Credit: WikimediaAluminium foil is one of the most versatile household products on the market, and also one of the cheapest. It is freely available in almost any supermarket, and comes in a range of thicknesses, lengths and widths. Originally created with the primary use of wrapping excess food you wished to store, as well as protecting food in the oven or on the barbeque, aluminium foil has now become the must-have product for home DIY!
Keep Your Paintbrush Wet
If you are planning on doing household painting over successive days, why waste time cleaning all your brushes, just for them to get dirtied up again? Rather squeeze all excess paint out the brush or roller, and then wrap them tightly in aluminium foil. This should allow the painting implement to remain moist for a few days, meaning all you need to do is unwrap and start painting.
Should you plan to take a break for a slightly longer period of time, your paintbrush covered in aluminium foil can be placed in the freezer. Just remember to allow it to defrost overnight before attempting to paint again!
Keep Paint Off Doorknobs
Painting of doors can be quite a laborious process, especially when you factor in the time spent removing and reinstalling doorknobs. If you decide to take the risk and just paint around them, chances are that you will end up with paint on the doorknob, and now you have the added hassle of cleaning them on top of removing them!
Wrap the doorknob in foil, ensuring that it is completely covered. Allow the foil to overlap onto the door, tucking it in as tightly as you can around the base of the doorknob. Then get a craft or utility knife and run it around the base to cut off any excess foil. With the foil in place, you will now be able to paint right around the doorknob.
Not only can you wrap the doorknobs of doors you are going to paint, but should there be other closed doors en-route to where you will clean your paint brushes and hands, consider wrapping them too.
Line Your Paint Roller Trays
The cleaning out of paint roller trays can be a very messy affair, in fact many people would rather just throw the tray away than attempt to clean it. Aluminium foil to the rescue again! Simply line the paint tray with extra-thick foil before pouring the paint in, and dip your paint roller in as normal. When you are finished painting, drain all the excess paint out, fold the foil into itself to prevent any drips, and dump in the bin!
Prevent Paint From Forming a Skin
After opening up a half-used can of paint, more than likely you will discover the surface of the paint is covered with a skin of dry paint on the surface. Mixing it in is not an option, leaving you with the very messy prospect of getting it out and in the trash before you can start painting.
As with most unpleasant things in life, prevention is better than cure! Next time you are about to seal up a half-used can, place the can on top of a sheet of aluminium foil and cut around the edge of the can with a utility knife. You should now have a piece of foil that fits perfectly onto the paint and creates an artificial 'skin'. Place the lid on tightly as normal, and place upright in a cool, dark storage space. Next time you wish to use that color paint, crack open the lid and simply peel off the foil 'skin'. With a quick stir, your paint is ready to be applied to the walls.
Make a Funnel
Murphy's Law dictates that the one time you urgently need a funnel, said funnel has done a disappearing act. Instead of rushing off to the neighbours to borrow, or even attempting to fashion one out of old cooldrink bottles, first try making one from heavy-duty aluminium foil. Double up a piece to make it extra thick, and then roll it into the shape of a cone. The funnel is extremely versatile, allowing you to bend and twist the end to get into hard to reach holes.
Just remember to have enough overlay so if you are using the funnel with liquids, there will be no leakage.
Reattach a Vinyl Floor Tile
Reattaching vinyl floor tiles is much easier than you would think - with your trusty aluminium foil. No need for messy glues, all you need to do is re-position the floor tile in its original place, and cover it with a sheet of foil. Get a hot iron, making sure the steam function is turned off, and iron over the foil a few times. The glue on the base of the tile will start to melt, starting the process of reattachment. Finish off the process by covering the newly attached tile with a pile of books to weigh it down, and allow to set firmly overnight. The weight of the books will flatten any air-bubbles, and ensure good contact between the tile and the floor. Remove your library the next morning, and voilà! Your floor looks as good as new!
Create an Artist's Palette
For household arts, crafts or home DIY, sometimes you need to mix a few paint colors together to create your perfect shade. It is not necessary to go out and purchase a palette - rather get creative! Cut out a piece of thick cardboard in the shape of a palette (many free templates are available online), remembering to put in the all-important thumb hole. Cover the cardboard palette in foil, taking care to ensure all areas that you will be mixing on are covered properly. The best part about this palette is that when you are done you just peel off the aluminium foil, turf it in the trash can, and put your cardboard palette away until the next time you decide to get creative!