Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Paint Quaility Institute sent me some more great tips for improving your home. It's all about paint!
Paint Quality Institute
HOW TO REPAINT A ROOM IN A WEEKEND:
10 TIPS TO SAVE YOU TIME (AND MONEY)
Recent surveys reveal that consumers will be doing a lot of remodeling this
year. But with the sluggish economy, many are opting for do-it-yourself
projects to squeeze the most out of their budgets. One of the most common
undertakings: interior painting.
“Nearly everyone agrees that some jobs – like reroofing or electrical work – are
best left to the pros, but most people think they can do their own painting,”
says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “And,
generally speaking, they’re right.”
Many people regard painting as a weekend project. As such,
they want to see the fruits of their labor by Sunday night. “That’s a realistic
goal, but to achieve it, you have to plan out the job and be well-organized,”
If your organizational skills leave something to be desired, Zimmer offers some
1. Get all of your furniture out of the way by moving it to the center of the
room, using plastic sliders on heavy items so you don’t have to lift them.
Cover everything with plastic, blankets, or old sheets. Then, put down
drop-cloths to protect your floors from stray droplets of paint.
2. Scrub all the surfaces you’ll be painting with a sponge and mild household
detergent solution before going to the paint store. That will give them time to
dry while you’re out shopping.
3. Making multiple trips to the paint store can consume gobs of time, so try to
do all of your shopping in just one visit. Before leaving your home, see what
painting tools and accessories you have on hand, then create a shopping list. .
. or save even more time by going to www.paintquality.com to download a helpful
4. Buy technologically-advanced top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint.
These durable paints, some of which serve double-duty as both primer and paint,
are better at hiding the color that’s underneath. As a result, you may need to
apply just a single coat – saving you not only time and effort, but money as
5. Tape the edges of the surfaces you’ll be painting to enable you to apply the
paint faster. You’ll quickly recover the time spent doing this. And taping
will make your finished paint job look a lot neater.
6. Work “top down”: paint the ceiling; then the walls; next, the windows and
trim; and, lastly, the baseboards. Following this sequence will help keep
just-painted surfaces free of paint spatter or drip marks and cut down time
spent on touch-up work.
7. When painting a ceiling or wall, start by “cutting in” a corner section with
a paintbrush, applying a 3” band of paint around the edge. This will enable you
to quickly fill in the area with a paint roller. Repeat this process in 3-foot
8. Apply the paint liberally. Trying to “stretch” your paint by applying a
thin coat is false economy: You might end up needing a second coat to
completely hide the original color.
9. Assuming that you purchased top quality 100% acrylic latex paint, your
cleanup will be a snap. Being water-based, these paints can be quickly and
easily cleaned off of brushes and rollers with plain soap and water.
10. The last time-saver when using top quality latex paint? Not having to wait
for the “paint smell” to go away. Eco-friendly latex paints have very little
odor, so you can put a freshly-painted room back into service right away.
For more tips on saving time and money when doing interior painting, Zimmer
suggests that you invest a few minutes checking out the Paint Quality Institute
website at www.paintquality.com.
Friday, August 27, 2010
“Fall” into Decorating for Autumn!
By: Andrea Evans, Owner
As summer fades out and we cross into autumn, it is time to transform your home to capture the spirit of the season by adding spice and warmth. This year, take a look at the beauty of nature’s fall wardrobe by using the all the colors of the autumn palette such as, deep reds, warm browns, pale mauves, vibrant purples, and, as always, the traditional oranges and yellows of pumpkins and other fall vegetables. Whether you are spreading gourds and pumpkins around your kitchen, bathroom, or porch; or garnishing your sofa with soft, warm blankets, you'll find that it is small touches that go a long way when decorating your home for the autumn season!
1. To bring charm to your entryway add golden, red, and orange maple leaves to a plain wheat wreath for your front door, and plant red and orange mums in outdoor planters.
