Minor Sanding Without the Mess

Have you ever wondered if there's a good use for those return envelopes you get with junk mail sometimes? Have you ever avoided sanding down spackle on a wall because you didn't want to make a mess? Are you wondering how these two things are related??

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This is how the floor used to look when I sanded:

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Now, thanks to a lightly folded envelope (to keep it open) and a strip of blue painter's tape, even a project this big:

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Is no longer messy!  (ok, it isn't huge but would have made lots of dust on the couch)

Just tape the envelope to the wall and sand down the dried spackle.

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See, the mess is contained.

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And the wall is ready for new paint!

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Got any tips of your own? I'd love to hear them.

Thank you for reading,

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