Archive for the 'Paint' Category

How’s that remodel working out? Greening up a modest tract house

Bill and Becka Doering did a whole-house green remodel on their Santa Barbara home, and I wrote a Pardon Our Dust feature about it, which you can read here. Bill is both an engineer and a green-building enthusiast. With his firm, Doering Design & Engineering, he helps others make their homes more energy-efficient. Also, the [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Yellow, white, rust, blue

I love everything about this new paint job. The yellow exterior and fancy corbels are bright and cheery. Wouldn’t it be nice if all paint stayed looking as fresh as when it was new? Dreaming. Then, the white in-between the slats of siding sets them off nicely. The red/rust shutters and door screens pop nicely. [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Red and green

How cute is this 1866 double shotgun in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans? And just in time for Christmas. What makes this charming house so unusual is that only two colors are used. Here’s what they did: Siding, doors, shutters: Red Quoins, door frames, window frames: Hunter green  That’s it. Short, sweet, simple and [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans House Paint Colors — Lower 9th Ward

This beautifully restored little cottage is right on the levee in the Holy Cross area of the Lower 9th Ward. The exterior colors include: • House siding: Bright yellow • Doors, window mullions and foundation: Pumpkin orange • Door jambs, door trim, window frames, fascia, and corner quoins: Periwinkle blue • Steps, cornice above windows: [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Before & After — Ikea kitchen island on steroids

This is one of the best budget kitchen remodels I’ve seen. While you can see a dramatic change from before (bottom) and after (top), notice that the cabinets are the same, the window is in the same place, all the appliances are in the same locations and the floor and ceiling are the same. So [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans House Paint Colors: Periwinkle Blue, Yellow and White

How can you go wrong with this combination? (click on photo for a larger view) This lovely raised Creole cottage just off Marconi near City Park is luminous with its periwinkle lap siding, softly yellow doors and bright white trim. It’s simple and stunning. Siding: Periwinkle blue Trim: White Doors: Yellow Roofing: Gray

Read the rest of this entry »

Book Report: The Homeowner’s Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting

I admire the entrepreneurial spirit, and passion about one’s work, and courage. So when Steve Broujos, a painting contractor and educator in Wilmington, Del., asked if I’d like to see his new book, I thought: Why not? The title is not exactly dynamic: “The Homeowner’s Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting.” But I’ll tell [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting your kids from lead poisoning — tips from the NAHB

How do you protect your kids from lead poisoning during a remodel? Here are tips for homeowners from the National Association of Home Builders: Professional remodelers who have achieved EPA Lead-Safe Certification are trained and prepared to work in pre-1978 homes for minimizing dust and potential lead paint exposures. These workers also have certified their firms [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

American Clay makeover winners announced

Michelle Kolb of Nantucket, Mass., won Grand Prize in the DIY category of American Clay’s Second Annual Makeover Contest. See her room before and after below: After: Before: The judges for the competition included Mary Cordaro, president of Mary Cordaro Inc. a certified Bau-Biologist; Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, author, green building expert [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Product Review: KILZ Clean Start Primer

One day, when I wasn’t looking, my once-charming front porch went from shabby chic to just plain disgusting. I waited for the crew from HGTV’s Curb Appeal to show up. When they didn’t come, I decided to take on the job. Here’s the porch I started with: As you can see, I had many challenges: [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New: A non-toxic primer from Kilz

 Q: What’s even better than blocking stains with KILZ primer-sealer? A: Doing so without poisoning yourself. I’ve been a fan of KILZ stain-blocking primer for years. It’s one of those rare products that lives up to its hype. And now it come in a formulation with no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. That word “organic” [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Kitty Bartholomew: Extreme beauty on a ceiling

Check out this mural on an awkwardly shaped ceiling, which Kitty Bartholomew of HGTV fame had painted in her bedroom. Typically a tray ceiling is a real boost to a home’s architecture. But in this 1930s Cape Cod home, it was out of place. The room had apparently been added on and the modern style [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Best and worst home improvement products

Are you a fan of Consumer Reports? I am. Totally. The nonprofit company’s integrity and independence remind me of the good old days of journalism. In the May issue of the magazine, CR named the Best and Worst in home fix-it-up products. The winners and losers include: Cordless tool kits Porter-Cable PCL418C-2 and Skil 2887-16 cordless-tool kits Porter-Cable PCL418C-2 and Skil [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Owners of pre-1978 homes may soon have a better pool of contractors to choose from

Own an older home? Beginning April 22, only contractors who have been trained in safe handling of lead-contaminated paint dust can legally work on your home. And that’s a good thing for you. If you’ve been keeping up with contractor-type news, you know that contractors are not happy at all with a soon-to-be enforced EPA [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Love, love, loving this green kitchen

I'll tell a word that really annoys me: Neutral. Could there be anything more boring? Yet you'll see people walking through a boring house and remarking: "Love the neutral colors." And I'm like: "What's to love?" I guess I'm a little more radical than some. I like COLORS! This green kitchen rocks my world. And [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Painted Chairs — A Love Story

A collection of painted chairs set to music. For inspirational purposes. 3 minutes

Read the rest of this entry »

EPA proposes tightening standards for lead-safe renovation practices and lead paint dust to protect children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2009 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by announcing several actions the agency proposes to take to prevent lead poisoning. Lead poisoning may cause a variety of adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, and hypertension. Children [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans House Colors: French Quarter

This stucco building on Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter is so extremely attractive. Strange as it sounds, this home has elements of a fairly typical Victorian color scheme. I could almost eat it. Here are the colors involved: • Stucco: Coral • Shutters: Periwinkle blue • Columns, window frames, door frames: Ecru • Column bases: Terra [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

Got a stinky room? You could win $5,000 and 50 gallons of odor-eating paint

Do you have a room that stinks? If so, I suggest you do the following: Step 1 — Identify what stinks Step 2 — Get rid of it The stinky thing could be dirty socks. A mold problem. A dirty ashtray. A cat box. A dirty dog. (Well, don't get rid of the dog. But [...]

Read the rest of this entry »

The Tightwad Remodel — Patio furniture on the cheap

It's time to get thrifty, people. This patio furniture was bought by Felix Neals and Arleen Flores-Neals, a young couple I met in L.A. Arleen found these pieces at a big-box store and she noticed they were faded and scratched from hanging around the store too long. So she haggled with the manager and got [...]

Read the rest of this entry »