HINT 1 – keeping your furniture art brushes fresh between coats
If you have painted the first coat on your piece and know you want to paint a second coat once that first one is dry but need to go shopping or collect the children from school etc, wrap your paint brush tightly in a piece of cling film. NO NEED TO WASH IT! This will ensure that you come back to a nice supple brush which is ready to dip straight back in your paint.
HINT 2 – reviving paint in order to waste as little as possible
If you have poured chalk paint out into a paint tray or flat dish and have more than you need for the first coat or this piece, you can cover it with cling film and when you come back, if necessary add a few drops of water to return it to the right consistency to continue using. Obviously you can’t leave it for weeks like this, but you can leave it for several hours or eve days without the paint drying out completely.
HINT 3 – keep your brushes in good nick
When you have finished a piece or have finished for the day, always leave time to clean your brushes and dishes so that you come back next time to clean brushes. No-one enjoys washing brushes but if you leave them they will be ruined. Wash brushes under warm running water until the water runs clear.
HINT 4 – dry brushes without bristles splaying
Once you have washed your brushes, wrap them in a piece of paper kitchen towel. Fold the towel from corner to corner, creating a double triangle of paper. Place your brush on the triangle with the bristles pointing to the apex, fold the apex down over the bristles and then fold the sides in and roll the brush in the towel tightly. This will ensure your brush dries without the bristles splaying.