Painting

Painted Hardwood Floors

Painted Hardwood Floors

We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of painting wood trim and brick walls/fireplaces. Although there’s no doubt that a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the look of the piece, one of the biggest disadvantages is that you’re covering the natural appearance, texture and grain of […]

Pantone Color Of 2011 Is Honeysuckle Pink

Pantone Color Of 2011 Is Honeysuckle Pink

Pantone just revealed their Color of The Year for 2011 — Honeysuckle Pink. Per their press release: “While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is […]

Transform Your Home Before Thanksgiving

Transform Your Home Before Thanksgiving

That wonderful day of eating and giving thanks is a mere week away! You’re probably busy planning your menu (and devising your grocery store plan of attack), but if you have any spare time, consider one (or several) of these simple projects that are designed to add maximum impact to […]

Fall Is A Great Time To Stain Your Deck

Fall Is A Great Time To Stain Your Deck

The cooler weather of fall is the perfect time to stain your deck. There may not be the same motivation without the sunny summer days to look forward to, but without that scorching heat a staining project can actually be fun. Take advantage of cooler temperatures and skip this job […]

Giveaway: EZ-Twist PaintStick

Giveaway: EZ-Twist PaintStick

We recently featured the EZ-Twist PaintStick on our Paint blog and now we’re giving you the opportunity to win it! We’re running this Giveaway through Facebook, so to be entered simply share a comment on what you’d paint on this Facebook post and we’ll choose a random winner at midnight […]

Tips for Simple Deck Staining

Tips for Simple Deck Staining

Spring is a popular time to stain the deck, fence or other wood in your backyard. Keep the task simple and buy a good quality stain to have the best looking wood in the neighborhood. Timing Is Key Make sure that you will have decent weather for the duration of […]

Introducing Our New Blogs

Introducing Our New Blogs

We’re pleased to announce the launch of 5 more blogs which will focus on Kitchens, Paint, Green Building, Tools and Home Security. The depth of these categories is huge so we felt they needed their own websites. You can reach these other blogs from the navigation bar at the very […]

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Living in an older home comes with many things you can see as “charm” or “obstacles” depending on the situation at hand. You have less-than-stellar plumbing and electrical, uneven floors, creepy crawl spaces, dank and dark basements, inefficient windows, doors that don’t hang straight, mismatched millwork, etc. One of those […]

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

Refinish, Replace or Paint Wood Floors

A lot of consideration needs to go into the flooring you choose for your home. Other than considering your personal design aesthetic and the use of the space, you have to think about what’s going to work best for you and your family – especially when it comes to refinishing, […]

How Much Paint Do You Need?

How Much Paint Do You Need?

Before painting a room or a wall you need to determine how much paint you will need. We always go with just a bit more as it’s always frustrating to return to the hardware store for more paint that you hope they still have or that they are still open […]

Inspiring Small Spaces from Loving. Living. Small.

Inspiring Small Spaces from Loving. Living. Small.

We’ve been long time advocates for small space living and foresaw the backlash to McMansions that consume more energy, resources and materials than any house should. Apartment Therapy grew out of a tiny NYC apartment (most are) but their mantra of “saving one room at a time” can apply to […]

Ninja Spray Painting Techniques

Ninja Spray Painting Techniques

Today is skill #3 that he wants to pass along to his kids from Deren S. Monday. It seems like I am always spraying something around the house. Paint, primer, lacquer, etc… And it seems like each time I do, I feel a bit silly. Why? Because my Dad taught […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

Paint Brushes in Lieu of Makeup Brushes?

Paint Brushes in Lieu of Makeup Brushes?

We typically leave the beauty tips to Dahlight but she shared one that the frugal DIY crowd may find interesting. Loew-Cornell Paint Brushes are an excellent alternative to standard makeup brushes. We haven’t tried it but maybe the ladies can chime in here. Is it worth it?

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

This sun room remodel that we found on CasaSugar is awesome. No major changes but an update to the paint, flooring and walls created a much more inviting space to spend lazy afternoons. Some different window treatments and the room would be finished.

Pick the Right Paint Roller Nap

Pick the Right Paint Roller Nap

Just as paint brush bristle type is dependent on type of paint used, the same applies to roller naps. + Nylon and wool blend naps are to be used with alkyd paints. + Nylon only naps are required for latex paint usage. Nap length (thickness of fuzzy stuff) + Use […]

Paint Brush Bristles Make a Difference

Paint Brush Bristles Make a Difference

The bristles on a paint brush are either natural or synthetic and in some cases both. Bristle choice is determined by type of paint used. + If your paint can be cleaned with paint thinner then use the natural bristles. + If you are painting using latex paint then use […]

Tips for Selecting Paint Colors

Tips for Selecting Paint Colors

Painting a room is a quick and easy makeover that makes a huge impact. But because it does require effort and takes time to change or can clash with furnishings or artwork, most homeowners take their time when it comes to selecting the proper paint color and you’ve got to […]

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

A strong indicator of a good paint job will be the quality of brush or roller used. You may have everything else in place (high quality paint, clean surface) but if your brushes are cheap the finished product will not have the desired result. When shopping for brushes do these […]

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

We recently contributed to TimeOut New York’s Home Design 2009 issue which hit newsstands today. We’re featured in the Steal This Idea section for creating a patina mirror just like you’ve seen on the walls of your favorite French bistro (We prefer Le Singe Vert over Schiller’s any night). Pick […]

Safely Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Color

Safely Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Color

Obviously vinyl siding doesn’t require the maintenance and paint that traditional wood siding does but if you aren’t satisfied with the color can you still paint it? The answer is yes but you need to clean the siding with a general household cleaner (like Simple Green) beforehand to remove all […]