I was in a rush for painting a hallway today, and this means a lot of doors, belonging to 3 bedrooms and a bath.
Lots of door casings to cut in, and in a short distance of wall space, and my day also began with a late start.
That’s when I looked and could not find a clean bucket to get started with. My only cut bucket was all dirty with drywall mud from yesterday’s patching and crack repairs. half hardened, it would take too long to get it clean so I had to think of a better way.
I found that a simple pair of tin snips is an indispensible tool and I never want to start another job without one.
I poured the majority of a gallon of Super Paint into my 18″ tray just like any other day.
Then, I grabbed my snips and made 2 cuts down one side of the gallon can,
just a little farther apart than the width of my brush
Next, I bent the tab of metal outwards, in order to cut the length, about halfway off.
Now use a pair of pliers to bend the tab back to the inside, be careful, this is sharp metal edges and we do not want any mishaps.
I used two magnets underneath the metal tab and one magnet on the top surface, sandwiching the metal tab, which is now, a shelf for my brush.
The double-strength of the magnets underneath keeps the top magnet from sticking to the brush when you lift it up.
And by using ‘rare earth’ ring magnets, I had enough power to keep the brush right where I put it.
See the following photos, if you look close enough, you can see the shiny, nickle-coated ring magnet between the brush and the can. These magnets are officially called “Neodynium.” or, “NIB”Happy cutting to you!