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Paint / primer / prep question

posted by: cearbhaill on 06.10.2012 at 11:13 am in Paint Forum

I have about decided to paint my baseboards and window/door frames. Everything is a natural finish with whatever type of varnish or shellac or polyurethane they used when the home was built in 1955.
Nothing has ever been done to them- some of the baseboards are so worn there is no finish while the window and door frames remain quite shiny.
What do I need to do to prep these surfaces for paint?
If I have to sand everything, then I will not do it.

I have a gallon of adhesion primer from Sherwin Williams that I used to prep exterior fiberglass doors and it has held up marvelously.
It says on the website "Solves tough adhesion challenges for varnished woodwork, kitchen cabinets and wood paneling as well as previously painted surfaces."
Think this will really do the trick?

I would scrub, prime, replace the shoe molding that was ripped out who knows when, fill the nail holes, then paint.
Easy enough to say "try it and see" but once tried I cannot un-try.
I could do something inside a closet I guess- prime then do a scrape test maybe?

How would more knowledgeable painters handle it?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer


clipped on: 06.10.2012 at 01:11 pm    last updated on: 06.10.2012 at 01:11 pm

Magnaverde's rules

posted by: franksmom_2010 on 03.08.2011 at 01:28 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I miss Magnaverde, and I've been thinking about his rules for decorating, and feeling like I need a refresher course.

Has anyone ever written these down? Care to share?


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RE: Franksmom! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: franksmom_2010 on 02.24.2011 at 11:35 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Ttodd! Here's my floor cleaner recipe:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
*dish soap -I use about half a teaspoon, but I have really soft water, so if you have normal or hard water, you can use more)
disolve that in a gallon of very hot water.

I use it to mop ceramic tile and vinyl. I was using Mr. Clean or Lysol floor cleaners before, and was shocked at how much residue it left on the floors.

All purpose cleaner:

1 tablespoon borax
2 cups hot water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon dish soap

Stir until the borax is disolved, then pour into a spray bottle. I use a 19oz bottle, and just wrote the recipe on the bottle with a Sharpie. I've used it on Formica, fiberglass, glass, ceramic, finished wood, painted wood, stainless steel, porcelain, and vinyl, and haven't had any problems. I also use it to clean jewelry, and have used it as a spot remover on carpet. It works really, really well on grout, too.

The original recipes said that you could add a few drops of essential oil for more fragrance, but most essential oils are toxic to cats, so I don't use them. If you have pets, check with your vet. The rest of it is totally nontoxic at that dilution.

I found the floor cleaner recipe when Frank was a kitten, and he would follow me around the house when I was mopping, and walk all over the wet floor. I didn't think the Lysol on his paws was safe, and turns out, it's not.

DH used to always complain of headaches from the fumes when I would clean, and as we were trying to eliminate other chemicals from our diet, I started searching for nontoxic cleaners. You can certainly buy those things at the grocery now, but it's just so much easier and cheaper to make your own. Also, I've never had a problem with fumes, like if you use bleach in the toilet and shower and the all-purpose on the mirror and vanity, the combination doesn't make any sort of noxious combo.

Both cleaners are cheap, easy to make, smell nice but not overwhelming (I use a lemon dish soap, so it smells faintly citrus-y) and work well. I made my own Swiffer pads out of cheap microfiber cloths, and use the all-purpose cleaner sprayed on one of those for touch ups and spills in between mopping.


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RE: Not easily impressed w/faux painted stuff, but you gotta see (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: dixiedo on 02.26.2011 at 02:11 pm in Home Decorating Forum

There was a thread all about this technique on another site... some of them are OK, others are absolutely atrocious!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted Laminate Countertops


clipped on: 02.26.2011 at 06:06 pm    last updated on: 02.26.2011 at 06:06 pm

Kelly green paint color recommendations?

posted by: kathec on 02.01.2011 at 02:40 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have an inexpensive Ikea Bekvam stool. I had previously painted it orange, BM's Pumpkin Cream. It's ok, but not quite right. It's small, so I don't mind experimenting with color. I'm thinking about going with a kelly green. It's not a color I see here too often (or at all), so I'm looking for some paint names to give me a jumping off point for my search. I've got a SW fandeck around here somewhere, but that's the only one I own. I have Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, ICI, Kelly-Moore and Pittsburgh Paint in my local area.

My inspiration for the kelly green is from the June 2010 Better Homes and Gardens issue. Jill Soderlund's kitchen stools on page 70. Here's the photo:



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RE: Homemade gifts, anyone? (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: bumblebeez on 12.31.2010 at 01:56 pm in Home Decorating Forum


8 cups old fashioned oatmeal
2 cups sweetened bagged coconut- such as Bakers brand
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 bags (5-6 ounces) 1 each or the same, dried blueberries and dried cherries
( Options- dried cranberries)

1/2 cup vegetable oil - I use canola
1/2 cup honey OR 1 cup maple syrup ( Honey is sweeter and needs less)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat honey, vanilla and oil together until warm in a sauce pan.

