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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Custom Book headboard? on: March 30, 2011 10:19:03 AM
I agree, free hand wouldn't be too difficult.  You could have your office store enlarge the lettering to the desired size and use that as a template for the lettering.  Be sure to prime the MDF before painting, though, as MDF is known to suck the paint right in!!  That and any moisture for that matter(we made our mantle piece out of MDF...it turned out fabulous, thanks to proper sealing)!  And don't forget to add a clear coat when all is said and done...little hands are rather sticky!  We would love to see the finished product...have fun!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: covering binders on: March 30, 2011 10:11:12 AM
Hi!  Considering it's for your craft room, why not make book covers out of linen and hand embroider names or images of what each binder holds?  Maybe even covers made out of some nice home dec fabrics that you've been dying to use?  Fabric paints for stamping on cotton duck?  Endless ideas...let me know what you decide!  And good luck!   Wink
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paint Scrape Disaster? on: March 03, 2011 05:17:11 AM
I would first sand it down.  Then, test your paint on one small area.  Allow to dry for a full 24 hours.  If it scrapes off easily, or peels, you've got a surface that needs extra help.  You will most definitely have to apply a coat of primer (I use Zinsser 123), possibly two coats.  Then paint with your color of choice.  If you don't test it first, you'll be disappointed if the previous finish was oil-based and you've just spent hours making your latex paint look "just-so"...trust me on this.  I painted a chair that must have had an oil-based finish on it. I thought sanding it down would be enough.  I should have primed it first.  The paint streaked, peeled, and looked awful.  I hope this helped.  Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas to display vintage doilies, handkerchiefs, etc? on: March 03, 2011 05:09:53 AM
Well, first off, you could just mail them to me and have me take them off your hands  Wink ....how lovely!! I, too, have a few vintage/antique linens that I like to display.  I have this antique apron that was my great grandmother's.  Some days, I will display it on my dress form, other days (special occasions) I will actually wear it.  So long as I launder them in gentle detergents (Mrs Meyer's or any other organic soaps) and hang them to  dry, they keep their beauty.  I also have vintage hand embroidered tea towels and place mats.  I use these for "get-togethers" with friends (tea, coffee, what have you).  As for my one lonely hanky...ahem...I like to display it with my antique books and trinkets on the buffet.  I have a lovely little tea cup that I like to display it with.  Try to use your items (gently) to bring back their "life".  If they are too fragile for use, then definitely take them to a framer and put them in shadow boxes...that would be lovely, too.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Refinishing for Outdoor Use? on: February 22, 2011 05:13:07 AM
First, forgive me if some of my suggestions are a bit "common sense" dribble, I'm just trying to cover all my bases here,  Wink .  You definitely want to sand off the sheen from the original finish.  If the pitting bothers you, use wood putty to fill in the pitted spots, sand again.  I would also suggest using a primer coat before painting.  (I use Zinssers Bulls Eye 123) Apply a couple of coats of outdoor paint to the piece and you're set!  If you plan on distressing the piece after painting, don't forget to apply a poly top coat to seal the distressed parts.  Don't forget to finish the ENTIRE piece, even if it's an area that won't be seen...you'll be pretty bummed if the rain/snow seeped into an unsealed spot after all your hard work.  Good luck!
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