Friday, August 19, 2011

Less is more

I bought a six pack of rollers for my painting project. My better half suggested that I use the plastic bag to store the roller in between coats. It worked. I only used half of the rollers for a long hallway, ceilings, the dining room and the living room. Not too shabby.

The paint on the roller stayed wet for a week. This is a great idea if you are painting a large size room by section like I am. I also stored those squares you slide across so you don't have to tape the molding. I only bought one package of refills and only used 1. I don't recommend this for brushes because I found that paint will clump up the bristles. I just cleaned my brushes in between uses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reutilizing Sheet Metal

Okay, I can't take credit for this one. My dad made this for me to make painting floor molding easier and faster to paint. It saves time and $$ on paint tape. Even though he's pretty handy around the house, I was skeptical but you know what it worked. He cut a rectangle shape piece from sheet metal he had lef tover in his garage. I think it's over a foot long.

He used white electrical tape to tape the end I would be holding to prevent cutting my hands. I tilted the sheet metal at a sharp angle then painted the molding on top. I had to hold it pretty tight against the bottom of the molding and I didn't get any paint on my carpet. Then you can flip over and paint the top of the molding and no white paint got on the wall either.

Genius. Thanks dad!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It's been too long...

Boy oh boy, has this summer been as busy for you as it has been for me? When the season gets warmer, there is so much to do. I've been so preoccupied with planting our first veggie garden which is finally producing lots of cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cantalopes, green peppers, roma tomatoes, and pumpkins for fall. Are you growing veggies or fruits this year?

Then when that project was finished it was time for our annual family vacation at the shore. Above is a picture that I took of the dunes. Aaaaa, nothing like rolling waves to refresh the soul.

And when we came home, I dove right into a project that I've been wanting to tackle for three years since we moved here. Painting the downstairs. Almost done but it's slow going when you have kids.

Now I can concentrate on what I love best. Writing, research, and photography. It's been too long since I've posted new ideas for repurposing and recycling. I can't wait to share more ideas that I have recently discovered with you.

Reusing Plastic Bedding Covers

I often felt guilty when I bought new sheets and comforters because of the packaging. Before I had kids I would keep them until they would pile up never knowing what to use them for, then my intolerance for clutter outweighed my guilt, I would end up throwing them away because they couldn't be recycled.

When I became a mom, my kids received toys with lots of pieces. Sometimes, I secretly suspect that some people purposefully gave my kids gadgets with lots of annoying noises and toys with lots of little parts to drive us crazy.

There wasn't much I could do about the noisy toys but I could tackle the clutter before we were buried in it. When I bought sheets for my son's toddler bed, I realized these sturdy plastic packages finally had a use. This package contains books and cartridges for an electronic reader. The bigger bags come in handy to contain games like Connect4, Chess/Checkers, etc. after the boxes disentigrate from heavy use. And when you're kids outgrow them, they can easily be displayed on a table for your next yard sale or go into the drop off box for Good Will, etc.