Read Carol’s Examiner article for great tips and inspirational slide show

The summer sun has given way to falling leaves and a cool crispness in the air. This is the time of year that the colors of fall are celebrated.

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Just about everyone knows what a LEGO brick is; the colorful block that comes in various sizes geared to get kids to use their imagination as they create. The LEGO company was started in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, but it was in 1958 that the now famous LEGO brick was patented beginning a limitless trip to the many roads of boundless creativity using the simple bricks even into the busy technological age of today.

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photo by Lisbet Sporndly

photo by Lisbet Sporndly

The first Lego bricks were developed in the 1940’s

In 1949 the first plastic LEGO Automatic Binding Brick in four colors with four and eight studs was born. Packaging created to build specific LEGO play structures came in the 1950’s and by 1958 the LEGO brick was perfected into a more stable product that is what is still being sold and used today.

LEGO fans have grown up to create home decor and furnishings out of the fun bricks.

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reclaimedhome

Lego Wall project by Npire

Lego Wall project by Npire

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apartmenttherapy

LEGO bricks have been embraced by all ages, using them to create unique furnishings and even an entire house, inside and out. Imagine a home filled with color and imagination to invite conversation and creativity. Color invites happiness so what would promote happy living more than interesting and functional decor intricately fashioned out of the simplicity of LEGO bricks.

 

 

LEGO desk

Eric Harshbarger built desk

Eric Harshbarger built desk

With about 35,000 LEGO bricks the approximate 120 pound LEGO desk was created by Eric C. Harshbarger. Following a typical size desk the finished dimensions are 60 inches wide by 29.5 inches high and 30 inches deep. The colorful desk is fully functioning with seven drawers and even has a lid on top to open for a hole to accommodate cables to drop through.

 

 

LEGO Grandfather Clock

Eric Harshbarger with his clock

Eric Harshbarger with his clock

Eric C. Harshbarger steps out of the LEGO box creating life size and fully usable furnishings and mosaic art pieces. The amazing grandfather clock is set to tell time and stands tall in its colorful glory of red bricks with yellow brick accents.

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Lamp

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recycled art

Light up the home with colorful beauty repurposing LEGO bricks into a lamp that not only adds beauty to the decor’s furnishings but also makes its own unique statement as the light shines through the aligned LEGO brickwork.

 

 

 

LEGO Vases

Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery

Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery

Although the LEGO bricks are square, the vases showcase a curved silhouette that is pleasing to the eye as well as to the decor. Nathan Sawaya continues to wow fans with his amazing works of art created from LEGO bricks as a brick artist.

 

 

 

 

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James May inside his Lego House

James May inside his Lego House

Imagine stepping inside of a life size LEGO house one fantasized about building as a child. James May made it a reality when he accomplished building a full size, two floor high house out of LEGO bricks inside and out complete with a working shower and toilet in the bathroom.

 

 

 

 

LEGO Cello

Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya

Once the decor is complete add some soothing music playing a musical instrument crafted out of LEGO bricks. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya designed and built an actual sized cello that really plays music. Watch the cool video that takes you through his creative process of building the cello.

 

 

 

 

Perhaps one of the core reasons that LEGO has survived through generations of fun is that the company continues to stay in the Kristiansen family and is now run by the founders grandchild. LEGO thrives simply by one using their mind to have fun thinking and improvising in order to use their hands to creatively invent and build unique LEGO designs and structures.

Never stop thinking and using imagination and never be afraid to dance!

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A beautifully decorated abode is within reach for anyone. Just because you are on a tight budget should not deter from refreshing the abode with great redecorating ideas that can cost next to nothing. Have fun with the challenge of decorating the living room for less than $100.

A new floor plan using existing furnishings will instantly create a fresh decor.

Without spending a dime you can simply swap around the furniture to create an entire new appearance for an old room. Steal items from other rooms to use in the living room as new furnishing.

