If you have children, then you have seen the movie Frozen at least 17 times by now. If you are like me then you don’t mind. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at least three different times in the movie theater the first time we saw it. Since then our home has been inundated with Elsa & Anna. I’m still not sure why Elsa seems to get all the attention, however, when Anna is the sister that saves the day. I myself am a younger sister, you can tell?


A few weeks ago a reader asked about what to do if her paint brush had a ton of paint left on it but she was done for the day. I told her what I do – wash it anyway. Some of you, however, suggested something much more interesting & cost effective. Freeze it. I was told that one could put the paint brush in a baggie and put it in the freezer until the next time they are ready to use it. I guess the idea is that once it thaws it will be wet and ready to use with the excess paint.


Sounds clever to me! Let me know if it works for you all. If you happen to forget or don’t have a baggie or don’t have the energy to do this extra step. It’s okay. Wash you brush as you normally would and “let it go.”

(harr, harr)



  1. I’ve been doing this for years, with latex and (especially) oil too. Have never had an issue post thaw! I do, however, use multiple layers of plastic wrap rather than a Baggie, so less air gets to it!

  2. Shannon Bailey says:

    I have heard of putting it in the refrigerator and have done that before when stopping for the day and starting up again the next day, but have never heard of putting it in the freezer. Perhaps this is for more long term storage…?

  3. HI! I have frozen paint and rollers over several days and it works great. I am just careful to let them thaw out completely and rinse them. I have not done this with oils, and probably won’t

  4. For years I have helped my family with a professional interior/exterior paint business and we have always placed the roller pans with rollers & brushes wrapped in baggies in the refrigerator during breaks or lunch (or overnight). And, while I’ve painted my own house (three of them) I have continued with that practice.

  5. This works particularly well with chalk paint. If I’m going to take a break between coats, maybe a few hours, I’ll wrap the brush in a plastic bag and store it in the fridge. No defrosting necessary. If I’m going to take a break over night, then it goes in the freezer. Break for more than a day, wash it out.

  6. Elizabeth L says:

    I’ve left mine wrapped in saran wrap for up to a week in the fridge and its been fine- chalk paint or latex! I do it all the time!

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