard, to hold & rotate the objects as you’re painting them. Not only will your shop be neater, but your paint projects will now be thumbprint free.

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You can make your own handled paint tray out of a milk gallon jug. The opening works perfectly to hold your paint brush too- BONUS!