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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

Help me paint my floor!

Have you ever painted a floor? [more inside]
posted by corey flood on May 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Help make my card catalog into an awesome pixel-ated image.

I recently acquired one of these orthodontic cabinets at a consignment shop and it is in desperate need of a paint job. Because there are 100 drawers (10 x 10) I would like to paint the individual drawers to create a neat image when the cabinet is viewed from a distance. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on May 17, 2009 - 16 answers

Touching up a relic bicycle

I bought a bicycle that's twice as old as I am and it needs some cosmetic work. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 7, 2009 - 7 answers

freshen up a canopy

How to paint polyester fabric canopy? [more inside]
posted by LC on May 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Satin latex paint on my bookshelves?

I have recently put up some wooden shelves (pine shelves on hardwood brackets) in my living room that I will use to hold records and books. I have a new can of white satin-finish latex paint. Can I use the paint on the shelves. (i.e. Will it look decent and not stick to the books and records?) What would be the reasons not to use this paint and instead get some other more appropriate paint? What might that more appropriate paint be? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Apr 30, 2009 - 16 answers

Painting wood furniture for an even, durable finish.

I'm going to be making this Parsons side table of poplar and MDF soon (Popular Mechanics link). How can I get the painted finish like the one in the picture? [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Apr 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Mass paint removal

How could paint be removed from a large, frequently painted object? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Apr 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Painting like Pewter?

My grandmother is looking for a way to paint metal and/or wooden objects to make them look like they are pewter (or nickel plated). What's the easiest way for her to achieve this effect? Bonus points for grandma-friendly techniques.
posted by jgee on Apr 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Where do I find transparent coatings that show up in near-infrared photography?

I need a non-toxic coating that is transparent under visible light but appears much darker/lighter in near-infrared photography. [more inside]
posted by kscottz on Apr 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Touchup paint for a white Macbook?

Can you recommend a good touchup paint for a white Macbook? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Apr 1, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I best spray paint my white Macbook's exterior?

How can I best spray paint my white Macbook's exterior? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Mar 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Will 3M Command strips damage the paint?

I'm considering using 3M Command strips to hang some lightweight pictures on the walls of my new apartment. These walls are painted taupe, and I don't want to mess up that paint when I eventually move out. Will the adhesive on these strips take any paint with them when they're removed? Do they come off easily? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Mar 11, 2009 - 14 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

Can I use metal paint on wood?

What exactly does it mean for paint to be formulated "for metal substrates only"? Can I use it on wood? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Feb 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Mirror, mirror on the wall...what shall I paint my home?

What to paint, what to paint!?!?!? How do I revamp the townhouse walls and doors? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl on Feb 12, 2009 - 2 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

Galvanized Steel & Penetrol

Is Penetrol a good coating for galvanized steel? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Jan 16, 2009 - 5 answers

But I don't want bright white ceiling and trim.

Can I add dye to Glidden EZ Track Ceiling paint? [more inside]
posted by wg on Jan 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Paint Job for Lincoln Town Car

Where can I get a decent paint job for a lincoln town car on the cheap in the NoVA/MD/DC area? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Jan 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Best technique and tools for stripping paint off wall

Best technique and tools for stripping paint off wall? [more inside]
posted by eeyore on Dec 26, 2008 - 6 answers

People Quotes

Interpersonal relations quotes: I'm painting my room and I want a good quote to go on the wall. [more inside]
posted by alona on Dec 15, 2008 - 19 answers

what to use to paint a mural with kids

What should I use to paint a mural with children? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Dec 8, 2008 - 2 answers

Clean white gloves with red paint--why?

Why use white gloves with red paint? [more inside]
posted by cherie72 on Dec 3, 2008 - 13 answers

GTA area painter recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommended interior painters in the GTA? Specifically, not that expensive, fairly quick but do a decent job (standard fare I'd imagine). [more inside]
posted by purephase on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 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

Sorry, love, there is no color that would match that floor.

What color should I paint a bedroom with a swirly brown-black-reddish stained concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Magazines that tell me what that fabulous color is.

What decorating magazines will show me rooms in different colors, and then tell me what those colors are? And who makes it? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Nov 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Help I'm clueless about paint!

PaintFilter: For an art project, I'm looking to permanently paint a design on a whiteboard (a commercially bought whiteboard from Staples) such that the design is resistant to erasing, but people can write around the design with whiteboard markers. Problem is, we're clueless about paint! What kind of paint do we need? [more inside]
posted by zachlipton on Nov 7, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I paint my titanium glasses frames?

Is there any way for me to paint my titanium glass frames? (And be somewhat durable and look decent.) [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Nov 4, 2008 - 4 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

Can I fix a scuffed bumper?

Somebody loaned me their car for a week. I managed to ding the bumper. Help me figure out if this is something I can fix myself or if I need to take it to a body shop. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by floam on Nov 1, 2008 - 19 answers

How should I go about painting my Halloween mask?

I'm trying finish up a mask I'm making for Halloween; it' s basically a giant papier-mache eyeball, and I'm looking for suggestions for suitable paints to use to make it look good. [more inside]
posted by millions on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones screw it up...

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew(screw) it up. (Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet. ) I suck at painting with a brush or pad. What is the best way to paint (Maybe with a sprayer) a large room? [more inside]
posted by emjay on Oct 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Water-based paint marker on my cast, yea or nay?

Water-based paint marker on a fiberglass arm cast? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Oct 10, 2008 - 5 answers

Help cure sick house; it's very bad.

Is house permanently destroyed by paint toxins? Please Help! (Long explanation, but no way around that.) [more inside]
posted by yazi on Oct 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Is dirty latex safe?

Compost & painted wood walls, is it a good mix? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog on Sep 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Fixing sticky latex paint

A latex-painted dresser's drawers are sticking closed. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Sep 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me get my walls painted in DC

Can anyone recommend an affordable and reliable house painter in D.C.? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Sep 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Does my tile limit my paint options?

Can I use this tile with a variety of colors, or am I limited to neutral tans? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Sep 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me figure this out, eh?

Tell me, how the hell do a paint a sign in a font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel on Aug 31, 2008 - 17 answers

Color Crazy

What color should I paint my porch if I want to keep a fire engine red door? [more inside]
posted by pranalaxmi on Aug 26, 2008 - 19 answers

Bathroom renovation project help, please.

How can I get paint off a porcelain bathtub? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Aug 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Do latex and acrylic paints work together?

When painting, is it okay to use different types of paint (specifically latex based and acrylic) at the same time? I am painting primed plywood and need to use a lot of colors, but I have a wider selection of acrylics than latex. The reason I don't use acrylic entirely is because it is not always as opaque as I would like. When the piece is finished it will be covered with polyurethane to make the surface smooth and shiny. Will the paints react to each other over time, or should the top coat hold everything together?
posted by catertot on Aug 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Where's that smell coming from

My boyfriend just called to say his apartment smells like spray paint. He hasn't used spray paint. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Aug 8, 2008 - 9 answers

paint separation

is it possible to separate water from a water-based paint? how? thanks
posted by KaeporaGaebora on Aug 8, 2008 - 3 answers

What are your best face-painting recommendations?

What are your tips for face painting? I'm not talking about fancy theatrical or costume painting, just your average person decorating kids' faces with hearts, stars, etc. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Aug 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Bold Colors and White Trim...Name This Trend

What is this interior painting trend I see before me? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Aug 5, 2008 - 17 answers

A new medium?

Can you kindly recommend to me watercolor and/or acrylic paint resources? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on Jul 24, 2008 - 12 answers

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