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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Melted Crayon Wall Art! on: September 27, 2011 11:16:05 AM
I really love the texture in yours! I've seen others but this may be my favorite! What did you use to melt the crayons?
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: stained glass mosaic adhesive? on: September 06, 2010 10:10:53 AM
I use DAP "Alex Plus" acrylic latex caulk plus silicone (clear). It has always worked really well and has the benefit of being mold/mildew resistant and waterproof since you're doing a backsplash. I just get the big tube of it and use a caulking gun to put a some into a cup and then use it like glue with a paintbrush or a craft stick.

Also, it is very cost-effective. Smiley

Good luck!
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flat Disc Ornaments on: September 01, 2010 08:24:25 AM
Kokomo Opalescent Glass (www.kog.com) sells "rondels" which are beautiful rounds of glass that are spun or blown. They are flat and could be used to make ornaments, providing you are able to drill a hole in them or use some other method to attach a hanger. They come in many different sizes.

Check them out: http://www.kog.com/more-glass/rondels.html

Hope this helps!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about Kaiser Lee Board on: September 01, 2010 08:19:55 AM
Hello,

I am getting ready to use a small casting mold I have created out of Kaiser Lee board for the first time. If any of you have experience with this, I would love some advice.

I have ready a few different things about using molds made from KLB. Some say that you can us it "as is" with no kiln wash or preparatory firing. Others say you need to apply kiln wash or mold hardener and even pre-fire it before you use it with glass. Another source says that you can use it without any prep, but it will fall apart after one firing if you do so. Help!

What do -you- say? I'd love some input before I proceed. Thanks!

-Emily
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Frugal craft room redo! on: August 23, 2009 04:25:58 PM
Everything is so beautiful and so colorful! They look like pictures out of a magazine Smiley Great job!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets, need suggestions! on: August 23, 2009 08:30:19 AM
Nice kitchen, lots of counterspace and cabinets!!! Cheesy  You should lightly sand and PRIME with a high quality primer before painting.  Ebay is a good place to check for cheap hardware, and the selection is awesome.  Hardware alone can work wonders.  Colorwise, maybe a mustardy yellow would look nice?  Or you could always go to the opposite end of the color spectrum and go aqua blue(but that might be too crazy to resell)but would be awesome for now.    Wink  Really depends on the theme.  Or you could always leave the wood doors wood(if they are in good shape)and change the base color.  Maybe stencil a cool medallion in the base color over the wood door?  Even vinyl stencils would work and could easily be changed.  Good luck! Cheesy

You know, I never thought of looking on Ebay for hardware! Thanks! I've been dreading how much it will cost to replace all those pulls and hinges. And I will make sure to sand and prime them. Thanks for the advice Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas for redecorating horrible rental kitchen on: August 22, 2009 03:34:28 PM
How comfortable are you in dealing with your landlord? I know that some people are able to strike deals with landlords when a rented house needs some work done. Sometimes the landlord will agree that any work done on the house (such as updating kitchens and bathrooms or building a new deck, etc) can be deducted from the amount of rent you owe. My in-laws had this sort of relationship with their own landlord, which worked out well because my father-in-law works for a home improvement contracting business.

Most of the time I imagine they would like to see a plan for what changes you want to make so they can approve it ahead of time. If you offered to remove that old wallpaper and put in a more modern, more durable backsplash, I would hope the landlord would at least consider allowing you to make the update...it would improve the value of their property and make you a happier tenant!

Good luck!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets, need suggestions! on: August 22, 2009 03:25:20 PM
Ok! So I like my kitchen, but the cabinets are ugly. I think with some paint and new hardware (and hopefully, eventually, a new countertop) they could look really nice.

This is what they look like right now (pardon my mess!):



Right now the doors are wooden with some kind of slightly glossy finish, the base is painted cream and the backsplash is white-ish tile. Outdated hardware and the laminate countertop is kind of grayish-purple. Clearly these cabinets are from the 1950's when the house was built! Time to update on a budget!

The walls in the kitchen are currently cream with the exception of an accent wall on the opposite side of the room (where the table is) that is a burnt-orange color:



I'm not quite sure what would be the best color to paint the cabinets. The little cabinet by the table would likely get painted the same color as the others. Something that would flow with the wall I already have painted but still be neutral enough that I wouldn't have to re-paint the cabinets again if we decide to sell the house in the future.  I know it will be a big job and I would really like to just do it once.

I would really like to hear some suggestions! I know several people here have posted their own re-painted cabinets and they all look great!

Thanks for taking the time to help me out!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home UPDATE P.2 on: August 02, 2009 09:14:49 AM
My husband and I also recently bought our first home and I wanted a burnt orange color for our living room. The only problem was the room has gray-blue carpet which we can't afford to replace quite yet and I wasn't sure how to make it work. I spent forever trying to find a color scheme that would work (and not look like the 1970's) and finally found my inspiration at Goodwill...I found a poster print of a painting by Monet called "Crepuscolo" (means "twilight"). It uses burnt orange, a bit of red, gray-blue and a tinge of green....sounds awful in writing but the picture is beautiful. Maybe it will inspire you too! Also I found a lot of inspiration with that color in pictures/art about Morocco.

Good luck!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Trash to Treasure fun with lightbulbs! ****Warning: HUGE!!!**** on: June 06, 2009 07:55:58 PM
These are remarkable....they look like one-of-a-kind pieces that would go for major $$$ at a boutique somewhere! Really, really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
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