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Painting the inside of glass that will have liquid in it

Is there any way to paint or otherwise color the inside of a glass spray bottle that will have liquid (perfume) in it?
posted by ferdinandcc on Feb 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

How to paint all sides of small wooden things

I've got some small wooden pieces (from a board game) that I'd like to paint a different color. I'm unsure of how to accomplish this. There are too many to realistically hand-paint. The pieces don't weigh much and if I spray paint them, they're going to tumble around and end up with some paint on the bottom. (That means that they'll probably stick to whatever surface I try to dry them on). Same goes for dipping them in paint - I'm not sure how would I dry them afterwards. I feel like there has to be some ingenious solution that I'm just not thinking of. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
posted by chrisamiller on Aug 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Old house - trying to fix up dirty moldy medicine cabinet

Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things: 1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning? 2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution? 3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit? PHOTOS. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional? I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
posted by valannc on Jul 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Best way to fix hole on painted wall?

Oh crapsticks! What is the best way to fix a slightly gouged hole on a painted wall? [more inside]
posted by mooza on May 26, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I transform my bed into gold?

How can I transform my super old vintage painted cast iron bed into a rad shiny metallic aged gold bed in the least painful/expensive way possible? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Next up: how can I, at 5' tall, put up wallpaper without suffering a nervous breakdown?

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? D├ęcor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock?

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Mar 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Don't want my black clothes to turn orange...

Have you painted a closet a bright color? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

How to paint these metal pipes?

How to best paint these metal pipes in the toilet? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 answers

I'm a painter! (not)

How to paint my house? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on May 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Which should we pay for and which should we do ourselves?

DIY: is it easier to go a good DIY job painting walls (interior) or installing laminate floors? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 22, 2011 - 32 answers

It's raining...paint?

What is the most efficient way to paint over high gloss paint? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Mar 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Stuck indoors, how can I get a spray paint finish on glass object without dying form fumes?

I need to paint a bunch of glass candle holders, but don't want brush strokes and can only do this in my 1 bdrm apartment. I tried building a spray paint booth, but the fumes were intense and I still managed to get spray paint everywhere. Looking into airbrush or spray guns but they don't seem very safe for indoor use either. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Jan 26, 2011 - 25 answers

Delicious Homecooked Toys

Can I craft homemade toys out of casein? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last? [more inside]
posted by grar on Nov 3, 2010 - 4 answers

How to paint a 6' latex balloon to look like a jack-o-lantern?

I need to paint on a 6' ballon today (making Jack-o-lanterns for a party). What sort of paint should I use? Any helpful hints? These are going in a pool so the more waterproof, the better.
posted by mmmpage on Oct 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Stripping an early 19th century wood floor - your tips and tricks, please.

Stripping paint and varnish off a hardwood floor; your best practices? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Feb 12, 2010 - 9 answers

What's American for 'undercoat'?

Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Nov 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Dry erase/whiteboards walls and me?

My animation company is moving into our first real office and we want to make a very large "brainstorming wall" with a dry erase surface so that we can collaborate and share ideas more intuitively. [more inside]
posted by alexherder on Sep 25, 2009 - 13 answers

How much prep does painted paneling need?

Repainting already painted wood paneling - can I just slap on a new coat? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Aug 24, 2009 - 9 answers

What's the best way to remove wallpaper from plaster walls?

I'll be spending this coming weekend removing possibly several layers of painted-over wallpaper from 70-year-old plaster walls in my new house. Got any tips, tricks, secrets, or advice? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Aug 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Why is gloss or semi-gloss paint recommended for exterior house trim?

Why is gloss or semi-gloss paint recommended for exterior house trim? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Jul 20, 2009 - 8 answers

You get what you pay for... but how bad can it be?

We're moving into an apartment with some really heinous paint on the walls and ceilings. We're painting it ourselves so we're not stuck with an all-white apartment; help us do it on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Feb 27, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I fix my walls?

DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

this shouldn't take long

Got any advice for removing a gazillion layers of (probably lead) paint from a hundred-year-old banister, complete with an abundance of balusters? Oh, and a pocket door. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Nov 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Make my wall metallic please.

Can I use metallic paint on my wall to make a metallic surface which I then can use magnets to stick things on? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Nov 3, 2008 - 14 answers

Pimp my walls

The original wallpaper in my house was applied directly to the drywall. I'm guessing this is/was a pretty popular builder's trick, at least in the 80s (and oh, the horror of the peach and navy wallpapers), but even with careful scoring and steaming I am losing the very outer epidermis of the drywall paper in a lot of places. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jan 10, 2008 - 18 answers

DIY Filter

Should I paint my untreated pine shelves then assemble? Or assemble then paint? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Today's Tom Sawyer: Painting our picket fence

We are replacing a section of our white wood picket fence that someone's car hit and want to give the whole thing another coat of paint while we're at it so that the new section will blend in with the old section. What do we need to do? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Mar 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Where to find self-priming tile paint?

I've seen several DIY shows on BBC America where ceramic wall tiles are painted using products described as 'new' - within the last 5 years - tile primers followed by paint and more recently, self-priming tile paint applied directly to the tiles. I've searched DIY sites and googled extensively, but I've yet to find a source in the US.
posted by carriest on Apr 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Slacker seeks to aesthetically improve bicycle

What's the best quick-and-dirty way to change the colour of my bicycle? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Mar 23, 2006 - 23 answers

Removing paint from lathe plaster?

I have an old house with lathe plaster. There are rooms that have had peeling paint that just got painted over a few times in the distant past. I do not much like the way it looks, and I would like to expose the bare plaster and start fresh. Is there any way to remove all this paint? I do not want to sand the ceilings of such large rooms, as I feel I will get tired of that real easy. I have not seen any solvent that lists paint on plaster as an appropriate use. I am quite confident that the plaster itself is sound and uncracked. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope.
posted by thirteen on Dec 22, 2003 - 15 answers

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