Painter Tips --To soften hard paintbrushes: Put them in HOT vinegar for a few minutes. Then wash the brush in soap and warm water and set out to dry.
--Paint storage: Store partially full cans of paint upside down! The paint will form an airtight seal, extending its useful life.
--Straining dirty paint: If your paint appears lumpy or contains debris, stretch a pair of panty hose over the top of a clean bucket and strain the paint by pouring it through the hose. (Good ole panty hose to the rescue again! It's becoming almost as versatile as baking soda or vinegar!)