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Must Have Paint Tools, 5 Organizational Tips, Dryer Fires, Fighting the Winter Blues
In this episode, Betsy and Dan discuss 3 Surefire Decorating Fails (and, of course, how to avoid them!). In every decorating project there are certain things that can trip us up, wreak havoc with our plans, or just complicate everything we’re trying to accomplish. These are common pitfalls. But the good news is that they’re remarkably easy to avoid!
- Mistake 1: Choose Your Paint First! (0:50)
- Mistake 2: Go All “Matchy-Matchy” With Your Colors (6:06)
- Mistake 3: Keep Something That Doesn’t Fit With Your Style! (13:40)
- Fix 1: Paint It! (16:03)
- Fix 2: Strip It! (19:54)
- Tip: Use a Heat Gun (23:33)
- Tip: Strip Painted Hardware in a Crock Pot! (23:58)
- Fix 3: Repurpose It! (27:16)
Choose Your Paint Last!
We were pretty clear about the importance of choosing your paint last. Still, we have a number of resources on our blog that speak to this point. And here they are for your reading pleasure!
- Off on the Blueberry Pie Tangent (The Order of Decorating, Part 1)
- Taking the Confusion Out of Decorating (The Order of Decorating, Part 2)
The Crockpot Solution!
At one point, Betsy referenced a Crockpot solution for removing paint from painted hardware. And, of course, there was a bit of a discussion as to the right methods to use: is it plain water brought to a boil? Or do you add vinegar. Dan thought vinegar made sense. Betsy thought just water. Turns out, Betsy was more right (which, by contract, Dan is forced to admit).
Anyway, the process is simple:
- Get an OLD Crockpot that you intend NEVER to use again for food!!!
- Put water and a little liquid laundry detergent in along with the hardware and set the Crockpot to medium.
- Let it “cook” overnight.
- In the morning, you should be able to peel the layers of paint off with your fingers.
Did you know that on average, a mom can spend up to 5 months of her life doing laundry per child! On today’s episode, Betsy and Dan talk about how the right color–used in the right spots–can help you make your laundry room a better–possibly even happier–place to be.
- The Thrilling (Depressing) News Article about Laundry! (0:48)
- The Importance of Color in Decorating (4:00)
- A Brief Overview of the Psychology of Color (4:24)
- Choose Color Based on Your Goals for the Room: (6:17)
- Great Colors for Laundry Rooms (6:50)
- How To Bring Color Into Your Room
- Put the Color on the Walls (7:30)
- Tips for Working With Yellow in Your Decorating: (9:32)
- Put the Color on the Cabinets (12:11)
- Bring in Unexpected “Pops” of Color (16:22)
- Put the Color on the Walls (7:30)
Betsy’s Color Recommendations
As we mentioned in the episode, Betsy pulled some Benjamin Moore colors that she thinks would be perfect in a laundry room. We’ve included each color with a combination of other colors recommended by Benjamin Moore. Use these for inspiration for your laundry room. And be sure, as Betsy mentioned in the episode, to come and see the colors in person–the actual chip will probably look quite a bit different from the color you see on the screen!
Welcome to Color Me Home! This week Betsy and Dan discuss how you can make sure that the next colors you choose are colors you love! See, in our first episode we talked about ways to find inspiration for your next color scheme. That’s all well and good, but finding interesting, intriguing color schemes is one thing . . . finding colors you LOVE is a little different. Today, we’re going to discuss some concepts that you can use to make sure that the next gallon of paint you purchase looks perfect in your home.
- The Color Folder/Portfolio (0:50)
- Online Tools (7:00)
- Schedule Yourself Time so You Don’t Have to Rush! (10:40)
- Brush Out Some Larger Samples (16:24)
- Don’t Forget About Your Lighting! (24:46)
- The Danger (and Importance) of Asking for Opinions (35:30)
Some Great Blog Posts That Delve Into the Topics Discussed Today!