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colornspice

  • Play with new floor plan ideas on paper before you begin moving furniture around.
  • Open up a room by keeping the sofa but getting rid of a large chair or loveseat and swapping them for two lean chairs stolen from behind the dining table.
  • Try moving a console table from a wall to behind the sofa.Futoria Console

 

 

 

Paint is like a magic trick that will create a new decor with the flash of a brush.

Yes painting the entire room can get costly, but one can easily paint an accent wall in a trendy color to frame a sofa or dress the fireplace wall. With just a can of paint and creativity the living room can be dressed up in new fashion.

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kagozi

  • Accent one wall, the ceiling, or the trim by simply applying a new color.
  • Paint an old ugly lamp, change the shade and make it new.
  • Turn a worn table or cabinet into a new piece of furnishing with the swipe of a paintbrush.

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    houseandhomeew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add new excitement to the room with pattern.

Pattern can brighten a dull decor by adding new interest and excitement. Whether on the walls, or furnishings and accessories a pattern can cost effectively be a new welcome addition to freshening up the living room.flowers

  • Keep the wallpaper cost down by only applying it to one wall or use the ceiling as a fifth wall to make a unique statement.
  • The old sofa becomes a new piece of furnishing simply by adding new throw pillows in trendy patterns and colors.
  • Add a new area rug in a lively pattern to the seating area.
  • Change out a boring white lamp shade with a lovely patterned shade.
  • Turn an old piece of furniture into a designer piece of art by painting it in a fun pattern such as a plaid, argyle or floral.

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    ure.trendzona

 

 

 

 

 

Turn vintage finds into new designer furnishing.

Decor can be crafted from interesting discoveries. Sift through the attic and basement for item that have been forgotten and can be turned into new beautiful decor. Have fun visiting the yard sales and thrift shops, and even items tossed at the curb can be transformed into beautiful decor for way under budget.

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  • Grandpas old vintage suitcase can be now used as a one-of-a-kind end table.
  • Stack interesting books to instantly create a table by a chair.
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real simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • An old dresser can be transformed into a media cabinet for the living room.
  • Use pages from old magazines, coffee table books and even newspapers to mat and frame inexpensively to decorate the walls.wallcovering repurposed as art

 

 

 

 

Simply by redecorating the windows will add in new light and thrills to an old living room.

Heavy and expensive drapery does not equate to having a designer room. The windows are the eyes out to viewing the world so by keeping them simply decorated one can bring the beauty of the outdoors in to add to the decor.

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houzz

  • Keep windows simple with plain blinds in a wood tone or white that can be purchased readymade for standard sized windows.
  • Dress the windows with store bought standard sheers flowing from the ceiling to the floor. For privacy add an inexpensive roller shade behind the lovely sheers.

 

 

Remember that for a true designer look furnishings should not match but instead blend together, so creating a beautiful room for under $100 can be fun, easy and creative. Dress up a room for a new trendy look with exciting accessories and color. Add flowers and plants to bring in a bit of natural color and scents.

Money does not buy beauty; create your own decorative splendor and never be afraid to dance!

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The bedroom should be a room filled with décor to promote tranquility and comfort. It is the place that we can shut out the worries of the outside world. Parents seek peace by closing the door and instructing the family to give them some quiet if only for a few moments. The children’s bedrooms are where they can use their imagination to create an exciting world in which to read, play and study.

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The bedroom’s décor should mirror the personalities of the people seeking a refuge of comfort.

The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom. A headboard frames the head of the bed and becomes a major focus for the room’s decor. Instead of purchasing an ordinary headboard that is not unique to your personality create a surround for your pillows that will assist in taking you off to dream land.

Create a custom designer headboard easily by repurposing objects, using fabrics and pain. 

  • Old wooden doors or shutters are perfect to repurpose and use behind the bed. Paint them and attach to wall or stand a few vertically on the floor to be used as a headboard.

