Any do-it-yourselfer is likely to have an extra roll of painter’s tape sitting around somewhere in the house. Use the tape as a place holder by cutting its ends into a flag shape with scissors and scribing guests’ names with markers and paint pens. Next, adhere the tape to paper before placing on top of the table.
Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks, loves painter’s tape because it’s sticky, easy to tear and doesn’t leave a residue. She has used it to label leftovers and clothes, create race tracks on the floor and even fix ripped diaper tabs. When traveling, it’s also great for covering electrical outlets and taping drawers shut in hotel rooms.
Wade likes inexpensive pine furniture, like these Adirondack chairs, for outdoors. Maintenance is surprisingly easy: keep a good coat of a high-end UV protectant, high-enamel paint or finish including a primer and two top coats on your furniture to help even inexpensive materials last longer.
The artwork nestled in the tiny wall niche next to the bed was chosen not just for its coordinating colors and geometric patterns, but also for its perfect size and shape. Local Truckee, Calif. painter Carole Sesko, who also did the artwork in the adjacent guest bathroom, created this piece using acrylic paint and mixed media.
If you’re hosting or headed to a house warming, dripping paint bucket floral arrangements might be the perfect fit. Pick up an empty aluminum paint bucket from the home improvement store, lay out a drop cloth along a long, flat surface, then use a turkey baster to add a dripping effect from the opening of the bucket to the bottom. Let the paint dry for about three to four hours, then use a utility knife to cut any paint buildup from the drop cloth.
Plastic paint palettes that can be found at craft stores make for great individual decoration trays. This is a great way to give kids their own set of supplies and keep arguments over the sprinkles to a minimum!
Similar to using a quarter to show the scale of an object in a photograph, the juxtaposition of any color against white will ensure its proper tonal values read clearly. When looking over paint samples at home, try laying them out on a white surface or the lightest surface in the room like this marble tile.
Many new-construction homes feature tray ceilings, a feature which many homeowners are stumped as to how to highlight. In this bedroom, the walls were painted with a wet-look effect, as well as a slight change in color from the walls to the ceiling.
For the Pilgrims, corn wasn’t yellow and sweet, but more of a colorful affair, much like these ears. The colonists dried the kernels on the cobs, later pounding the dried corn into meal or flour. Corn was a part of nearly every meal in some form. ‘Painted Mountain’ is a high yielding corn developed in Montana from over 1,000 strains of commercial corn and that grown by Native Americans. It tolerates drought and cold, yielding in a short growing season.