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31 Days of Handy Home Fixes | Pretty Handy Girl

I love to paint rooms! It’s one of those meditative tasks that leaves you with instant gratification when  you are done. But, I don’t like the clean up afterwards. Several years ago I came up with an Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner that costs next to nothing!

All you need are two plastic grocery bags and two strips of painter’s tape.

Day 11: Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner

Make sure your grocery bags are clean and don’t have any holes in them. Turn the bags inside out if there is printing on them. (Sometimes the ink is water soluble and can mix with the paint.) Observe as my sister gives her best Vanna White impression and shows you how to invert that bag:

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

Slip the first bag on from the top of the tray and tape it at the bottom.

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

Slip the second bag over the bottom this time:

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

Tape the opening of the bag across the entire paint tray width.

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

You’re ready to rock and roll, errr roll and paint!

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

When you are done, carefully remove the plastic bags and throw them away. If you are pitching your roller, you can grab the roller through the bags and pitch it too.

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner | Pretty Handy Girl

No need to clean the tray (unless some paint seeped inside.) Unfortunately, you’ll probably still need to wash your paint brushes. But, if you clean your paint brushes correctly, they should last you a decade or more!

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10 replies
  1. nancy abruzzo
    nancy abruzzo says:

    I just leave the tray out to dry…if you’ve used latex paint, it will peel off completely. I’m so cheap, I even do that with the “throw-away” plastic paint tray liners. Spent too much time at the landfill to throw stuff away I can clean and re-use. Here in CA we’re hoarding our plastic bags ’cause our idiot Governor banned them.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Nancy, great idea. Do you know if this works on metal trays? I had heard that CA is going to start banning plastic bags. I know in Europe they discouraged using them by charging per plastic bag.

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      • nancy abruzzo
        nancy abruzzo says:

        Hi, Brittany…it should work on metal trays as well. Thanks for all your great tips. I work part time at the Home Depot and am in charge of store workshops. I started a facebook page: Rohnert Park Home Depot Do it Herself Workshop and have posted several of your projects over the past few months–always giving your blog credit, of course. So keep up the good work…love this month’s theme of fix-its.

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