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    pinterest

  • Folding screens are perfect to use as headboards. Simply open up a screen flat and attach it to the wall for lovely décor to rest the pillows on.
  • Repurpose Grandma’s old tri-fold vanity mirror; paint the frame and attach it to the wall as a headboard to make your own designer piece to be envied.

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    buildhboard.com

  • Scour the estate sales for a beautiful large fireplace surround that can be repurposed and fashioned to use as a headboard when attached to the wall behind the bed.
  • Turn a plain piece of cheap plywood into a sleek, contemporary headboard. Sand it, stain it, seal it, and place it behind the bed.
  • Group ribboned fabric bulletin boards in a horizontal row attached to the wall behind the bed to make a lovely headboard and serves as a place to place notes and photos.

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    itsy-bits-and-pieces.blogspot.com

  • Attach tall wood wainscot on the wall behind the bed and trim it with molding and paint or stain it.
  • Use a quilt or pretty area rug to hang on the wall behind the bed.
  • Create your own easy upholstered headboard look by simply attaching upholstered square sections to the wall.

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    beds-headboards.net

Create the illusion of a headboard on the wall behind the bed.

  • Paint a picture of a headboard or use a stencil on the wall where the head of the bed resides.wall stencil, thirtyduo.blogspot
  • Frame fabric or wall paper on the wall inside molding to present the bed.

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    chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com

Take delight in creating a fun headboard with kids for their own rooms.

  • Buy a section of picket fence, paint or stain it, and use it for your headboard. This looks great in a child’s room.

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    curbly.com

  • Is your young one a sports buff; use baseball bats or hockey sticks glued together to create a headboard.

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    4.bp.blogspot.com

Give the prince or princess or King and Queen a dream canopy bed

  • Simply hang some fabric, tapestry, or sheet draped from ceiling nailed in at all four corners of bed.
  • Run fabric on the wall behind the bed to the ceiling. Place a rod to hold fabric where ceiling meets the wall then drape the fabric over the bed finishing it attached to another rod.

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    diynetwork.com

  • Attach curtain rods to the ceiling around all four sides of the bed. Hang curtains draped in each corner.
  • Be creative; try draping fabric in different ways to create your own canopy design.

Have a great time viewing me as I discuss great decorating tips in the other videos in my eHow series “Ideas for Home Decorating

Sink into your bed surrounded by the beautiful decor. Take a moment to let the day’s stresses melt away and drift off into dreamland. Never be afraid to dance!

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Wall decals have grown up to be wonderful decor to dress the walls, even in the most elegant of homes. Since they do not damage walls they make the perfect option if you enjoy switching the decor or live in a rental or dorm room. RoomMates manufactures a wide variety of beautiful and easy to use home décor products that install easily and will beautify the abode within minutes.

RoomMates wall decals come in many styles, sizes and finishes to please all ages.

The easy peel and stick RoomMates are removable and reusable wall decals that stick to practically any surface that is smooth to the touch, even on wallpapered walls. Be creative using them on “walls, ceilings, doors, windows, mirrors, furniture, chalkboards, window shades, desks… even vehicles!”  RoomMates feature an array of amazing designs from traditional to modern for grownups and popular characters for the little ones. They even allow for a customizing option to create your own peel and stick wall decor from a favorite photo, character, pattern, artwork or by using a template and creativity.

The RoomMates decal products are very easy to install and remove within minutes.

Wait at least two weeks after painting or wallpapering to apply wall decals and make sure that the surface is smooth to the touch.

  • Fully clean the surface prior to application.
  • The designs come on a liner sheet with already pre-cut pattern pieces that have self adhesive. Depending on the choice of pattern installing the decal is as easy as following numbers.
  • To remove and store the decals simply remove carefully from the surface and place it back on the liner for safe keeping.

Special technology makes for no mess or damage, and most RoomMates products can be reused!

