Articles by DIY Maven


To Faux or Not to Faux: Which is Better?

The owners of this kitchen saved big bucks giving their old kitchen cabinets a faux finish. The new treatment gives the cabs a whole new feel to be sure, but I kinda liked the old feel better. How about you? Do you take to the darker color? And just so the rest of the kitchen […]

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How to: Dye Clear Glass ANY Color (A New Technique)

Update: We’ve tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here! Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the […]

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How to Antique Paper

I saw Martha “antique” paper a few years ago, and although I don’t remember her technique, I do remember that it was complicated. I played around with the general idea, though, and came up with an easy way to get the same aged look. Supplies You’ll Need for Aging Paper A piece of paper you […]

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The Best Neutral Paint Color….?

Several years ago I had the displeasure of babysitting model homes. You know the drill. ‘Welcome to (insert name of development here). This is the (insert name of the home plan here).’ After six hour days of the same spiel over and over and over, I started to lose it. I had to find ways to […]

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How (and why) to Freeze Your Paint Brushes

Like it or not, most painting projects require more than one coat of paint. Whether it takes place over one or more days, we’re still faced with cleaning our brushes between coats. To make this task less taxing, turn to your freezer. As anybody who has cleaned latex paint from a paintbrush knows, the majority […]

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How to paint an indoor/outdoor rug.

All home improvement stores sell big indoor/outdoor rugs. They’re cheap and they’re not attractive–dare I say ugly? Well, here’s a way to make one of those utilitarian things look fabulous. What you need: One indoor/outdoor rug. Mine is an Ozite, 6′ x 8′ rug in bark. It cost 12 bucks and I had a 2 […]

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