glaze Columns

September 29, 2014
Two shades of metallic paint are mixed with glaze to create realistic steel panels in a modern condo.

Dear Debbie,

I am tempted to try to use metallic paint that I have seen in the store, but before I buy it I’d like to know more about it. Do I dilute the paint? Do I use regular paint tools? Can I apply it over wood or on a wall?


Dear Kit,

Metallic paint is just as versatile as regular paint and has many exciting decorative possibilities...

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August 4, 2014

Gingham cottons are inexpensive and readily available as yard goods in palettes of yellow, blue, red, green and black, making it easy to sew up curtains, pillows, bed linens and upholstery. This jaunty pattern also decorates crockery, glassware, cutlery and numerous accessories from lampshades and carpets to thumbtacks.

If you’re taken with the design, it may be hard to rein in the temptation to decorate the walls in gingham. And that’s exactly what I did in this special guest bedroom. The homeowner was surprised and elated with the results. Who knew gingham walls would be such a hit?

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July 14, 2014

One of the fastest growing trends in outdoor furniture is reclaimed teak. This beautiful tropical hardwood is highly valued for its naturally water-resistant properties and durability. Because teak is protected by its own natural oils, it’s best not to apply varnish or any water sealants as they will bubble and peel. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays turns the wood’s golden hue to weathered silvery grey.

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