“RoomMates wall decals use a special adhesive that grips the wall tightly, but doesn’t form a bond. When the sticker is removed, it lifts easily from the wall without residue or damage. This technology also allows the decals to be used again at a new location without reducing the quality of their performance.”

Not just decals, RoomMates offers many other wall decor options to beautify the home.

With wallpaper & borders, peel and stick mirrors, XL wallpaper murals, clocks and Magic Hooks, one can make over any room within minutes into an entire new decor simply by peeling and sticking. Dorm rooms can now be transformed from ugly concrete blocks to beautiful walls easily and safely without harming walls.

  • Adorn the wall with a favorite quote to inspire all who enter the room.
  • Dress a wall with mirrors without the need of a hammer and nails.
  • Have fun dressing the abode to celebrate the holidays and seasons.

With the RoomMates beautiful decor choices there is a design for everyone to choose from to create a beautiful home with. Have fun swapping decor as the seasons change or surprise a household member with a new room decor for their birthday. The peel and stick options create a great opportunity for decorating any abode.

Peel and stick your way to lovely walls that express who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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The super hero of the home needs his décor as much as the abode’s super heroine. For a woman a posh walk-in closet or a huge master suite and spa bathroom of her own is often an ultimate dream décor, but more times than not, when men are questioned about what their fantasy abode is, they wish for a décor that will emulate a masculine appointed secret haven to escape to.  Whether a single’s pad or a garage, basement, attic, outdoor patio or the corner of a room, any space can be imagined into the décor fitting for a man to get in touch with his super hero identity.real cave, modernmancave

The first step to achieving a perfect man cave is to have a plan in place.

Prepare a floor plan of the room(s) or area that will be set aside for the private cave for the male to call home. With a measuring tape, graph paper, and a pencil one can easily measure and place on paper a scaled layout of the space or spaces that are to be allocated for the man cave. Once the walls are in place the decor can be decided upon and furnishings can be chosen to be positioned perfectly to scale into the drawn space.

Decide on a decor theme that will make up a comfortable dream cave.

Favorite hobbies are an ideal theme for designing the ultimate cave decor in which to call home.  The man cave’s décor should encompass the hero of the home’s hidden secret powers to make the cave a showcase of his dreams.

  • Sports centralmultiple tvs, swflcalclosets.wordpress
  • Recording studio.records, game room, tueholm.theblender.dk
  • Artist hideaway.
  • Car showroom.epicmancave.net
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  • Game room.basementfininshingohio
  • Master chef de cuisine.
  • Graffiti master.
  • To complete the ideal man abode one should choose the furnishings that will perfectly fit the space.

    Furnishings are meant to add comfort to the abode’s inhabitants. A list of dream decor items should be easy to come by since they have probably been floating in one’s head every time one drifts off into dream land or buys a lottery ticket.

    • A large flat screen TV.
    • The ultimate audio system.
    • A fully stocked bar.
    • Billiard table.
    • Card table.

    In addition to the media surround sound, bar or game tables, other furnishings are necessary to make the space complete for comfort and entertaining the male pals visiting with envy. Furnishings that are easily cleanable should be considered in order to not worry about spillage and instead be able to concentrate on enjoyment.

    Flooring

    • Concrete floors

    Floors in basements and garages can be painted with a fun color or pattern in high gloss enamel and a polyurethane top coat. Consider painting the floor in a design that follows the theme of the decor like a baseball diamond or a race track.

    • Tile floors will work well in any room.

    Tiles come in arrays of sizes, patterns, materials and colors that can fit any decor theme.

    • Laminate floors can look wonderful.

    Make sure laminate flooring is not placed anywhere that moisture may be an issue, such as a basement.

    • Engineered wood.

    The engineered manufactured wood creates a rich look and is hardy to work in most locations.

    • Use an area rug to place in the seating area.

    Rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, or replaced when needed. For a garage, roll the rug up when you need to move the car in. Rugs made specifically for the outdoor elements can be left outside for the outdoor decorated man escape space.

