When it comes to selling your home, it’s amazing what a little paint can do. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can make the space feel brand new and attract higher offers from potential buyers. There’s only one problem, though. Painting is a major hassle. It’s exhausting, tedious, and messy! Lucky for you, we have scoured the internet to find these 6 hacks that will help ease the burden of painting. With these hacks and a few strokes of the brush, you’ll be on your way to selling your home.

Use tinfoil to save your paint trays and make clean-up a breeze

Missing a paint tray liner? Tired of going back and forth to the hardware store to get new ones? Why not use aluminum foil instead? Line your paint trays with foil for a hassle (and mess) free solution.

Keep your brushes fresh by using fabric softener

If you’re using a water-based paint, clean off your brushes using fabric softener. The fine folks at Better Homes & Gardens instruct you to, “mix up several gallons of this magic potion in a 5-gallon bucket: For every gallon of warm water, add 1/2 cup of fabric softener. The fabric softener is a surfactant—it actually makes the water wetter, so it can more easily dissolve paint. This DIY version will save you the money and trouble of heading to the store.”

Avoid paint drips with the help of a wire clothes hanger

Got some old wire hangers lying around the house? Put them to use! This awesome tip from Family Handyman shows how you can wipe away paint drips from your brush by putting a hanger across your paint can.

Use cardboard instead of drop cloths

If you’re painting because you are about to move, chances are you have a bunch of cardboard boxes laying around the house. Instead of using a drop cloth that will slide all over the place, use a flattened cardboard box to stop paint from getting on your floors. It’s more sturdy, plus, it will hug the edges of the wall better then a drop cloth.

Remove lint from your new paint roller

If you are going to spend time painting your walls, the last thing you want is for your hard work to be ruined by some lint. New paint rollers can have fuzz that will stick to your walls on first use. To avoid lint getting on your walls, try this…

Eliminate paint fumes using vanilla extract

Being stuck in a hot room, breathing in the fumes from a fresh coat of paint is not fun. What would make it more bearable is if the paint smelled like vanilla, instead of…paint. Do it Yourself Divas say to, “add a tablespoon of vanilla extract per pint of paint and mix it in REALLY well. It doesn’t affect the paint but it will get rid of the smell and you will be able to breath more easily.”

posted by Eric Rothman

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