Primed for Success

OK, so back to the Hall of Shame Project…we are getting closer. Time to paint the balusters that have been covered with the drippings from the Minwax Antique Refinisher I used a while back to strip the railings. I don’t know about all of you, but I HATE prep work. The stripping, sanding, tack cloth wiping.. and the prospect of prepping all of those white poles was daunting. 

Then I remembered a product that my design instructor had mentioned: Gripper, By Glidden, this week’s High Five for Friday!

It is an interior/exterior primer, sealer, all-purpose stain killer and bonder for walls, woods, masonry, glass and previously painted metals. If you have a surface to prime, they’ve got it covered. And you don’t even have to sand!!! Just so long as it’s clean and dirt/oil free, you are good to go. OK, I am soooo in. Upon opening the can, I discovered that it is essentially odorless (although it does have all of those “harmful if inhaled warnings”), and the consistency of white school glue.

It glides on easily and smoothly, and leaves a nice, even coat. It even covered all of those brown drip marks on the first try!!

This is DIY magic in a can : ) So if any of you are attempting to complete a major renovation in the next week leading up to Thanksgiving (I know, who is dumb enough to do that?!?) then get to your local big box store and grab some Gripper! And while you’re at it, could you find me someone who will install carpeting in time for Turkey Day? TGIF everyone!! Susan

“Dude, Where’s My Hammer?!?”

Since my last blog, I have had a bit of wrist re-furbishing, and typing left-handed is proving to be quite slow and tedious. So in the interest of my patience and sanity, the next few blogs (until the cast comes off) will be short, sweet and photo heavy. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Since my D.I.M. capabilities are severely limited at the moment, I am going to share a few recent projects that you might like to try. Since Coach and I are forever working on some home-and-barn improvement project, tools and supplies are constantly being moved around. It seems like whenever it’s time to hang a picture or sand a piece of furniture, the necessary tools are nowhere to be found. SO FRUSTRATING!!! How many of you out there in cyberspace have a junk drawer? Well, we do, and its so stuffed with junk I usually can’t find anything!

So, rather than going out and purchasing a fancy tool chest, I found some old plastic bins kicking around in the basement, and decided to use them to create my Home Improvement Command Center HICC for short.

In each labeled drawer there are the tools specific for that task. Stick: glue, duct tape, masking tape- anything that sticks-get it?

Cut and Scrape: razor cutters, blades, paint scrapers, chisels.

Screw and Drill: drivers, electric and manual, phillips head and flat head, along with the many drill bits we have purchased over the years because we couldn’t find the right one when we needed it. 

Hang: for pictures, curtains, rods (well, the rods don’t actually fit in these bins, but are you getting the hang of this?!?)

There are many more, including POUND, WRENCH&PLY and BRUSH- all pretty self-explanatory. Right after I completed this project, Coach came to me and said “Hey, I was looking for a hammer and found it right away- in the pound drawer!” HICC complete. Mission accomplished. Now if we can just remember to put them back! Have an inspiringly organized day! Susan

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