    Seating and accent pieces. garage, xaxor

    Use imagination to create a wonderful decor with seating and decor centered around a favorite theme. Ultra creative souls may want to build their own furnishings or find unique items that have been crafted specifically for special interests making them not only usable furnishings but also wonderful art statements as well.

    • Skateboarders can design a wall or tabletop crafted from tiles by Art of Board that have been made from recycled skateboards.huntvalley
    • Avid bikers and bicyclists can shop at Bike Furniture Design for amazing chairs and tables built from actual parts of bicycles and motorcycles.loveseat07_52wt
    • Car fanciers can find sofas and chairs that are actually designed and built out of recycled car seats and an automobile’s body. Auto wheels and engines can be used as table bases. Build a table yourself by polishing or painting them first and then use glass for the table top. Vehicles can be used to build an interesting bar as well. Tool cabinets are perfect to be repurposed for storage.blog.ucda.ca car bar, ballerhouse
    • Sports fans will enjoy watching a game sitting in an old rescued stadium seat. Chairs and sofas can be made using baseball bats, hockey sticks, or skis for the surround and adding upholstery for comfortable seating.old theater seats, flickr
    • Studious sorts may enjoy a sofa surround or bar crafted from books with books also repurposed to be used as shelves floating on the wall.book desk, cubeme
    • Hair enthusiasts will find that antique barber chairs can make for comfortable seating and old fashioned male gossip.barber chairs, blog.blinds

    Comfortable seating pieces come together when using the right upholstery fabric choices.

    Leather comes in many colors other than black and also works well when used as a mate with another fabric. Make sure that the leather is not hard and stiff and that you will be able to sink into the seat. Animal skins can be fun for benches or rugs as well. Use an animal hide as a throw on a sofa.

    Crypton fabrics are perfect for super hero abodes being impervious to most spills and will last through almost anything. These fabrics are a great choice and come in many patterns and types of fabric including plush chenille.

    Fashion fabrics make good choices. When deciding on a fabric one can simply choose a fabric that a man commonly wears, such as wools, tweeds and denim.

    Be artistic and think outside of the ordinary by using a Native American woven blanket for upholstery or an interesting rug.

    No room to allocate, then decorate a small corner to call one’s own mini cave.

    Choose a massage chair that will give one soothing personal attention. Add a privacy screen that when in place everyone understands that you are not to be disturbed. Use an end table with built in hidden refrigerator next to the chair and keep a pair of personal earphones close by to plug in and close out the world around to enjoy a moment of man cave peace.

    Whether one lives alone or with a gaggle of family or roommates, most dream of having the perfect decorated space to escape to in their home. Women might tend to opt for the dream shoe closet, but men speak about having their fantasy cave, much like Batman’s cool abode, when questioned about their choice of what their perfectly appointed desired room would be.

    Have fun creating the cave of your dreams and never be afraid to dance!

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    Just as wearing some newly purchased fashion adds a sparkle to one’s life, adorning the abode with new decor will invite new excitement into one’s day to day life. Redecorating an entire home is not always an option; the project may be too huge to undertake and costs could be prohibitive. Paint is the perfect cost effective option to turn the old decor easily into a new beautiful home that will bring renewed happiness and beauty to one’s surroundings

    Almost everything in the decor can be transformed with paint.

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    dutch boy

    Think beyond the walls and create a new decor painting floors, cabinetry, furniture, and even lampshades and accessories. Even fabric sofas and drapery can be changed into a new appearance with paint. Paint using a single color or multiple colors for a fun look. Use creativity to paint a piece with colors layered or a faux finish.

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    urbanrevivals.com

    Faux painting is a wonderful option and is also a perfect way to hide imperfect walls and surfaces.

    You can find easy to follow instructions online at sites such as Benjamin Moore, and Valspar Paint to create a beautiful faux finish for your abode. Have fun researching ideas and using your imagination to invent techniques such as using wood glue mixed with paint to achieve a weathered look.

