When it comes to thrift store finds, painting can be a fantastic way to totally transform something old into something new. That being said, too much paint can be a bad thing. Sometimes the most refreshing way to refinish a solid piece of wood furniture is to totally strip it naked and start fresh. That's how I felt about this chair (and its amazing technicolored dream-coats of old paint). Thankfully, it wasn't a ton of work to remove paint from the entire thing. Here's how:
Some might say I'm a bit of a neat-freak, but if you ask me, I'm just an average gal who prefers a clean home. While I cherish my tidy place, I don't enjoy the act of cleaning nearly as much. I'm always on the hunt for products and tools that will make housekeeping an easier and faster job. Let me tell you what, guys: this is it. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic about cleaning, I have to say: I'm in love with this Dremel Versa.
If you live in a small space, it can be tough to find a spot for a Christmas tree. In my urban apartment, it's impossible to display one, let alone make space to store it the other eleven months of the year. But this year, I was determined to find a small tabletop solution, and while I was at the craft store, it hit me: a reusable dowel rod tree that could be folded up and easily packed away flat. So, I grabbed my Dremel tools, and I was off.
I love tools that do double-duty. This week, we're giving away a Dremel Moto-Saw; a handheld or bench-mounted precision scroll-saw/coping-saw! It's perfect for all sorts of detailed craft and woodworking projects, like this cool bathroom towel tree we posted about last week (keep reading to find out how to enter to win):
This month, we’re happy to partner with DremelWeekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to...
We’re happy to partner with DremelWeekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for all skill levels. New projects weekly, ranging from outdoor movie screens to built-in shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.
Y'know what's fun? When you step out of the shower to find that your favorite towel is missing. Or even better, that all the towels are missing! Everyone...
We’re happy to partner with Dremel’ Weekends, a new DIY project website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for every skill level. Projects range from Outdoor Movie Screens to Built-In Shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.
Sick of air-conditioning-induced bloody noses? Having strange nightmares about Property Brothers episodes? Dudes. I know the heat is on, but it's time to get off...
We’re happy to partner with Dremel Weekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for all skill levels. New projects weekly, ranging from Outdoor Movie Screens to Built-In Shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.
What sort of outdoor projects do you have planned for the summer? Our vote is to create something both beautiful and functional, like this living wall that'll freshen up any outdoor oasis, whether a small urban patio or a spacious backyard.
This week, Curbly is giving away a Dremel Multimax oscillating tool kit, so we thought we'd try one out and share our thoughts. I've had a Dremel rotary tool for years, and even though I have a whole basement full of big, fancy power tools, I still reach for my Dremel for all sorts of tasks. So, I was excited to try out Dremel's new offering, the Multi-Max. Whereas the original Dremel is a high-speed rotary tool, meaning it spins around at 12,000 RPM, the Multi-Max is an oscillating motor that vibrates back and forth really fast, sorta like the machines that doctors use to cut away plaster casts.
On first opening the case, I was pleasantly surprised that the machine is cordless, and includes two lithium-ion batteries and a charger. The basic kit includes three attachments: a hook-and-loop sanding pad, a flush cutting bit, and a wood/drywall blade. They attach with a nine-hole sprocket and a washer/bolt combo that is tightened with an included hex-key.
First, I tried the sanding pad and the multiple grit papers. The pad is triangular shaped, which allows it to get inside tight corners where a random-orbit sander cannot. I also love that the vibration is relatively minimal, allow your to precision sand small parts that would get rounded or diveted by a random-orbit sander, and keep your fingers safer than when using a belt or disc sander.
Next, I tried the round wood/drywall blade. It leaves a very small kerf and produces little sawdust. It cut well enough into softwood, but got pretty bogged down by harder woods, such as the walnut and Brazilian cherry I tested it in. This would work well when you need to cut with more precision, such as into a baseboard or when making a hole in the wall for a light switch or outlet, where a reciprocating saw would vibrate too much and produce a rougher cut.
Then, I test the flush cut blade. A flush cut is when you try to cut away a hole or a space in the middle of a workpiece. This is difficult to do with other tools other than a jigsaw, which requires a pilot hole, or a plunge router, which would require a complex fence and guide system to make an square cut.
A practical application might be cutting a slot in a door jamb for a new knob system, or to make room for a new floor. The cut worked, but was extremely slow. It took me more than ten minutes to complete this small square.
Overall, it's clear that the Multi-Max is aimed at the homeowner who takes on the occasional home improvement project. It's not powerful enough to replace any dedicated tools, but is a great value for the diversity of cuts and many accessories available. I was most impressed by the sanding capabilities, as there, it can do things that other power sander cannot. The cutting capabilities are adequate, but only for specific and occasional use on wood. You can't build a piece of furniture with it, or even create a single joint in any reasonable amount of time, but for making specific, clean and detailed cuts for an occasional home improvement project, it does exactly what it promises. I'm sure the Multi-Max would be a godsend to anyone working on siding or roof trim, particularly with the cordless capabilities.
Anyone with an interest in DIY projects would be happy to have one of these, so be sure to enter to win one this week!
Top image by Home Construction Improvement
Happy Holidays, Curbliers! We know our readers are dedicated DIYers, and always have a project in the works. Whether it's a handmade gift for a loved one, some DIY holiday decor, or a full on room remodel, we always jump at the chance to help our readers do things themselves, and do them well.
So, this week, we're happy to be giving away a Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool kit. This new product from Dremel uses a super fast side-to-side...
The banner ad for Dremel up there at the top of Curbly got me longing to pull out my underused Dremel. Now there's a tool that's full of all sorts of DIY design potential, but not fired up very often. Pumpkin carving came right to mind, and before I knew it, I was face to face with the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit.
The dremel has to be one of the most adorable power tools ever. Why then is it so difficult to figure out where to use it? All those cool attachments have to be useful for something. While I'm experimenting, check out this YouTube
These are just the tools I have right now. I'm not promoting any specific brand.
First up, Portable drill. You can't say enough about a good, heavy duty portable drill, lots of drill bits and an extra battery.