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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Backsplash: Clear Acrylic, Dry Erase or Chalkboard? Which is more useful? on: April 28, 2008 06:25:31 AM
the title pretty much says it all; I need to redo my backsplash because i'm installing new cabinets and  light fixture will be moved. I want something easy to put in (and take out if i want to change it), inexpensive, easy to care for, and stylish. (Right now the backsplash is a sheet of stainless steel and it looks horrid IMO)

My ideas:

1) Clear acrylic board: i saw it at the Bricolage store (that is the Euro name for home depot type stores). behind it there will be paint matching the rest of the room, or i can add fabric or posters or something...
My concern is that it might get too hot and melt... any experiences? (i think this would also function as a dry erase board, however i'm not 100% sure about that)

2) Chalkboard (paint): perhaps magnetic (would that be more useful?) Easy to clean, can write if i need to (although chalk around food... doesn't seem like the best idea...)

3) Dry Erase board(s): So i can scribble notes, recipes, etc on it. I was thinking to get a bunch of cheap ones and "tiling" them, or if i can find it a dry erase board roll. I am also worried about the head resistance with this...

anyone have any experiences, suggestions or ideas?

This may be in the wrong forum... could a mod please move it if it is (apologies)

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / can I use dry erase markers on stainless steel? on: October 18, 2007 06:34:15 AM
i tried googling it but had no luck. I want to know if i can use a SS board that is being used as a backsplash as a dry erase board for my grocery list et al...

any one know the answer to this?
i tried in an inconspicuous spot, and it seemed to be OK, but I'm afraid it might stain in the long run

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / VagaBond Adhesive... has anyone heard of this/know where to get it? on: October 02, 2007 10:29:23 AM
I got a promotional sticker that had Vagabond as its adhesive... its somewhat similar to the 3m Command stuff, except its clear, thinner and once the stickiness goes away, you supposedly just moisten it and it becomes adhesive again.

problem: there is no official website! all i was able to find was places that make your stickers with it, but i don't want custom stickers, i want rolls of it to use for my apt!

any suggestions?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need Recs for EUROPEAN/Italian Vendor of Contact Paper on: October 02, 2007 10:25:42 AM
Subject pretty much says it all.

for the contact paper (to cover my kitchen cabinets) I'm looking for either dry erase board white or White woodgrain at least 55cm wide.

Google has been of little help to me, so i turn to you crafster
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help! Where can i find 53 cm wide (circa 20" wide) self adhesive contact paper on: September 12, 2007 07:27:24 AM
Followup to my I'm Finally going to do something post; i've searched what seems like Milano, and the Interwebs, and can't find anyone who makes contact paper in the size that i need. My widest cabinet door is 53cm wide, and i can't find anything AVAILABLE IN ITALY (or even just the EU) that  is over 40... any suggestions or links?

thanks in advance

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I'm finally going to do something! kitchen suggestions wanted! on: August 21, 2007 07:02:52 AM
I've been putting this off for a long time, but i'm finally going to do something about my kitchen.

Here's the thing... my flat will be completely overhauled in a few years (meaning floors, kitchen, windows, etc), but i need to plan well and save up the money first.

In the meantime, i want to make some changes, to improve the looks and quality of life in my kitchen (and rest of the house, really).

The first project i wanted to tackle was to cover the cabinets.
here is the deal:

the cabinets are probably the original 1960s cabinets, and they have already been repainted twice. They are a horrid (IMO) pea green color, and they are streaked and faded, and chipped off parts showing the underlying layer shows in certain areas.

A while back, i discovered that i could use them as dry erase boards, and that was quite convenient, except, when heavy duty cleaning them, i realized that more paint was coming off, making the situation worse.

I've come to the conclusion that i want to cover the cabinets in dry erase white board contact paper, so i can use it, and eventually always go crazy with dry erase art or fabric+ starch and what not.

I chose dry erase white board cover, because the appliances (fridge, hood vent and oven/range) are white, as is the sink and sink base cabinet (it doesn't match the other cabinets).
The tiles behind them are taupe (although now they are painted white, but the paint is easily removable, at least it was in the bathroom...)
They go from the floor to the bottom of the cabinets, and part of a corner, so i'm not sure i could cover them with steel or what not.

I will add pics as soon as i can to get a better idea.

ANYHOW, all of this leaves me with the following problems:

  • How to make the uneven surface of each cabinet door smooth so i can apply the contact paper?
  • Can i spackle or somehow cover and reinforce where the holes of the handles are so i can apply new ones (i want to change them from handles to knobs)?
  • does this sound good or even plausible or am i heading towards a disaster?

thanks for any suggestions

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ikea Pax: how to make this look fabulous? on: July 09, 2007 11:26:58 AM
I "inhereted" an ikea pax wardrobe, well two to be exact. Its exactly what i need function and wise, its not exactly the greatest thing to look at... its your typical pressboard verneer/laminated birch furniture.

Until i can get something better, is there anything i can do to make it fabulous? I am trying to create a luxury bedroom feel and while i know this would never really fit in, i cant seem to think of anything to make it look better than it does now.

I've read time and time again that painting this type of furniture does not work, so i come to you, allmighty creative ones, looking for help Smiley
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Paint can style tin? on: February 05, 2007 05:04:57 PM
i have a paint can style tin, except no paint was ever in it, cookies were! (it was one of the cutest package i've ever seen!)

any how, what can i do with this?


11cm diameter
8.5cm opening
13cm tall
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Need ideas for random Wooden Boxes on: February 01, 2007 08:04:19 PM
Today at work i was doing some things and i came upon about 800 of these wooden boxes. I asked about them and was told that they were junk, they were made to hold some parts that are ordered from a different company that we use for our machines, but then were stored there and used for odds and ends.

However, there are so many of them  , and the company doesn't have a way to use them, so they are free to take for employees, and of course, i couldn't resist, i took four home today.

I stripped the inside foam, which was hideous, removed the metal tag on the top (you can still see the nails), and took out the two inside wooden fittings and what you see below remains.

the dimensions are
H 6.5 cm
W 20cm
D 11.5 cm

What can i do with these?
It appears to be balsa wood, some of it is coated/lacquered, some of it isn't. keep in mind the construction is chinese, so the quality isn't that great. (so there goes my jewelery box idea)

EDIT: i forgot to ask, i also have this ikea box, i figured i would paint ior stain it, but honest to goodness, i can't figure out what to use it for? Its too short to use for pens/pencis, inconvenient for jewellery, the wrong size to hold my computer accessories (digi cam, cords, cell phones etc).


H 29.5cm
W 28.5

H8 W13 D 20

(Edit again! forgot to post the pic!)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / how do i make this pillow? on: February 01, 2007 07:44:41 PM
I was browsing target.com and came across this pillow. I love the "cummerbund effect" (is just pleats?) but hate the sage colour (it would not match my decor).

Since its the colour offered, i was wondering if it were possible to make this myself, and if so how? (i've not sewed in years and even then, the most i could do was make sew straight lines and make a button hole, so ii'd need idiot proof explanations please, my grandmother's vintage singer thanks you!)

Thanks for any suggestions.
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