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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: plastic suitcase? painting? on: June 24, 2015 01:49:05 PM
I found a fab spray paint that works on plastic, metal, or wood: Rustoleum Ultra 2X.
Paint and primer in one, great coverage.
It's my new favorite for everything, though I haven't tried it on wood. 
I used it on acrylic sheet to make a new address sign; it's been in the sun and rain for 6 months and still looks new.
Also used it to paint a metal light fixture a couple years ago, and still looks great.
I'm not good about sanding or prepping surfaces, so if it works for me...
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Whats your favorite way to put wood pieces together? on: June 24, 2015 01:45:24 PM
do you mean making furniture from plank wood? 
Proper answer:  Carpenters (yellow) glue plus nails or screws.
My honest answer:  that cabinet maker that lives down the street
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cloud Light on: June 24, 2015 01:40:42 PM
thanks, I think I can wing it from your description!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cloud Light on: June 24, 2015 12:32:37 PM
That's fabulous!  My husband is a complete weather nut, even has a poster of different cloud types in the office.  His birthday is coming up, I think a cloud light is in the works.

What did you use for structure?  Just wadded polyfil around a string of lights?

thanks for posting!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: cheap big planters on: June 17, 2015 03:31:40 AM
I think they're all from junkers--not much can go wrong with a steel tub.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / cheap big planters on: June 16, 2015 07:11:36 PM
A friend was using one of these as a firepit, and I got inspired.  After setting several up as planters, I told a couple of people, and they told a couple, and next thing I knew I couldn't get them any more.  Stock is back up now, fortunately.

What am I talking about?  The steel tubs inside washing machines and dryers.  $5 each at my local appliance recycler/repair shop.  Some dryer tubs are stainless steel (no rust), most washer tubs are enamel and have a central post that makes them better for shallow-rooted plants (unless you want to remove it with a grinder or something).  I sprayed these with the cheapo paint I had on hand.  Doesn't cover well, but blends better than white.


freshly planted with herbs


6 weeks later (even the cleared area has gone green again)
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: refurbished vintage garden chairs on: June 16, 2015 07:01:23 PM
yah, they're kinda crusty when we get them.  We (aka my hubby) power wash, then scrub with brass brush and rinse. 
Actually, I painted one that I thought had been prepped but wasn't, and so far (6 weeks) it doesn't show.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: refurbished vintage garden chairs on: June 16, 2015 09:25:47 AM
Thanks guys!

I saw (online) a set of regular old folding chairs painted with this same paint.  You know, the funky metal ones your grandma had in gray or brown?  They looked adorable in rainbow colors.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Color Explosion All Summer Long on: June 16, 2015 09:21:07 AM
great colors and a cute idea.

but how big are the pots?  You have three things planted in one pot?!?!?! Shocked
I guess survival of the fittest.  I'm betting the bean plant wins.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / refurbished vintage garden chairs on: June 15, 2015 11:50:22 AM
Our local Lions Club (hubby is prez) is cleaning and painting these great aluminum chairs from an old resort as a fundraiser to help out the Boys and Girls Club. 

As a result, my front yard is full of scuzzy old white chairs and a rainbow of repainted ones.  I get to keep six chairs; two each of blue, turquoise, and lime.  Best selling colors so far are lime (the chair between the turquoise and yellow ones) and white, with purple a close third.  Who knew people would want purple garden chairs?


We found a great spray paint, Rustoleum Ultra 2x.  Has primer and paint in one, great coverage, and the can sprays from almost any angle.  Big push button on top, too, so your finger doesn't get tired.  Also paints plastic, so I'm going to give my old resin chairs a facelift when we're done with this project.

Note:  I'm not trying to sell you the chairs; we're in Hawaii and all y'all are way outside our delivery area. 
And I have no affiliations with Rustoleum, just really love that paint.
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