Up­date ac­ces­sories with spe­cialty paint

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

TO­DAY I thought I’d share some tips and tricks that can help solve ev­ery­day decor prob­lems. Some of th­ese we’ve re­viewed be­fore but it’s a good re­minder in case you’ve forgotten. Many of th­ese ideas came from my own tri­als and tribu­la­tions, which con­firms that they work in the real world. Oth­ers are just great ideas that I’ve come across that are worth a try. Wonky walls Some­times it’s tough to get a seam­less line be­tween the wall and the ceil­ing when you’re paint­ing. Most seams are not straight and it can be a real pain to get a per­fect line. I came across this is­sue a few times when re­paint­ing, but there is a great so­lu­tion. Bring the ceil­ing paint (usu­ally white) down onto the walls about 3 to 4 inches. By mask­ing a straight line, on the wall us­ing a level, you’ll cre­ate a straight line be­tween the wall colour and the ceil­ing colour. This will al­low you to eas­ily cut in at the cor­ners to cre­ate a pro­fes­sional look. This tech­nique mim­ics crown mould­ing and is a great look in most cases. If you have ceil­ings higher than eight feet, you can make the bor­der even wider for a more dra­matic look. If your walls are rough and/or slightly cracked, use paintable wall­pa­per to cover the im­per­fec­tions. It’s a lit­tle more work to wall­pa­per and paint but it’s a great so­lu­tion to cover im­per­fec­tions. Adding some tex­ture to the walls also adds vis­ual in­ter­est. If you’re tired of those dated mir­rored closet doors, then cover them in paintable wall­pa­per and paint them the same colour as the sur­round­ing walls. The ef­fect is sim­i­lar to fab­ric and is eas­ily re­moved if you change your mind. A small nail hole in a white wall can be filled with white tooth­paste in a pinch.

Free ac­ces­sories Use food as an ac­ces­sory. You have to eat any­way so you might as well dis­play the items be­fore you use them. A fresh bowl of lemons or crisp green ap­ples makes a great cen­tre­piece. Pasta comes in in­ter­est­ing shapes and colours and can be dis­played in clear con­tain­ers in the kitchen or pantry. Dis­play spe­cialty cooking oils in dec­o­ra­tive bot­tles rather than hid­ing them away in the cup­board. Con­sider cre­at­ing unique ac­ces­sories out of drift­wood, twigs, stones, beach glass, birch logs and dried grasses. There are tons of crafty op­tions for any one of th­ese items. Bro­ken stuff Pieces of a bro­ken clay pot can be laid in the flower gar­den among the blooms. This will pro­vide some­what of an Old World look to the gar­den. An old lamp with­out a shade can be saved from the land­fill by paint­ing out the base and cre­at­ing a globe shade out of string and papier mache mix. (Ba­si­cally flour and wa­ter.) Dip the string into the mix and wind it all around a filled bal­loon un­til al­most com­pletely cov­ered, leav­ing an open­ing on the bot­tom big enough for your hand to fit through. Let dry overnight (or longer if needed) then poke a small hole in the bal­loon and gen­tly let out the air. You’ll be left with an in­ter­est­ing globe that you can fit onto a lamp harp and use as a lamp­shade. A bro­ken tine rake end can be used to hang ev­ery­thing from pots in the kitchen to tools in the gar­den shed. A leaky ca­noe might make a great planter at the cottage or can be turned into an up­right shelf by cut­ting the ca­noe in half, cre­at­ing a base and fit­ting the in­side with shelves. On the cheap Col­lect a bunch of or­nate pic­ture frames of var­i­ous sizes and shapes from thrift stores. Paint all of the frames the same colour and cre­ate a wall col­lage us­ing the empty frames. The de­signs and tex­tu­ral el­e­ment can make for a won­der­ful dis­play, es­pe­cially white frames on a coloured wall. Con­sider us­ing a tex­tu­ral spray paint (like stone) to pro­vide even more vis­ual in­ter­est to the frames. You can take this idea a step fur­ther by hav­ing mir­rors in­stalled into each frame. This would make a stunning dis­play in a

PHO­TOS BY CON­NIE OLIVER / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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