The winner: When using latex paint, the brush can be kept soft between coats if it is wrapped tightly in a Charlotte Observer plastic sleeve. It will also last overnight if then placed with a wet cloth wrapped around the sleeve and brush and placed in the refrigerator. No need to clean the brush between coats. Charles R. Kern, Charlotte
Rack organizes cutting boards
I have several different cutting boards, which I use a lot. Previously they were kept in a drawer, which was inconvenient. At a dollar store, I bought a couple of simple, inexpensive plate racks with room for several boards. They now sit on my counter, making them both handy and decorative.
Patti Tryson, Sherrills Ford
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New use for old World Books
I make good use of our 1970s World Book Encyclopedias. When I have a sewing project that requires cutting out several garments or costumes, I make four stacks of books 7 1/2 inches tall and slide a stack under each of the legs of my dining room table. I add a cardboard cutting board on the top of the table to protect it. I can cut fabric without having to bend over the table and hurt my back. The same books go under the legs of a card table to make it a convenient height to serve as a Christmas present wrapping station. Frances F. Pollock, Charlotte
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