Save Time During Naptime Painting

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I don’t know about you, but with three little kids at home, and a house that needs to be painted, my only chance to paint is during my two hours per day of naptime.

If you’re a naptime painter like me, then your time is limited. Some days, I feel like the minute I get all of the paint and supplies out, it’s time to wash out brushes and rollers because someone has pooped their pants or has decided that naptime is OVER. It’s such a drag to wash out brushes and rollers when I know I’m going to be using them every naptime for the next week.

Have little kids? This little trick shows you how to paint your entire house during naptimes.

Here’s a great tip for not having to wash your brushes and rollers between painting periods.

First, wrap them in saran wrap.

Then wrap them in tin foil.

THEN – put them in the fridge.

Have little kids? This little trick shows you how to paint your entire house during naptimes.

When you’re ready to paint again, just unwrap and you’re good to go. Your brush and roller will still be wet.

If I know it’s going to take me a week to paint a room, then this is the method I use to save time and energy on cleaning brushes.

And, in case you were wondering, this is the face Even Steven makes when I forget that I have paintbrushes in the fridge and leave them there for weeks at a time:

Have little kids? This little trick shows you how to paint your entire house during naptimes.

But no worries because even after weeks in the fridge, the brushes and rollers are still good to go. And Even Steven’s face goes back to normal eventually too.

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  1. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum

    June 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    THANK YOU for this great tip! I have been avoiding painting because of the thought of endlessly cleaning brushes. I can't wait to try it out!

  2. Erin

    June 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    My sweet hubby has always believed in this method – only, he keeps them in the fridge for YEARS at a time. No joke. (And no, they don't stay nice and fresh for that long either.) Once we got married, those brushes were the first of his "kitchen utensils" to go! 🙂

  3. Cindy D

    June 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I do this!!! It SO works! It looks weird in the fridge, but oh well!

  4. Sarah @ Hennessey House

    June 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    perfect tip! i wrap my in clear plastic wrap 🙂

  5. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff

    June 16, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Awesome tip! Please come over and link up:

  6. Lakeshore Cottage Living

    June 16, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I do this too! lol

  7. Terry

    June 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Ha ha, brilliant. This is so helpful for those projects you can't complete all at once. Thanks for sharing.

  8. abeachcottage

    June 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Carolina

    June 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Yup, totally works. I also take a small amount of "touch up" paint and put it in a small jar in the fridge (like a jam jar). That way, when I need to touch-up scuffs the kiddo has made, I can just whip it out quickly, rather than open up a giant paint can. : )

  10. [email protected]

    June 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    This is an awesome tip! I have young kids and painting is such a pain. It takes as long to get everything out and put it away as it does to paint!!! I will be using this. I am featuring this at Grab my "Featured' button.

  11. Shirley

    June 19, 2011 at 1:57 am

    What an awesome tip! Thank you! 🙂

  12. Kat @ KaydeeBunz

    June 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing..I was actually wanting to paint today but dreading the whole, "lets paint for 10 minutes then take an hour break b/c of kids" thing!!

  13. Tina

    June 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    My hubby is a painter…he simply puts an old grocery sack around his brushes or rollers. You can even slip an entire paint tray into an old plastic grocery sack to keep it moist for a couple days!

  14. Toqua's Crafts

    June 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Thank you for the great tips!
    I am here via someday Crafts.

  15. Jen @ Domesticated Nomad

    June 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

    My mom taught me this trick growing up. 🙂 I just stick brushes in freezer bags and then stick them in the fridge. It's just a tiny bit quicker.

  16. [email protected]

    July 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    you have just saved me!!!!! thank you!

  17. Tammy

    July 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    That face is hilarious! Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize they could last that long in the fridge and still be good. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  18. Chrissy

    July 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Genius idea! I will def use this tip next time I paint a room. Thank you!

  19. [email protected] Natural Nester

    July 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This is fantastic…I can't wait to try it out!

  20. ~SHANNON~

    July 28, 2011 at 2:51 am

    This is a SUPER idea! And I love your hubby's expression in the picture- too funny! Thank you so much for linking up to the Wednesday Mommy Club Linky!

    We'd love if you would put the button on your post, or in your sidebar so others can join the fun! You can find the button here:

    PS. I am your newest follower as well!

  21. Lauren

    August 24, 2011 at 3:16 am

    wait a minute, wait a minute. Doesn't your fridge smell like paint? My husband would totally freak out and have a similar expression to yours. I've been meaning to paint a wall here during nap time, so thanks for the tip!

  22. Michaela

    August 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I've been using ziploc bags & rubber bands, but I don't put ours in the fridge.

  23. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    November 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    This tip has saved me so many hours over the years. Clear plastic wrap also works as some others have mentioned. We did have a bad experience with primer though, the overwhelming smell took over the fridge. 🙁 Good luck with your next nap time paint project.

  24. Jennifer

    February 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

    this is how my husband and I painted our entire house with a newborn and a 2 year old… LOL… sleep for 2 hours, paint a wall… freeze the rollers and the brush in the freezer with a plastic bag wrapped over it and wait for for the afternoon nap, bedtime and push forward.

  25. [email protected]MakeLifeCreative

    May 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for the tip. I’m in the middle of painting my son’s room. I think he thought the walls were his canvas. *sigh*

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