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?
A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger. [more inside]
Are there any pet-safe, waterproof sealants/paints/etc that can be used to coat a flaking concrete/terracotta water fountain? [more inside]
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.
Homeowner question - How much should I expect to pay for a professional contractor to epoxy coat (paint, stain, etc) my garage floor? [more inside]
What's a good way to label keys? [more inside]
I want to buy my F150 truck a birthday present: a good polishing inside and out. [more inside]
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]
What equipment and chemicals do I need to strip carpet glue and paint off of a cement/concrete floor? [more inside]
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]
What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
How can I paint my bathroom once and for all? My steamy showers seem to obliterate paint. [more inside]
Sanding and re-gessoing a large canvas: advice, tips and tricks? [more inside]
How does one remove years-old splattered paint from stained wood trim without damaging the finish? [more inside]
Stripping paint and varnish off a hardwood floor; your best practices? [more inside]
Help me paint my new shoe black. [more inside]
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.
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!
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]
I want to stain (ideally) or paint (less good) my ikea wood veneer desk. How can I best do this? [more inside]
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]
Decor Filter : What colors of paint go with blond bamboo flooring? [more inside]
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
Please help me repair natural slate tile. [more inside]
Where can I paint a bus? [more inside]
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]
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.)
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]
How should I display my collection of travel magnets? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Can I buy International Klein Blue pigment/paint? If so, where, and what form would it come in? [more inside]
Repainting already painted wood paneling - can I just slap on a new coat? [more inside]
What's your favorite place to buy artists' canvas in NYC? [more inside]
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]
I accidentally bought an old 12' sailboat this morning. How do I repair and paint the fiberglass? [more inside]
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]
Why is gloss or semi-gloss paint recommended for exterior house trim? [more inside]
Anyone have any experience with Wagner Paint Sprayers? [more inside]
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]
Is my watch hot? [more inside]
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?
Torontofilter: Any recommendations for indoor painting companies? [more inside]
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]
Getting the exterior of my house painted: A dumb investment, given the economy? Or not? [more inside]