Painting Tips

Preparation

Fill nail holes and wall dents with salt and cornstarch . Mix equal parts together and add a few drops of water to make a paste. The stiffer you make the paste, the fewer drips you will get.
Nail holes and wall dents can be filled with a mixture of white carpenter’s glue and baking soda . Mix them to make a paste.
Although white toothpaste will fill nail holes just fine, it has been reported to attract ants. More information

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Household Repairs

  • To tighten loose knobs on furniture, unscrew the knob and coat the screw with clear fingernail polish. Screw the knob back on while the polish is still wet, allowing it to harden inside the furniture.
  • Refinish small spots on a mirror where the backing has disappeared, spray them on the back with a silver metallic automobile paint. Apply several light coats, and seal it with a clear finish. More information
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Crafts Tips

Spray paint small items inside a box or paper bag to keep surrounding area clean.
When you want to save a newspaper clipping for posterity but don’t want it to turn yellow, neutralize the acid first. Make your own by adding two tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia to a quart of club soda. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan, and let the mixture in the set overnight in the refrigerator. Add clippings one at a time, letting each one soak for about an hour. As you remove clippings, place them between layers of white paper towels on a flat surface to dry them. More information…

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Furniture Care Tips

To tighten up wicker seats that have sagged, spray them with water or diluted lemon oil, then set them in the sun to dry. Oil the wicker for protection after it dries thoroughly.
To tighten loose knobs on furniture, unscrew the knob and coat the screw with clear fingernail polish. Then reattach the knobs and let the polish harden. More information

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Natural Dyes

Flowers, leaves, plants, spices, fruits and vegetables have been used for centuries to add color to raw wool, cloth, or paper. Some can even be used to dye hair or make inks, and women have used natural dyes as cosmetics for centuries.
RED can be obtained from red fruits (fresh or frozen) like cranberries or beets. Raspberries or strawberries create PINK. YELLOW comes from onion skins or bay leaves . BLUE can be obtained from blueberries. PURPLE comes from red cabbage leaves. Tea bags or coffee grounds will create TAN. GREEN is created from the skins of red onions. And there are many more possibilities. More information

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