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Out, damned spot!

What the heck are these little red spots on my walls? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

How do you make Victorian white look less pink?

We are in the midst of a kitchen renovation project, and our cabinets arrived. We ordered victorian white, which looked off white in the showroom, but now that it's in our kitchen the cabinets have a pinkish hue. Pink was not what we were looking for. We're doing absolute black honed granite counter tops, and are trying to decide on what color to paint the room and ideas for the backsplash. Here's a link to a picture of the cabinets. The question: how can we subdue, or neutralize the pinkish hue?
posted by teddyb109 on Jul 28, 2010 - 14 answers

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger.

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jul 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Pet-safe & waterproof concrete sealant?

Are there any pet-safe, waterproof sealants/paints/etc that can be used to coat a flaking concrete/terracotta water fountain? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Jul 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Hardly shabby chic

My rental house's paint is peeling and generally looks incredibly shabby. My landlord said (verbally) when we moved in last July that he planned to paint it in a few months. A year later, it still hasn't been done. I've asked for updates several times and he says it's on the top of his list but temperature/weather have gotten in the way. Other than that I don't have anything in writing. Complication: his wife is hospitalized with stage IV cancer. He's notified tenants of this as a reason why he's less than responsive lately. Other than the painting issue, he's a great person/landlord. Should I press the issue? If so, what can I do? I'm really torn because his reasons are valid, but my house looks so bad at this point that I'm embarrassed to have guests over.
posted by emilyd22222 on Jun 22, 2010 - 40 answers

Would you recomend "paint on screen" or "screen goo" for a projector setup?

Have you used "paint on screen" or "screen goo" with your home theater projector? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor on Jun 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Garage floor paint/epoxy/etc cost?

Homeowner question - How much should I expect to pay for a professional contractor to epoxy coat (paint, stain, etc) my garage floor? [more inside]
posted by Dave. on Jun 1, 2010 - 11 answers

What's a good way to label keys?

What's a good way to label keys? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on May 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me buy a birthday present for my F 150 truck

I want to buy my F150 truck a birthday present: a good polishing inside and out. [more inside]
posted by looknevada on May 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Should we treat paint with detectable but legally acceptable levels of lead as lead paint when repainting?

What precautions do we need to take in painting a house with paint that is mostly below (but some above) the legal definition of lead paint? Is the legal definition meaningful? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Stripping Glue

What equipment and chemicals do I need to strip carpet glue and paint off of a cement/concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Apr 27, 2010 - 7 answers

NYC subway station paint stain removal

Stain removal help: What kind of paint do they use on the columns of the NYC subway? (General industrial-paint-stain-removal-but-safe-for-clothes tips appreciated as well.) [more inside]
posted by mr frosted on Apr 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Best way to remove textured paint?

What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [more inside]
posted by different on Mar 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Please recommend a good painter and decorator in South West London!

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Mar 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Help my awesomely painty jeans stay that way

How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I paint my bathroom once and for all?

How can I paint my bathroom once and for all? My steamy showers seem to obliterate paint. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Mar 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Sanding and re-gessoing a large canvas: advice, tips and tricks?

Sanding and re-gessoing a large canvas: advice, tips and tricks? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Mar 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Remove years-old splattered paint from stained wood trim without damaging the finish?

How does one remove years-old splattered paint from stained wood trim without damaging the finish? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld on Feb 23, 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

Help me paint my new shoe black.

Help me paint my new shoe black. [more inside]
posted by stlboi on Feb 4, 2010 - 8 answers

What's the best method for adding color to metal?

What's the best method for adding color to metal without it chipping off? I have some brass flowers like these that I want to color but I have no idea where to start.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Perfect paint color for a walk-in closet?

We are going to be repainting our master closet pretty soon and are considering new colors to use. Is there such a thing as an ideal wall/ceiling color for a closet--something that won't change the appearance of the colors of the clothing or cast weird glows in the room? I seem to recall that a lighter shade of gray is good for this purpose, but I'm not finding any decent writing to support that notion. The closet is 5 ft. by 11 ft. with a 9 ft. ceiling, lit by two CFLs. The adjacent rooms are in a light yellowy color (shown on the wall in the picture on this random blog post) with white trim. I guess there's always white? Any advice or links would be appreciated!
posted by jroybal on Jan 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Decorative graffiti

Art filter: I'm thinking about using spray paint to decorate the walls of a shop. I've never done this before, please help! [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me stain or paint my ikea desk

I want to stain (ideally) or paint (less good) my ikea wood veneer desk. How can I best do this? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Dec 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Does EMF-responsive paint exist?