In a large roasting pan ( I use a turkey roaster), combine all dry goods except fruit.
Pour heated honey/oil over and fold with rubber spatula.

Bake at 275 for 30 minutes. Carefully fold everything again.
Do this 3 more times for a total of about 2 hours in the oven. 30 minutes between stirrings. If it gets too brown, lower the temperature to 250. If it gets done in 1 and 1/2 hours, fine. You want a nice, even golden brown all over.

When done, fold in dried fruit.

Cool completely- typically covered with a dishtowel overnight.


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Painting Technique- what is more effective?

posted by: makeithome on 12.05.2010 at 09:17 pm in Home Decorating Forum

So, I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about us painting our dining room. I told him we'd be going with beige and I explained that we had a gold on the walls now from the PO. Now, this friend flips houses for a living, so he knows a lot about construction and renovating and being very budget conscious.

I told him that we had gone to the BM paint store and the guy had talked us into using 2 coats of Aura paint, rather than 1 coat of primer and two coats of their Regal paint. I also told him that the Aura paint costs $50 a gallon. He almost fell out of his chair.

This is what he proposed: buy a bucket of Kilz stain blocking primer and get it tinted to our BM color. Do one coat of that and then one coat of the Regal BM paint. He's convinced that it will cover as well, if not better than the 2 coats of Aura, and it will cost us considerably less (with the same number of coats).

Has anyone ever tried anything like this? What are your thoughts? I am all about saving money, but I also want to create a beautiful finish that lasts.


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RE: Searching for 'oxblood' red paint for buffet (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dlm2000 on 11.23.2010 at 08:55 am in Home Decorating Forum

Not sure I've ever seen a paint color that I would call a black red. Don't know if this is as dark as you want to go, but I wanted a deep, rustic red for my tv cabinet and did 3 step process to get this finish.


If that's in the general direction you want to go, that's a very rough (not solid, full coverage) black base with brick red painted over in the same manner then stain over that. Using your own color choices will probably get you to the look you want. Do you have a picture with the type of color/finish you want? It's easier to suggest a recipe if you do.


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Help! Need Pie Crust Recipe

posted by: lakemayor on 09.02.2010 at 12:09 pm in Cooking Forum

I've seen many pie crust recipes over the weeks but now that I'm looking for a really good pie crust recipe out there I can't find one. Would someone point me to a thread or share a recipe for a two pie crust recipe that can't fail and is really good. I want to make a cherry pie for my daughters birthday tomorrow. I don't make pies often, maybe once every two years. Ha I'm really bad with the crusts, I guess that's why I don't make them often.

I need help please!



clipped on: 11.21.2010 at 09:27 pm    last updated on: 11.21.2010 at 09:28 pm

Technical computer question from someone who's clueless

posted by: nanny2a on 11.08.2010 at 06:05 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm pretty clueless when it comes to the computer. We have Mac's, and love them, but I've never really learned how to do all the things that can be done on this computer. What I want to learn is how do you insert a photograph from an online catalog or store so that it appears in your message. I know how to bring in one of my own pictures from my photobucket account into the message, but want to know how you can do this with a photo from another website.

The second thing I'd like to learn is how you can have a message where there is one word in that message that is in bold print, and when you click on it, it takes you to a different location.

Is there an easy way someone more computer savvy than me can explain to me how you do this?


clipped on: 11.10.2010 at 08:01 pm    last updated on: 11.10.2010 at 08:01 pm

I Want Some Type Of Home Frangrance - What Are You Using at Home

posted by: winker on 11.01.2010 at 10:12 am in Home Decorating Forum

I used to use the Yankee Candles (see them at Target now) and then I went to soy because everyone said that other candles put a film on the walls. Then I bought one of those stands from I think Partylight or something like that where you use a tealight candle to heat a small glass container that contains fragrance oil. Then someone introduced me to the Scentsy products and I really like that idea and bought up a bunch of the france squares. I used them up and the next time I went to a party I bought several different scents and all of them were really fragrant for a day or two then nothing. I tried all five different scents and all went away after a day or two. I asked people if they could smell them when they came over but they could not either. Thought a fresh nose might help, but no. So I haven't used anything for awhile. Anyone have anything that they like or that is new out there.


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RE: White kitchen w/Venetian Gold granite anyone? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: kimberlyrkb on 10.29.2010 at 09:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think your kitchen is really pretty! I agree with Sidney that new venetian gold is versatile - you can put any colors with it. The items you have look nice, however, they blend in - at least in the photos - so maybe that is what is not sitting quite right with you? If you like the red shelf scarves and the homespun items with your white/new venetian gold, try carrying it throughout the other parts of the kitchen. Adding some red or other stronger color to the other stretches of your countertop will help a lot.

Here is mine....we just finished it recently. I still need to find some fabric for a shade over the window. Once I have that, it will help dictate what colors we use in the kitchen, but I gravitate toward blue and green, so chances are my fabric will go in that direction.




clipped on: 10.30.2010 at 11:08 pm    last updated on: 10.30.2010 at 11:08 pm

Newly painted black vanity with Anthropologie knobs

posted by: bbstx on 06.12.2010 at 05:47 pm in Home Decorating Forum

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a message about fabulous mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie, and a separate message about painting my guest bathroom vanity black. Below are pictures of the nearly-finished product. I still have to get a plumber in to change out the faucet and order the mirror frame from Mirror Mate.

