Minimalism: Painting 101

paint brushAs I shared in a previous post, I have been on a journey toward finding minimalism in my life. While minimalism often brings with it some challenging concepts – such as reducing possessions and evaluating priorities – I believe we can also experience some fun on this new journey. One example for me is a current painting project I have taken on. This project will refresh some key space, save the cost of replacement, and help me reduce the amount of items I have stored. All of these are positive steps toward minimalism. Project pictures likely to come later! For now, here are some timely tips I learned from the amateur painting-slash-minimalism project I am currently tackling. You will never hear these tips from a professional, but I thought they might come in handy if you are a painter like me.

Tip #1: If you own a pet with hair of any kind, you will get pet hair imbedded in paint on the object you are painting. In spite of your best efforts, that pet hair -long or short, light or dark – will get stuck to something, and you won’t be able to get it off. Ever. But don’t worry – only you will know where that pet hair is stuck. It can be your little secret – unless, of course, you decide to point it out to your family or visiting relatives, in which case they will remind you about it for generations to come.

Tip #2: If you don’t take your Instant Pot out of the cupboard, you will get paint on it. I know you won’t PLAN to get paint on your Instant Pot. I know it seems like there is plenty of space between your paint brush and your favorite appliance. But trust me on this one. Take your Instant Pot out of the cupboard. Now.

Tip #3: If you get a fuzzy on your paint brush, it will never go away. You may think you got rid of it after you scraped the brush on the edge of the paint can ten times or wiped the paint brush clean with a wet paper towel. But no, it is still there – hiding between the soft bristles of your brush, waiting to pop out at just the right moment when you are painting that big space everyone will see. And after it jumps out and plants itself on this focal point, you will spend the next 15 minutes trying to pick it off, at which point you will have messed up your paint job so badly you will have to start that section over.

Tip #4: If you hit a slump in the middle of your painting project, don’t despair. There is hope. It is found in your freezer. It looks like an ice cream container and it is labeled with the words “Chocolate Peanut Butter Supreme.” Take it out of the freezer – you need it. Then grab a spoon – a large spoon – out of the drawer and go sit on the couch for twenty minutes. Take the lid off the container and proceed to scoop out the ice cream. Keep eating it until you find your way to the peanut butter swirls buried deep in the middle. Peanut butter is protein. Protein is energy. You need energy – in large quantities. After you have smoothed over the edges so no one will notice how much you ate, return it to the freezer. Now you are ready to tackle the rest of your painting job!

I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they have been to me. And here’s to more fun on the journey toward finding minimalism!


About Deb Ashley

At home, Deb is the wife of Mark and mom of three adult children. She enjoys cooking, taking care of a small but somewhat productive garden, feeding the local community of birds and other assorted critters, and taking naps with her dog Mandy. Her passions include teaching, writing and music. In the community, Deb enjoys working alongside her husband in his role as a pastor. She is involved in teaching and encouraging women from all walks of life through book studies, counseling, and speaking opportunities.
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2 Responses to Minimalism: Painting 101

  1. Andrew and Barbara says:

    Hi Debbie!

    This made me laugh 😊. Thanks for sharing your frustrations in an upbeat way.

    Barbara P.


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