The Best Neutral Paint Color....?

by DIY Maven

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 entertain myself, so I began keeping a running total in my head as to how many people had complementary remarks about the furniture, the cabinetry, the flo...

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How To: Make a Paint By Numbers Cactus Pillow

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Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Wednesday: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Today: A Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow. To be honest, I vacillated over highlighting this project. That's because the original maker, Lindsay, used a service that provided

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How (and why) to Freeze Your Paint Brushes

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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 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...

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How to paint an indoor/outdoor rug.

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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 dollar rebate. If this size is too big, you can cut them down with a scissors to any size or shape you desire–probably even puzzle pieces...

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My Favorite Toxin, or How to Get Paint to Stick to Glossy Surfaces

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My Favorite Toxin, or How to Get Paint to Stick to Glossy Surfaces

Anyone who has tried to get paint to stick to a glossy surface knows what a pain in the neck it is. You can sand the surface, which adds to your frustration, mess and muscle aches, but I’d suggest using Wilson Imperial’s Wil-Bond instead. With it, you’ll be able to tone down that glossy disco sheen with a nice eggshell and even get paint to stick to vinyl.

The directions are simple: Saturate a rag with the stuff and wipe down your...

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How to Make Paper Roses

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How to make paper roses | paper flowers tutorial
Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.      

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Halloween Movie Night: What You Should Stream This Weekend To Get Into The Spooky Spirit

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Popcorn
Photo: Food, Life, Design

Since cutting the ties with cable/satellite several years ago, we've become devotes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. (Yes, all three.) It's gotten so bad good that on the rare occasions when we do watch something on regular TV, the hubs invariably offers an aggrieved huff having to suffer through commercials. Although, considering

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