Painting Basics: Prep Your Brush and Roller

Here's a new painting basics tip from my DIY hubby (who also happens to be a professional painting contractor!)  From Tim: This tip is actually called "setting your roller/brush" and is something you may have never heard of or even thought about doing. Let me tell you the benefits first and then we can move into the how-to. When … [Read more...]

Painting 101: How to Care for Your Brushes

  I am so excited to have my DIY hubby share some painting basics with my readers. Y'all, I told him to write like he was explaining it to me.  You know, simple. No big words allowed. Painting 101: How to Care for Your Brushes From Tim: One of the most time consuming elements of a painting project is clean up, especially … [Read more...]

Frugal Tips for a DIY Kitchen Makeover

  My DIY hubby and I were talking recently about our bathroom project (gutting everything but the tub and toilet) and we realized something about our style of DIY. We don't have any idea of what we're doing! We are aware there's a problem, but there is no grand plan to our method (or madness!) We're more a "fly by the seat of your … [Read more...]

How to Avoid a Paint Can Mess

My DIY husband is back with a request to help a reader avoid a paint can mess. You'll love this easy and efficient tip from a professional painter.  From Tim: Let's talk about that paint can.  Many of you may have heard of putting a layer of plastic wrap over the opening before tapping the lid down.  Not a bad idea, but not … [Read more...]

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I'm so happy to be sharing another of our Ask Tim posts on how to paint kitchen cabinets. I love it when a reader says, "I know this question is more up Tim's alley than Marty's!" If she only knew my husband doesn't let me anywhere near tools or sharp objects. I'm not allowed to buy electrical items at yard sales without plugging them in … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

From Marty: I'm so excited to finally be sharing our DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! With all the seasonal projects I've been working on (both Christmas and Valentine's Day) I was waiting until I had enough time to devote to this post. So here it is from my handy hubby Tim! Tim: Let me start by saying that this project is not for everyone, … [Read more...]

How to Repair Pet Damaged Walls

Today's Ask Tim question is from our friend Kim: Can you tell me how to repair pet damaged walls? image source HEY KIM! Usually animal scratches are pretty localized and, therefore, easy to fix. Spackle Take a course sanding block (or sandpaper) and go over the damage just to get rid of any high spots and debris.  Do a quick … [Read more...]

Exterior Painting Tips

Just in case you wondered, no this is not our beach house! We don't have a beach house. Or a beach camper. Or even a patch of sand to call our own. Nothing. Nada. Whew! On to the next Ask Tim question! My friend Wendy, my college roommate for 1 1/2 years, asks Tim for some exterior painting tips. What's the longest lasting and best paint … [Read more...]

Painting Fabric Furniture: Ask Tim

I haven't put together an Ask Tim post in a few weeks so here's the latest question for my DIY hubby. Thoughts/tips on painting fabric? I painted a couch because I found it on a do-it-yourself blog and it looks beautiful but feels horrible!   image from Spraypainting.Org.Uk From Tim: I have never thought about painting … [Read more...]

Peeling Wallpaper Tips: What to Do? Ask Tim!

Here's the latest question about peeling wallpaper for my DIY/fixer upper husband: How about what to do with peeling wallpaper in the bathroom?  Should I invest in wallpaper glue or can I just stick it back with Elmer's?  Same question with linoleum that is peeling up from the edges allowing water to seep to the floorboards underneath. … [Read more...]

Tile and Grout Repair

Today's Ask Tim question for my guru fix-it hubby Tim involves tile and grout repair: What can you do when the grout around tile on the wall is cracked and/or the tile is loose? Do you have to replace everything?     Good question and a bit outside my area of expertise, but I have seen guys chunk out a piece of bad or cracked tile … [Read more...]

Textured Ceiling Removal: Ask Tim

Recently, Tim and I talked about his having a somewhat regular column on my blog. He has consented to answer questions my readers and others might have about DIY home repair, painting (his business), products and anything else you might be curious about! Tim's first question from a reader: I have a large long living room 14x28 and a … [Read more...]

How to Chalk Paint Furniture

  We now have a major love of chalk painting as seen in our mason jar chandelier, small kitchen buffet and this amazing china hutch makeover. Stay tuned for all the details from my DIY hubby on how to chalk paint furniture. When my parents moved into a nursing home I became the recipient of my mom's china hutch, circa 1970's. I … [Read more...]

How to Patch and Repair Drywall

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know of the many home improvements we've made over this past year. My DIY hubby is the engineer, builder, fixer and brains behind the projects. I just send him pics of what I like and we go from there. He tells me what he thinks will work and I bat my eyelashes to get what I want. No, … [Read more...]