Tools & Supplies

Kobalt 24V MAX Power Tools Pricing Released

Kobalt 24V MAX Power Tools Pricing Released

We recently shared with you the debut of Kobalt’s 24V MAX line of redesigned power tools available exclusively at Lowe’s. Now, just a week ahead of the public launch, we have the details on the products’ pricing just in time for Father’s Day gift giving. Items range from $20 for a […]

Test Out New Wall Color With Small Wall

Test Out New Wall Color With Small Wall

We’ve all been through the same process — you want to change the color of a room, but you’re not sure which shade to pick, or how it will look in daylight versus at night. You don’t want to paint giant swatches on the wall, and those little tiny paint […]

Painting Stripes Made Easy With U-Stripe-It & Design

Painting Stripes Made Easy With U-Stripe-It & Design

Painted stripes have a transformative power. Wide, colorful stripes add a bit of whimsy to a room, while narrow, more muted lines exude a certain sophistication. Yet when it comes to actually painting stripes, the precision work can often be tedious and time-consuming. Enter the U-Stripe-It & Design tool! Created […]

Proper Disposal of Extra Paint & Paint Containers

Proper Disposal of Extra Paint & Paint Containers

Disposing of paint is always a chore and now that you’ve spent the warmer days of autumn getting to all those paint projects you meant to do all summer, your garage, basement, or shed probably looks an awful lot like the photo above. (That’s my personal stash of used and […]

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Painting Tools

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Painting Tools

Sure, you can pick up some low-VOC, environmentally friendly paint. But have you ever thought about your painting tools and supplies? Those brushes, rollers, tarps and cleaning solutions can add to some real mess for the planet if you aren’t careful. On a hunt for some quality, eco-friendly painting tools, […]

Paint On Your Wallpaper With Rollerwall

Paint On Your Wallpaper With Rollerwall

For living in an ancient house with plaster walls, I have an unnatural desire to wallpaper my very uneven vertical spaces. I’ve looked at different ways to make wallpaper happen, yet another solution that keeps popping up through my endless perusal of the design blogosphere is using paint to “make” […]

Colorful Wood Stains

Colorful Wood Stains

Buh, bye basic browns! Why stain that old adirondack chair in a basic wood when you can choose from colors like avocado and purple velvet? Olympic exterior stains has added to their wood tones with great colors for the outdoors. Their stains have been developed to stand up to sun, […]

Cheap and Easy Way to Test for Lead Paint

Cheap and Easy Way to Test for Lead Paint

We’ve heard all about the hazards of lead paint and have covered how to remove it. Sometimes I find myself thinking twice about certain pieces of furniture that I find at thrift shops and have turned down a good find or two since I don’t have the space to strip […]

PaintSmart Trayz Solve the Ladder Issue

PaintSmart Trayz Solve the Ladder Issue

New to market at the Hardware Show are the PaintSmart Trayz. This product allows you to paint while on a ladder without having to balance a can or a tray on the ladder shelf. The PaintSmart Trayz hangs vertically from the opposite rung on a ladder so you can conveniently […]

Speed Drops: Drop, Kick, Paint

Speed Drops: Drop, Kick, Paint

Zibra, a manufacturer of various home improvement products, has developed a convenient and simple alternative to the canvas dropcloth used to protect floors during painting projects. We had an opportunity to check out the Speed Drops at the National Hardware Show and agree it can be a great solution for […]

EZ-Twist PaintStick: No Tray Needed

EZ-Twist PaintStick: No Tray Needed

Painting can be a messy affair and drips usually occur as you are reloading your brush or roller via a can or paint tray. The EZ-Twist PaintStick is a new product from HomeRight that allows you to paint without the need for a messy tray. Here’s how it works: Attach […]

The Green Toad Pivoting Paint Brush

The Green Toad Pivoting Paint Brush

One of the revelations from last year’s Hardware Show was the Green Toad Pivoting Paint Brush System. Designed with the consultation of physical therapists, the ‘Green Toad’ system uses a 360-degree, rotating head system that locks in eight different positions. It allows anyone to paint at an angle that’s most […]

The Wall Wizard’s Painting Secrets

The Wall Wizard’s Painting Secrets

In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, the annual Greater Kansas City Home Show and Flower, Lawn and Garden Show offers several seminars including painting and faux finish techniques from Brian Santos, better known as The Wall Wizard. One of his favorite sayings? “When you can’t move, you improve,” and paint […]

Roller Nap Choices Make a Difference

Roller Nap Choices Make a Difference

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 […]

Protect Your Rooms When Painting with Zipwalls

Protect Your Rooms When Painting with Zipwalls

When you are short on workspace and must work in environments that are sensitive to dust or paint particles you have other options besides covering everything with tarps. Check out the Zipwall which is a temporary barrier that can be fastened in a variety of ways and will keep all […]