Faux Painting

Written by Kathleen Wilson

Faux and Decorative Painting Sponge painting

Sponge painting is great because it is easy, fast, requires little paint and materials, and did I mention it was easy? It can be used on walls, furniture, and accessories, and can give instant facelift to dull objects.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you have to go buy an expensive sea sponge to do this. I’ve used plastic grocery bags, cloth diapers, even old clothing…(Ok, now it’s called ragging, same technique, more subtle look.) But you can use a plain old kitchen sponge, and here’srepparttar secret….tear away allrepparttar 116340 hard edges ofrepparttar 116341 sponge, even tear chunks fromrepparttar 116342 center to give it an irregular appearance.

Now choose your paint, and sponge! Remember to sponge sparingly at first, you can always add more later. Also, dabrepparttar 116343 paint off on your plate first, you only need a little paint onrepparttar 116344 sponge, or it will be too gloppy. Practice first on a paper bag, and remember to changerepparttar 116345 direction of your hand occasionally,repparttar 116346 idea is not to get a pattern going.

Try combining sponge painting with stenciling or decorative painting, tape off a border and use it just there, you can even sponge paint over glassware withrepparttar 116347 new glass paints available at your craft store.


There is a very simple technique to marbleizing that is popular inrepparttar 116348 home decorating world today, and you won’t believe how easy it is until you try it. Simply choose two to four colors of paint withinrepparttar 116349 same color scheme, one light, one medium, one dark.

Using a regular paintbrush, diprepparttar 116350 brush into allrepparttar 116351 colors. Now simply pouncerepparttar 116352 paintbrush overrepparttar 116353 surface to get a mottled effect. It might help to keep a picture of a piece of marble nearby to refer to. Userepparttar 116354 different colors to add shading, or tone down an area you think is too bright. When finished withrepparttar 116355 surface, take a small artists liner brush, dip it into eitherrepparttar 116356 lightest or darkest color you used, (thin with a little water, if necessary) and paint veins by draggingrepparttar 116357 brush overrepparttar 116358 surface, wiggling it as you go. Don’t go overboard onrepparttar 116359 veining. Remember also to bringrepparttar 116360 veins overrepparttar 116361 edges for a realistic finish. I think sealing it with a gloss clearcoat or polyurethane givesrepparttar 116362 most authentic look of polished marble.

Recycle Kitchen Wastes Using a Home Worm Bin

Written by Sherry Palmer

Recycling your kitchen wastes using a home worm bin is an easy, ecologically sound way to dispose of kitchen wastes. Just think about how much water is used every day when you wash garbage downrepparttar garbage disposal in your sink!

Besides saving water, a worm bin produces an organic compost that can be used instead of chemical fertilizers in your garden and on your house plants. This is a fun and educational activity for youngsters. They will learn something aboutrepparttar 116339 biology of worms and alsorepparttar 116340 importance of reusing and recycling to preserve resources.

Here are 10 easy steps to setting up your worm bin:

1.Select a container to house your worms. Both wooden boxes and plastic storage bins work well. 2.Determine what size you need based onrepparttar 116341 amount of waste you generate per week. An average household of 4 creates 6 lbs of food waste per week. They would need a 6 sq ft bin. (2’ x 3’). Keeping your container fairly shallow 12”-18” helps keeprepparttar 116342 bedding from compacting and makes it easier to handle. 3.Your bin should also have a lid to keep predators out and protect your worms from exposure to light and sudden temperature changes. 4.Drill some holes about 1/8” diameter and about 4” apart inrepparttar 116343 sides and bottom to provide air circulation and good drainage. 5.If you keep your bin indoors, set it up on blocks and place a tray or thick layer of newspapers under it to catch any excess moisture that may drain out ofrepparttar 116344 bottom.. 6.Add damp bedding torepparttar 116345 bin. Strips of old newspaper, shredded paper, leaves, or peat moss all work well. Use what you have. Makerepparttar 116346 bedding about 6” deep. 7.Addrepparttar 116347 food waste. You can addrepparttar 116348 food in piles or spread it out into a shallow layer. But cover it with about another 2” of damp bedding. Worms will eat anything that has once been alive including paper. Vegetable scraps, spoiled leftovers fromrepparttar 116349 fridge, cereal, fruit rinds, coffee grounds (includingrepparttar 116350 paper filters), and stale bread all make great worm food. Don’t feed raw meat, dairy products, or pet feces.

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