I’ve been painting the outside of the house (with some help from my resident hat genius). But the part I hate is cleaning the brushes afterwards so they can be used again.
I clean them for two reasons:
- I might just be able to reuse them. That sometimes – rarely – does happen.
- I can feel my Dad’s pained expression at the thought of the waste involved in using a brush just once. That’s the main reason.
Do you have those brushes wrapped in plastic bags or propped up in empty containers that once held white spirits – long evaporated? As the days and weeks and months and years pass – the brushes harden into a state that makes them worthless by the next time you come to use them.
And you think to yourself, who was I kidding? I should have chucked them in the bin back then, instead of having them cluttering up the place.
But throwing a perfectly good, albeit painty, paintbrush away just doesn’t seem right. Sometime during the period between you storing it and then retrieving it, the morality shifts. But when exactly it becomes OK to bin it, is hard to pin down.
So the charade is repeated.
But what if there was an alternative Continue reading