    An entire new decor can be fashioned with the many options that faux painting offers:

    • Faux marble

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      acanthedesign.com

    • Venetian plastering

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      dutch boy

    • Color washing
    • Ageing & distressing
    • Wood grainingIMG_1022
    • Ragging & stippling
    • Dragging
    • Sponge painting
    • Spatter painting
    • Terracotta
    • Liming
    • Brick, tile and stone

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      designonline.com

    • Stenciling

    Start by collecting the supplies needed in order to set up your painting project.

    The items needed for a professional looking project to be completed are a drop cloth, rags for cleanup, a cloth and white spirit to pre clean surfaces, light sand paper or sanding block to prepare surfaces for paint, ESP (Easy Surface Preparation) to prepare surface if covering mica, wood filler or putty, putty knife, a screwdriver to remove hardware, primer (light if painting light color or dark for painting darker colors), paint, polyurethane for top coat, paint brush or foam roller (foam rollers are great because they are made to use on surfaces where a very smooth finish is required) and paint thinner for cleanup if using oil based paints.

    Beginning your project.

    When painting the room’s walls move all furnishings away from the walls. Place drop cloths over furnishings when painting the ceiling. If painting furniture or accessories place them in the center of a drop cloth.

    Use an extra bit of attention to details when prepping for painting.

    Remove any hardware from cabinetry and furniture.

    • When your project is completely dry you will have the option to put the same hardware back or purchase new hardware to create a totally fresh look. to conserve funds consider painting the existing hardware in a contrasting color for a new appearance.

    Clean down the item being painted

    • Use white spirit (if you are not sure what to use ask at your local hardware store) to clean surfaces to be painted.

    Sanding is important to prep the surface.

    • Make sure to sand lightly, evenly, and smoothly. You can use a small hand sander if you have one available. For mica surfaces use the ESP instead of sanding to bond the paint.

    Fill in any holes and deep scratches.

    • Hole can be smoothed away using wood filler raised to slightly above the surface. Let dry and sand the filler so it is flush with the surface.

    Time for fun and excitement, and paint!

    There are different types of paint to choose from.

    • Water based acrylic paints are easy to use, dry fast, and clean up with water.
    • High Gloss oil based paints are much more durable and create a smoother more professional finish. A paint thinner will be needed for oil paint cleanup.
    • Paint with primer built in is quick and easy but may not be the best choice for some faux techniques.

    Paint on a primer first that is best suited for the type of paint you have decided to use.

    The primer is applied first in order to help the paint to adhere. You might want a couple of coats for coverage. After the primer is dry you can add your color.

    You will be painting a few coats to achieve your finished product.

    Paint in thin coats to prevent drips and make sure to brush up any drips before they dry. Let the paint dry between coats (between coats of oil based paints or primers a paint brush can be stored in a zip lock bag inside of the freezer. The brush could stay there for days without allowing the paint on it to dry). It is important to sand lightly (220 grain) between each coat so the paint will adhere well. Be sure to remove any sanding dust before additional paint is applied. Apply a second coat and a third (if needed).

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    tlc.howstuffworks

    For furnishings, cabinetry, counter tops and floors apply a top coat of clear polyurethane to finish the job.IMG_1007

    Whether painting your piece in a faux finish or single color paint, finishing with a top coat of clear polyurethane will provide a more resilient finish for your painted furnishing. It is not as necessary to paint polyurethane for walls. Make sure paint is completely dry before placing on any hardware and returning furniture for use. Paint instructions will give the recommended curing time.

    Have fun placing the newly painted furnishings in your newly painted abode. Add some great new finds such as new window treatments, pillows, bedding and accessories to enhance the freshly painted rooms and furniture to complete your new redecorated abode. Be proud, you accomplished a great project to literally live in and show off to guests, who are sure to be envious of the beautiful new decor.

    Paint a smile on your face and never be afraid to dance!

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