I'm looking for a material I'm not sure exists. I want a plastic (or even better, a paint) that glows (at all) in response to being in an electromagnetic field. [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Dec 13, 2009 - 22 answers

Paint to go with Bamboo floor?

Decor Filter : What colors of paint go with blond bamboo flooring? [more inside]
posted by marlys27 on Dec 3, 2009 - 12 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

Please help me repair natural slate tile.

Please help me repair natural slate tile. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Nov 19, 2009 - 3 answers

The Blunderbus needs a makeover.

Where can I paint a bus? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Relocation relocation relocation of an interior design article

Interior/exterior design memory loss: a few months ago I was casually flipping through one of the many interior design magazines on the shelf at Borders and saw an article about an amazing place that I'd love to find more details about. Unfortunately I was distracted and don't remember many details... [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady on Oct 28, 2009 - 0 answers

Do Canadians think about paint in terms of gallons, or some other measurement?

Is paint commonly sold in gallon containers in Canada? When Canadian people think about painting something, do they think about how many gallons they will need, or do they think of paint in terms of liters? (1. Tried googling, but I'm not doing it right. 2. I'm writing a word problem, if you must know.)
posted by 23skidoo on Oct 14, 2009 - 16 answers

Seeking the Uber-Sharpie

Ultra-permanent marker (more permanent than Sharpie Industrial, on soft rubbery plastic)? Alternately: paint or coating that's very strong AND very soft-thin-flexible? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Oct 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Is magnetic paint worthwhile or just a gimmick?

How should I display my collection of travel magnets? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Oct 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Can I use software to paint with my voice?

Can I use software to paint with my voice? I'm a High School teacher, but not an art teacher, and I've had an idea for an artwork project in but I don't know whether it is possible. [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar on Oct 1, 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 to hard coat a baby crib?

We're expecting in late November, and we just received a very nice, slightly used crib from my cousin. Before giving it to us, my aunt and uncle gave it a fresh coat of paint, but the top layer chips off a bit too easily for my liking. The last thing I want is for our baby to get a mouthful of paint chips when he's big enough to pull himself up and chew on the rail. What kind of coating can I put on the crib to ensure a hard, baby-safe finish?
posted by bjork24 on Sep 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Owning hip out of gamut pigment will make me cooler than you

Can I buy International Klein Blue pigment/paint? If so, where, and what form would it come in? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Aug 31, 2009 - 6 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 your favorite place to buy artists' canvas in NYC?

What's your favorite place to buy artists' canvas in NYC? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Aug 14, 2009 - 4 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

Patching and Painting a Fiberglass Sailboat?

I accidentally bought an old 12' sailboat this morning. How do I repair and paint the fiberglass? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Aug 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Lead testing next steps

My wife and I recently had some lead testing done in our apartment which turned up some very high levels. Now we are trying to figure out what to do next. Issues involving lead testing, abatement, leases and tenancy inside. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld on Jul 31, 2009 - 12 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

Wagner any good? Not THAT Wagner.

Anyone have any experience with Wagner Paint Sprayers? [more inside]
posted by te1contar on Jul 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Sign painting help.

Anyone have any tricks or tips on how to paint a large sign/mural on the exterior of a building? I need help on how to get the image on the wall, which is roughly 20ft by 100ft. [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt on Jun 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me figure out if my watch is radioactive.

Is my watch hot? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jun 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Less chalkboard, more paint.

Chalkboard paint vs. matte dark latex paint: what's the difference? I know chalkboard paint has fine grit in it but is it necessary? Does the chalk come off easier?
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Housepainters in Toronto? Suggestions?

Torontofilter: Any recommendations for indoor painting companies? [more inside]
posted by jennyhead on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Flowers in the Attic, without, you know, THAT.

We're finishing an attic to use as a living space. Said attic is ~400 sq ft and has sash windows and skylights, and Mr. desjardins is going to put white beadboard paneling around the walls. The floor is old, dark wood in bad shape, but we do not have time/money to sand/refinish. What colors should we paint the paneling and floor? The walls angle in dramatically so I don't want to feel claustrophobic. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Wrong time for expensive house maintenance?

Getting the exterior of my house painted: A dumb investment, given the economy? Or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2009 - 12 answers

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