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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! need to spruce up an old loveseat and chair on: November 30, 2007 06:09:20 PM
Upholstery isn't my forte, either!  I think I would just find some pretty doilies, arrange them to cover the majority of the eyesore spots, sew them together and then just stitch them onto the current material.  :>)

jjm
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need an idea for a finger tip towel holder on: November 30, 2007 06:05:50 PM
Some of the brackets they use for holding back curtains on a window would also probably work.  Look in the curtain hardware section of your local dept. store.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: painting a dining room table & chairs on: November 30, 2007 05:42:28 PM
First off...at least try and remove any old drops of paint from the seats of the chairs and at least the top of the table.  If they've been on there a long time it shouldn't be that hard to do with a little elbow grease and a wet scouring pad.  Larger drops can usually be carefully pried up with a paint scrapper/putty knife.
Once that's done be sure it's dried thoroughly (a couple hours).

Most people use a glossy/shiny paint for cupboards and surfaces that are going to get a lot of wear and tear specifically because that's what the paint is made for.  This is usually an oil based paint (no soap and water cleanup of brushes).  And, yes these usually are more expensive (but you can look for sales).  If the finish you're covering is a dark color already, you shouldn't need to do more than one good coat, which means a quart of paint should be more than enough.  Also make sure you use a good quality paint brush...it makes a difference in how the paint flows.

You could also do the latex paint with a finish of three coats of polyurethane on the top of the table and chair seats, but you would have to re-coat the poly every couple of years.

I would also consider painting the chair seats in another color that you pull from elsewhere in the room.

Hope this helps and good luck.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pin-up Trunk? on: July 17, 2007 02:34:42 PM
As far as the images and printing them yourself.....you'll need to do a test sample from your printer....some printers work okay (colors not "smearing" when applying glue)....some don't.  If your's smears....then take your printed pictures to a copy shop and get copies made.

The glue can be any decoupage glue (mod podge is one brand).  Apply 3 coats of the glue over the image (let dry between coats).  If you have "brush" marks or any uneven glue coats....buy some "wet" sandpaper.  It's called that because you actually soak it in water prior to using it.  With the wet sandpaper, go over the glued area in small circular motions, which will remove any brush marks and even out your glue (this in essence, makes your glue tacky again).  Let this dry and then use then use a gloss polyurethane (2 coats) to protect it and prevent the decoupage from becoming tacky from heat and humidity.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: storage on top of the fridge? on: May 12, 2007 02:17:28 PM
This is another one of those areas where you could use an old dresser drawer (measure drawer before taking to make sure it doesn't "overhang" the fridge or not fit under the cupboard).  Paint it to match the fridge....and you've effectively camoflaged the clutter!

jjm
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Table and Chairs on: May 12, 2007 02:00:30 PM
Personally, I'd paint the base of the table black (to match the leather of the chairs) and put tacks along the thin edge of the base (again to match the tacks on the chairs).  Stain the top in the same color stain as on the chairs, 3-4 coats of poly and your all set!  Nice looking matching table and chair set!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: wall stencil? on: March 27, 2007 06:10:56 AM
To attach material to wall, just dip material in liquid fabric starch and smooth onto wall just as you would regular wallpaper.  When you're ready to remove it, peel it off, wash wall, and you're done!

jjm
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with my ugly fluorescent lights! on: February 24, 2007 06:03:01 PM
A quicker fix would be to cover the plastic inserts with a light material (so the the material is on the outside)...solid or pattern...you choose.  Fold over just enough to and secure on the edges with tape (which in time, might come loose, but should hold it long enough to reinstall the panels and then the framing would hold it in place).

jjm
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Classroom book area help on: February 24, 2007 05:58:56 PM
I would paint in some branches....not only in the green part itself....but also 2-3 leading up from the trunk.  You might also use a lighter color green and just dab it over random areas of the the main green to give it more definition of "leaves".

jjm
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tiled ceiling... suggestions please... on: February 24, 2007 05:53:05 PM
I saw them do this on a tv show:

They took each tile down and painted it so it looked like it had a wood grain.  Then when they re-installed them, each one had the grain facing a different direction.  It really looked neat!  These would have to be the tiles that are solid....with no textured print on them.

jjm
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