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.
"One of my favorite tips is to paint the crown and the trim the same color as the wall and I don't change the finish" says Boyd. He prefers a flat, matte wall surface for a more gallery-like ambiance. Especially when metallics are in the mix, as in Boyd's living room, you don't want shiny walls and shiny surfaces.
New York-based realist painter Dina Brodsky paints stunningly small landscapes and cityscapes often inspired by her travels via bicycle. The classically-trained artist features an astounding degree of detail in her works.
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.