Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Matching a missing decorative tile



Sketch roughly with pencil, paint with acrylics, spray with poly.  It doesn't have to be perfect because the eye sees what it wants to see.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dif by Rustoleum removes poorly applied Latex Paint

Dif by Rustoleum removes latex paint that has been painted over unprepared semi-gloss.  I found this out after scraping an entire wall.  Just follow the directions for removing wallpaper.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Duct Tape Boots

Cracked vinyl


With Duct Tape
     I grabbed my favorite ten year old boots last week and the man made materials had cracked.  I know they were cheap boots from Payless,  but they were extra wide and comfortable.  Comfortable boots are hard to find and the soles were still good,   with a little duct tape I saved them.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Restoring shine to laminate formica countertops

I actually liked my countertops.  While I'm not a fan of granite,  I do admire the shine.  Sadly my 10 year old countertops have become scratched and dull.  After cleaning them with 409 I applied simple Mineral Oil and polished them with a lint free cloth until the oil was absorbed.  It worked so well I put some on my vintage formica kitchen table. 
Before - Scratched and Dull

Mineral Oil and 409

After


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Car Organizer

I made this for my Impala

Friday, August 3, 2012

Harvesting Zinnia Seeds


Zinnias


Clip off 6" below heads

Dry Upside Down

Clip off heads



Zinnia Seeds and Petals

Let dry completely before sealing
When your zinnias start to fade,  clip them off about six inches below the heads and dry upside down.  When dry - clip the heads and seperate the seeds from the petals.  Package the seeds for next year and the petals for potporri gifts.  Don't seal the packages yet,  store them open several more days to make sure they are dry.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Freezing Fresh Corn

After shucking wash corn and while it is still wet microwave in small batches for about one minute per ear.  Eight ears = eight minutes.  You will appreciate this step in the winter when your corn still taste fresh.  After it cools,  cut it off the ears and package in freezer storage bags, label, and freeze.