2When purchasing furnishings for your living room, look for furniture that is neutral and warm in color and fabric. Gold, brown, and mocha couches work well for all seasons, especially fall. Steer clear of couches with too much design, because neutral couches can be decorated with colorful, seasonal pillows. To create a warm, cozy feel, decorate with a few wooden furniture accents that complement the couch such as a coffee table and end tables. Only use three or four pieces in your living area to avoid clutter.countryliving.com
3. Use strategic fall accessories to bring elegance to each room. Place autumn berry vines in the window sills, and autumn colored throw pillows and blankets on the couch. Colorful candles, simple pictures, and wooden pumpkins give your living space a charming feel.
4. Set your table. Using placemats, table runners, and tablecloths in rich shades of the fall palette provides an instant glow to your table, and is an inexpensive way to decorate your dining room. Create a centerpiece out of small pumpkins, Indian corn gourds, maple leaves, dried flowers, berries and seed pods. Hang berry rings on kitchen cabinets, place a basket of apples on a countertop, and embellish empty spaces with berry vines and candy corn dishes.
5. Don’t forget candles! Carve out the center of fruits and vegetables such as apples and pumpkins to create votive holders, and use larger pumpkins for pillar candle holders. Swap out your summer pillar and taper candles with fall colored pillars and tapers. Even when not lit, candles bring warmth and beauty in their season’s colors.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I don't usually look around too much at paintings and prints at the thrift store. Lately though, I've been taking a second look. A few months ago I found a great print (future post) and a few weeks ago an acrylic painting. Actually, my thrift store-partner in crime found it. I had passed it up and she came right behind me and placed it into her basket. She asked, "can you fix this for me".
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Someone sent me this email from the the Paint Quality Institute. I read through it, checked out their website and found that they had tons of great information on painting your house. The article below is strictly about painting a bathroom. I thought it contained some very useful information.
The article covers:
expense, color scheme, colors that make your room look larger, preparation, clean-up, warmth or coolness of colors, types of paint, durability and the "order" in which to paint.
INTERIOR PAINTING AN ECONOMICAL WAY TO REFRESH A TIRED-LOOKING BATHROOM
Waking up and walking into a tired-looking bathroom is
a tough way to start the day. . .which may explain why the bathroom is the most
frequently remodeled room in the home, according to recent research by the Paint
But in these trying economic times, many families either can’t afford –
or refuse to spend – the thousands of dollars it can cost for a new shower,
vanity, and tile.
What can you do if your bathroom is in need of a makeover, but your
budget won’t allow it? “Think about repainting the room,” suggests Debbie
Zimmer, spokesperson for the Institute. “For less than $100, almost any
bathroom can be refreshed and given an exciting new look.”
The fun part of painting is selecting a color scheme. Most paint retailers
have an abundance of color cards from which to choose. Your job is to pare down
the palette to the ideal color for your bathroom.
Consider whether you want your bathroom to feel warm and cozy or look cool
and sleek. Reds, oranges, and yellows tend to warm up a room, while blues and
greens make it seem cooler.
“Your preference may depend upon where you live,” says Zimmer. “Up
North, where the winters are longer, you might welcome the warm feeling created
by a golden tone, for example; but if you live where the summers are long and
hot, you might prefer a ‘cooler’ color.”
Color can also be used to enhance the perceived size of your bathroom, says
Zimmer: “Many of us wish that our bathrooms were bigger, but aren’t willing to
incur the expense of enlarging the room. Interior painting offers an
inexpensive alternative: Painting the room in a light color will make it seem
While there really is no right or wrong choice when it comes to color, that
cannot be said of the quality of paint you use in your bathroom.
“If you’re on a tight budget, you might be tempted to buy a cheap paint, but
even the best paints are still very affordable,” says Zimmer, “and there really
is no comparison when it comes to performance.”
The Paint Quality Institute recommends that consumers purchase only top
quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint for indoor projects. This type of
paint is more durable and long lasting than ordinary paint. It also is ideal
for use in bathrooms and other damp, humid areas, since it typically contains
special additives to fight off mildew.
