DIY: Not Knotty Pine Anymore

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/03/08

Here's a sneak peak of the Knotty Pine re-do.  Cleanup and reorganization is so tedious until you get immersed in feeling all smug and self-righteous with your tidiness and order.  There was much to be learned from this DIY undertaking.  Complete planning instead of impulsive diving in was the best move I made.  Perseverence using new equipment (the spray painter) was well worth it in time saved.  Not quite perfectionism, but pretty darn close...

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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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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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How to Paint a Stair Runner in 4 Steps

by DIY Maven

How to Paint a Stair Runner in 4 Steps

Domino has a great tutorial on how to add significant impact to a ho-hum staircase by painting a faux runner down the center of the stairs. In four steps, which include creating a well-prepared base, painting the runner, adding a border and then sealing, you’ll have a faux carpet that looks great and will be much easier to keep clean than a no-faux carpet.

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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...

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How To Hang Art.

by Chris Gardner

 

How To Hang Art.

 

Domino Magazine offers 24 tips to "curate gallery-worthy arrangements on your very own walls with these ideas for hanging art."

 (Hint: To navigate, click on the "slides" below the large photo.)

Care to show your owning arranging abilities? Post 'em here! 

[Via CribCandy

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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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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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