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Amazing Things You Can Do with Paint

Oh, the things you can do with paint. Think beyond transforming rooms with new colors and get into the details like that old brass faucet you want to replace or the dresser you hide away because it needs work.

There are so many things you can paint so we combed through our sources and compiled this list. Ready … Set … Paint!

1. Faucets -VIA Sincerely Sara D likes RUST-OLEUM Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover*

2. Countertops – Using RUST-OLEUM Countertop Transformations Kit makes an old counter look like you spent a fortune on a new one. DIY Showoff*

3. Old furniture - Richmond Thrifter can show you how.*

4. Stand alone tubs – Don’t let imperfections mar your love for your classic clawfoot tub. Grab some paint instead and let This Old House show you how to do it.

5. Floors – Whether you choose a solid color or go creative with a pattern, painting a wood floor can breathe new life into a room. BHG.com says to be sure to use a water-based polyurethane top coat to avoid yellowing.


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Bathroom Vanity: Single Piece with 2 Sinks or 2 Separate Pieces?

Bathroom Vanity: Single piece with 2 sinks or 2 separate pieces?
Single piece, 2 sinks
Definitely 2 separate pieces
Good question!
Depends on space
Poll Maker

When you’re planning a bathroom remodel – either the master bath or the main family bath – it’s important to consider how you’ll replace the vanity; a single piece with two sinks or two separate vanities.

Much of the decision can come down to space, of course. A single piece with two sinks requires no less than five feet of space while two vanities should get a little more breathing room at six feet. The goal for either scenario is to create enough personal space at each sink with a foot of neutral ground in between.

Style and personal preference certainly come into play as well. Since both are subjective, the only real answer to the question is as individual as the homeowners.

Still … we want to know which configuration do you prefer?

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Avoiding Common DIY Mistakes

How many times have you watched a home improvement show and thought, “I can totally do that?” We know we have, but if we’re honest, we know our ambition exceeds our ability when it comes to more complicated projects like installing/refinishing wood floors, installing tile and certain plumbing projects.

Before you decide to tackle a home improvement project on your own, it’s important to be honest about not just your capabilities, but also what your time and the materials will realistically cost. There is an enormous amount of pride and satisfaction knowing every time you look at your beautiful wood floor that you did it, but if it took you three times as long as it would have taken a professional, was that really time well spent?

HouseLogic.com compiled a list of DIY lessons some homeowners wish they’d known before they decided to tackle their projects on their own:

1. No compromise! Instead of the white kitchen of her dreams, Kelly from View Along the Way ended up with a cream-and-brown color scheme that leaves her feeling “meh” instead of “marvelous.” Instead of sticking with what she knew she wanted, she allowed a designer to convince her that white cabinets would not go with a dark wood floor.

2. If you have the room for a little extra elbow room in the shower, take it. Pam Kueber from Retro Renovation went with a 34-inch wide shower stall when she really should have gone with a 36-inch. Kueber also said that had she been aware of the availability of an enameled-covered cast iron shower base, she would have chosen that over the solid surface base she installed.

3. Don’t belabor the point of refinishing a wood floor yourself if renting the sander, buying the sandpaper, and risking damage plus the time it takes to travel the learning curve is going to be as much as or more than hiring a professional. Curbly Publisher Bruno Bornsztein learned that lesson the hard way when he attempted to refinish the wood floor of his enclosed porch.

What DIY lessons have you learned?

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Touchless Faucets Perfect for Little Ones in the Bathroom

Little ones with messy hands turning handles so they can wash up can turn into a messier adventure, but touchless faucet technology can help eliminate some of the extra clean up for parents.

Children who are trying to be big kids like to wash their hands by themselves, but reaching across the sink to turn on the water can often result in a big mess. Soap ends up everywhere but on the child’s hands, water pools on the deck of the sink, and there’s always the danger of hot water potentially causing burns.

Bathroom faucets with touch and touchless technology can make a big difference.

Top-notch brands like Delta, Kohler, Grohe and Moen have done away with old-school handles to control the flow and temperature of water and rely instead on a single lever on the side of their faucets. Parents can position the handle to set how fast water is delivered and at what temperature.

Touch faucets respond to either the wrist or forearm to tap the top of the faucet to summon the water, eliminating the need to include the entire fixture in clean-up.

Smart sensors positioned at the base and sometimes also on the top of the faucet neck respond to objects waving in front of them. Swipe a hand past a sensor for on and again to turn the faucet off.

Kids of all ages will like how easy touch and touchless faucets are to use, and parents will appreciate how smaller messes don’t grow into larger ones.