Zimmer recommends that consumers use a glossy top quality paint in the
bathroom. “Top quality paint made with 100% acrylic in a high gloss or
semi-gloss finish has especially high mildew resistance. Plus, paints with
higher levels of gloss resist staining and are easier to clean,” she says.
If you’re still hesitant to pay a little more per gallon for a top
quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint, consider: Many of these paints
function as both primer and paint, and they have improved “hiding” capability.
So, you’ll likely need to apply just a single coat of top quality paint, while
you might need two or more with a lesser-quality coating.
Only a small amount of prep work is required before painting a bathroom.
First, clean the walls, ceiling, and woodwork by scrubbing them with a sponge
and mild detergent solution. If mildew is present, it should be removed with a
bleach solution of one part bleach to three parts water. (Note: When using a
bleach solution, or working overhead to clean the ceiling, it’s wise to wear
rubber gloves and safety glasses.)
After cleaning all the surfaces, rinse them off with clean water and
allow them to dry before applying your paint.
If you’re doing a complete makeover of your bathroom by painting every
surface, you should follow some time-honored procedures.
Start by painting your ceiling to help prevent any paint spatter from
marring a just-painted wall. Next, paint the walls. Then, follow up by
painting the windows, door, and trim. Complete the job by painting the
While working, you may want to keep the room ventilated by opening a window
or two. But if you’re applying one of the new top quality latex paints, you
will probably notice little paint odor. That’s because today’s advanced latex
paints emit only a small amount of the “volatile organic compounds” that cause
the typical “paint smell” associated with oil-based paints.
Take comfort in the fact that low-VOC latex paints are good for the
environment. . .and for the health of you and your family. And enjoy your
For more tips on interior painting, visit www.paintquality.com.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thrifty Style: 5 Tips for Style on a Budget
Decorating on a budget can be lots of fun since it challenges you to adapt random materials that you can find for cheap into cool items that radiate personality. Here are a few ideas for turning often discarded items into treasures:
1) Sand Candles
Make the most of old candle stubs by melting them and making sand candles. Press a glass or vase into a damp bucket of sand to make the right shape. Embed some crystals or sea shells around the edges of the sand mold and pat it down so the sides are firm. Then pour the melted wax into mold and make wicks out of birthday candles. When it is cooled and firm, dig around the candle and remove it. Gently and evenly wipe some of sand off, but not too much. Use a hair dryer -- or blow torch -- to heat up the outside shell of the sand so the wax penetrates and glues the sand together.
2) Old Aquariums and Fishbowls
Just because a glass aquarium has a crack in it is no reason to put it out to pasture. Plant a terrarium using your favorite herbs and set it up near a window. Create your own frame for the front of the aquarium to disguise its original aluminum framework. For a great bookshelf light, fill a fishbowl with white Christmas lights and crystals.
3) Wine Cork Mats
Put those wine corks to good use to make your own a bath mat, kitchen rug or even a huge area rug if you have enough corks. Simply split the corks in half lengthways and design a layout using the different shades for your pattern. Use a hot glue gun to paste the corks onto a single piece of non-stick shelf liner that measures the size of the area you want to cover. That's it, you now have a new, cool mat that absorbs moisture and muffles sounds.
4) Lace Doilies
Turn old lace doilies into decorative accent pieces with a little imagination. Cover a plain white lamp shade with layers of overlapping doilies to create a romantic scalloped effect. Make a chain of doilies and hang them from the ends of the curtain rods to soften up a window's straight lines. Glue them onto the glass of ceiling light fixtures to give the room a soft, dappled light.
Indian saris are made of exquisite yet durable materials woven into single long pieces that can be used for many decorating concepts. Saris hung across the ceiling in a bedroom can create a harem motif. For a special touch, hang strings of white Christmas lights inside of the saris for a striking ambient light source.
Guest post by: London interior designer Greg Kinsella01 02 12