How-To: Spraypainted Wall Art.

Krylon.com offers a great DIY project featuring some of their less Crayolaish colors. A bit of tape, some actual leafs to stencil, and the result? A very fine natural modern print with a bit of glam.

http://www.krylon.com/images/projects/xlarge/LeavesWallArt.jpg

Materials:

Materials

  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Gloss White 
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Semi-Gloss Black 
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Ivy Leaf 
  • Krylon Brushed Metallic – Satin Nickel
  • Krylon Webbing Spray – Gold Chiffon
  • 2 Canvases 22″ by 28″ with wrapped edges
  • 3 Leaf images

General Supplies

  • Blue painters masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Paper towels
  • Latex gloves

Check out the full how-to here. Continue Reading

Eco Friendly Alternative: Reface Laminate Countertops

created at: 2009-08-28

Ugly laminate countertops can make us do crazy things, like trying to paint them. I’ve never really tried it but the thought has crossed my mind. Take a look at this resurfacing system that was developed in Canada and is being sold by ecocountertopsUSA, Canada and Australia.

created at: 2009-08-28

For a fraction of the cost of ripping out old laminate and replacing it with granite or a solid surface material, a trained technician will apply the water based, toxin free, low odor, environmentally friendly fresh surface in 4-5 hours. Continue Reading

Pocket Guide to Wallpaper Removal

created on: 09/19/08

Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I’ve ever undertaken.  During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but……

 “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Michael Corleone, Godfather III

I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall.  No, no, no!! I won’t do it. 

If you can’t resist the urge and you need to remove old paper, here’s a condensed guide to explain what you’ll be up against, but you need to see this ugly job and, this not me. Continue Reading

DIY: Not Knotty Pine Anymore

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 to it, helped me feel really proud of the job I did and that unbeatable feeling of accomplishment.  Continue Reading

Thirteen Remarkable Uses for No-Stick Cooking Spray.

No-stick cooking spray reduces calories, sticking, and scrubbing. Apparently, it can also ease at least thirteen other areas of your life.

  1. Reduce grime and bulidup on your vehicle wheels
  2. Brighten and shine your automobiles grill, and prevent bugs from sticking
  3. Lubricate your keys to open a stuck lock
  4. Prevent your mailbox from freezing
  5. Stop wax from sticking to candlesticks
  6. Remove soap scum
  7. Spray a putty knife before scraping to ease clean up
  8. Stop a squeeky door hinge
  9. Lube a problematic bike chain
  10. Speed up drying of nail polish with a quick spray
  11. Keep grass from sticking to lawnmower blades
  12. Prevent sticking when shoveling and blowing snow
  13. Ease cleanup on your box grater when shredding cheese