5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

Your time is valuable - sometimes a tool will save you time and a whole lot of frustration. Here are my 5 must have tools or products that I'm never without: #1. Zinsser Spray Primer - once I discovered this, I started buying it by the case! Oh how I love thee, Zinsser! Not only does it do a fast job of priming but it is great at covering up stains that want to bleed through your paint. I should have used it on this NIGHTSTAND - it would have saved me so much time!   #2. 3M Sanding Sponges - yes please! These are versatile - you can buy them in different grits and they are so very handy for sanding in between coats of paint or around oddly shaped table legs and decor you want to distress, prep or just smooth out. I have a dozen of them in my painting supplies. It really came in handly when we had to redo my DD's ANTIQUE Continue reading

Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes

Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've written anything. I have a good excuse - if you are on my mailing list and you've read my past two emails, you know what I'm up to!     To make up for it, I'm going to share some of my research with you - It will save you some time if you are a DIY painter.   I spent a couple of hours researching chalky paint recipes and put together a one page PDF that you can reference if you are interested in making your own chalky paint.     As far as I'm concerned, Annie Sloan's is the best - BUT if you can't swing the price, you can always make your own. Jillian and I did and here is the result. We used the recipe that calls for baking soda.   You can get the recipe here along with 3 others. Just Continue reading