How-to: Plotting the Knotty Pine Demise

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/31/08

I did it! A brain dump of everything necessary to complete this project in the most efficient and successful manner gave way to a tidy little To Do list.  This morning I did my research on paint sprayer rental vs. paint sprayer purchase and the decision to purchase won.  The promise of a $50.00 rebate on a $199.00 sprayer enticed me to buy instead of borrow.  I may bemoan this decision, but I knew I would have to rent a sprayer for at least two...

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How-to: Plotting the Knotty Pine Demise

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/31/08

I did it! A brain dump of everything necessary to complete this project in the most efficient and successful manner gave way to a tidy little To Do list.  This morning I did my research on paint sprayer rental vs. paint sprayer purchase and the decision to purchase won.  The promise of a $50.00 rebate on a $199.00 sprayer enticed me to buy instead of borrow.  I may bemoan this decision, but I knew I would have to rent a sprayer for at least two...

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Fabric-Free Quilting–Or Making Patterned Fabric with Paint

by DIY Maven

In my ongoing effort to create patterns in fabric that combine the unlikely partnering of caramel and white, my attention turned to quilting. But not in the traditional sense. I saw this idea on All People Quilt and thought, of course! My inspiration was a decor fabric that I found at the store that had combined celery green, yellow ochre (which looks like a dark caramel) and robin’s egg blue in its pattern. Robin’s egg blue? Yup. But, sadly, no...

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Has anyone ever painted over wallpaper?

by DIY Maven

Has anyone ever painted over wallpaper?

This weekend I was watching one of my favorite home make over shows–Sell this House–and my girl-crush Tanya Memme was explaining how they were going to paint over wallpaper because it had been applied to the wallboard without the wallboard being primed or painted. If they had attempted to remove the wallpaper, the paper from the Sheetrock below would have come off too. After they had painted it, the walls looked good; but, of course, this was...

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Curbly Artist Profile: Meet Melsky

by DIY Maven

Artist and Curbly member Melsky (which is a combination of her first and last name) describes her acrylic on paper creations as eclectic, whimsical, abstract and colorful. An aggressive use of adjectives to be sure, but they’re necessary to describe her unique and vibrant images. Here, in Curbly’s first artist profile, I pose some questions to Melsky in an effort to get to know her and her work a little bit better.

Melsky and her art

You used to be a ceramic...

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

by DIY Maven

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Take a look at Amy’s cabinets. She’s posted the entire process over on day-lab diy. Sure, it was a lot of work, but if you follow her steps, you could get the same fantastic results. This is the Cliffs Notes version of what she did:

  1. She removed all the doors from the cabinets.
  2. Then Amy removed all the hardware. 
  3. She sanded the glossy finish off the cabinets and doors with 220 grit sandpaper. 
  4. Next she cleaned all the parts with tack cloth. (Note...

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Inspiration Galore

by DIY Maven

Inspiration Galore

Paint purveyor Rustoleum has a fabulous ‘Inspiration’ feature on its website. It includes indoor, outdoor and seasonal project ideas. Each project picture includes icons which are linked to the individual Rustoleum product used to create the look. So, not only are the pictures inspirational, they’re also instructive. Sweet.

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How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

by DIY Maven

How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

If you’re looking to get that distressed, painted a few times Shabby Chic look, here’s a fun and easy way to accomplish it.

Supplies

Two colors of latex paint. One will be your peek-a-boo, underneath color and the other will be your primary color.

Vaseline, but a light-colored candle will work too.

Steel wool.

Water-based polyurethane, if the piece will get wear.

Steps

First sand your piece, if necessary, and then put on a few coats of...

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How (and why) to Freeze Your Paint Brushes

by DIY Maven

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 of the paint comes out in the first five or ten seconds. It’s the next ten to fifteen minutes that are devoted to getting the brush squeaky...

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Faux Finishing School

by DIY Maven

Faux Finishing School

I’m not big on faux finishes. They look good only if done right, and because I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to do them justice, I’ve stayed away. But when I ran across The Faux Finish School website, hope sprung like a tulip in springtime. Now this was an idea I could get behind! A school that could teach me how to turn my home into an Italian Villa–with nothing but paint! Oh joy!

Happiness was short-lived, however, as this particular faux...

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How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Construction Continues

by DIY Maven

As we covered approximately 2000 feet of molding and 20 six-panel composite doors, it was was necessary to employ several tricks to keep our sanity.

Painting Tips That May Prevent Insanity

 

Since we had removed the baseboard moldings where we were going to install the hardwood floor, we were able to paint the walls with little taping. Before re-installing the unpainted moldings, we cut 6 inch strips of poly sheeting and tucked that...

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