I painted the vanity myself. I used Sherwin Williams Prep-Rite ProBlock in the deep base, tinted as dark as possible, as the primer. Then two coats of SW basic black. Thanks to advice from funcolors, I bought new black hinges.

Before (with photographer blanked out - can someone explain to me how to make the image blurry instead?):


Other side after:

Close-up of knobs (they are is the photographer who is off-center)


Replaced "Hollywood" bar lights with this:

New faucet not yet installed:

Delta Victorian faucet

I plan to order this Mirror Mate frame for the mirror:

MirrorMate Grandeeza


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Forgetful and Greasemonkey

posted by: gwbr54 on 05.16.2010 at 01:39 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I searched site, but cannot find this... Some time ago someone posted how to view craigslist photos without having to first click on the link. I did it; love it; and want to tell someone else how to it. All I can remember is that part of it involved installing Greasemonkey. Does anyone know the rest of it?


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I need a (fake) tan!

posted by: sueb20 on 05.14.2010 at 01:33 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I can't remember if this topic has been brought up before!

I'm going to a wedding next weekend and wearing a fairly low-cut, sleeveless dress. ("Low cut" for me means it's not a turtleneck!) We were in FL about a month ago and I have a bit of a tan line going right across my chest in the middle of the open neckline of the dress. I'm thinking maybe I can "even it out" with a fake/gradual tanning lotion. I have tried Jergens gradual tan lotion in the past and it did absolutely nothing. Has anyone here used a product that they would recommend? I'll probably use it on my arms and scary white legs as well. My main concern is not ending up "orange" or streaky! This is a family wedding so we're likely to end up in the wedding album ("...and there's Aunt Sue doing her Oompa Loompa imitation...")


clipped on: 05.15.2010 at 12:06 pm    last updated on: 05.15.2010 at 12:06 pm

johnmari: the epsom salt mix?

posted by: pammyfay on 05.13.2010 at 11:35 am in Home Decorating Forum

Responding to one of my questions a while ago, you discussed the bath mixes you do.

I mixed up a concoction last night for a foot soak--I saw a high-priced mixture at a store and just put together some of the ingredients that were listed on the label: epsom salt, baking soda, and spearmint and peppermint essential oils (and boy does a little go a long way on those oils! i put in way too much, and now my bathroom and bedroom smell like spearmint, which is kind of nice in a way!). The bottle also said there was tea-tree oil, but I passed on that (I recall using a facial cleanser from the Body Shop that contained that, and I did not like it at all, so I couldn't imagine it being very beneficial for this foot soak).

Anyway, would you remind me of the ingredients and proportions you use? Also, when you put them in a container for gift-giving, do they stay good for a few months or so, or longer? I'd rather have a pre-mixed jar of the stuff in the bathroom rather than all the ingredients cluttering the room up.



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RE: Staining concrete? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: ionltd on 08.31.2005 at 07:00 pm in Gardening with Stone Forum

Lowes doesn't sell real concrete stain. If it's in a metal can, it's not acid stain

here's a clip from

Add to that the fact that unlike others floor finishes, acid stain is translucent. Rather than covering the slab with color, it creates a chemical reaction that transforms the color of the concrete itself. It doesnt cover up the imperfections in the slab, it accentuates them.

here are some links


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RE: Would love to see your bathrooms (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: newdawn1895 on 04.21.2010 at 10:18 am in Home Decorating Forum

My upstairs bathroom.


upstairs bathroom


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Acid Stained Concrete Floor Photos

posted by: daisymc on 04.11.2010 at 08:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

These are the acid stained floor we just did in our new log home. This is the basement. They look like aged leather. Thought someone may be interested in looking.
We applied 3 colors. Used garden sprayers to apply, let dry for 8 hours, neutralized with a baking soda wash, and repeated the stain step. The next day we applied a sealer. Its a great cheap and fast way to transform concrete. Happy looking
1st Step Acid stained floor Stain after it dried, but before the baking soda wash.
Acid stain sealed After baking soda wash and sealer applied.
Stain after sealed Another with the sealer.


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rusted, flaking vintage metal lawn chairs??

posted by: karen64 on 04.02.2005 at 03:55 pm in Garden Accoutrements Forum

I was given some vintage metal lawn chairs, the kind from the 50's or 60's with the scalloped back, or seashell type back, and they are rusted and the rust is peeling to reveal yet more colorful paint underneath. They do not appear to have any corrosion since there are more layers of paint beneath. I'll try just about anything once within reason. Keeping that in mind, what would be a good method of removing enough of the rust and flaking paint to get me a smooth surface to work with so as to paint them anew. What is sandblasting, can I sandblast myself and do places like home depot rent them at a reasonable price? Is this the route you would go? Would a wire brush cause too much scratching? And then will I paint them pink or funky green,hmmmm? Thanks for your help! karen


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