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Prevent painted items from sticking while drying

by: Jo

Prevent painted items from sticking while drying
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I was repainting some large wooden letters for my daughter’s new “big girl room” the other night while Chica was over. I had finished the first coat on about four of the letters and was going back to do the second coat when I noticed they had kind of stuck to the cardboard I had placed them on to dry. It was a frustrating mess and I had to spend time peeling the paper off. I looked over at Chica smirking at me and asked her if she had any tips on preventing something like this from happening. And she replied, “As a matter of fact, I do!”

Well, of course she does! Chica had the same problem when she was repainting her small nightstand for the second time. She used some simple push pins inserted in the bottom of the drawers to act as feet.

push pin legs for painting small objects

This worked perfectly for me! A few of the push pins in the back elevated the letters of the paper so they could dry, also provided me a handle to hold onto when I was painting the edges of the letters.

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11 comments so far:

  • 1
    BecCa 05/02/2008 at 1:48 pm

    Thats a GREAT Idea! LOVE IT!!! Hugs BeCca

  • 2
    Wooden Letters 10/09/2009 at 7:16 am

    Perfect! I will have to remember this the next time I’m painting. Thanks for the tip.

  • 3
    Diane 11/08/2011 at 2:55 pm

    Great tip! Hopefully I can remember this the next time I need to paint. I just finished painting a frame and could have used this tip.

  • 4
    Hadar 11/24/2011 at 2:48 pm


  • 5
    Rachelle 04/10/2012 at 9:21 pm

    Very nice! I just had this issue but now I know what to do in the future!

  • 6
    Sharon 08/24/2012 at 8:06 pm

    Used this yesterday and it was fantastic. Thanks for the great tip.

  • 7
    Angie 10/02/2012 at 12:55 am

    Perfect timing seeing this tip, I have painting to start tomorrow!! Thanks so much!! :)

  • 8
    marian 01/31/2014 at 5:45 am

    ik vindt het een super goed idee
    en dat zal zeker hier in huis gebruikt worden
    want hier staat de verfpot wel centraal hihi
    bedankt voor de tip

    gr marian

  • 9
    Chica 01/31/2014 at 7:21 am

    Thanks, Marian! Glad you enjoyed this tip.

  • 10
    Teresa 09/09/2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am going to try using push pins on a shelf that will not stay level. nothing else I have tried has helped but when I saw this post a lightbulb went on!! I am going to but them on the back of the bracket toward the bottom to help raise it until it levels out. hoping this is the answer!

  • 11
    Chica 09/13/2014 at 12:28 pm

    Great idea, Teresa! Let us know how it works out.

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