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How to paint a super-crisp line….

Okay…. So…

You know the drill… When you want to paint a crisp line, you…

1. Paint first color….

2. Tape the line…

3. Paint over the line with a light coat of the first color to seal any bubbles…

4. After that dries, paint the 2nd color…

5. Remove tape!

Waaahhh-laaahhh!  Perfect line!

 

But what do you do if you have a room that is already been previously painted and you want to paint a crisp line but don’t have any of the original paint to seal the tape with?

If that’s the case for you, you’re in the right spot!

HowToEasilyPaintLine

 

This was a nursery I helped a friend out with this last summer…

(Before had nursery on my brain! Haha!)

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This is what it looked like before.  We were doing an airplane room, so the green had to go, but we liked that brown stripe!

 

This is how it all went down:

1. Tape the line.  After it’s been taped, press along the tape like crazy!  Rub it… You can even use an old credit card or something.  Whatever the case, just put a little effort into getting as many of those bubbles out as is humanly possible!

 

Go Christina! :)

Go Christina! 🙂

2. “Paint” a light coat of Modge-Podge along the entire line that you will be painting.  No need to “goop” it on.  You just want enough to seal any remaining bubbles. Obviously I would suggest using the matte Modge-Podge if you’re painting with a flat paint and the high gloss Modge-Podge if your painting with a higher gloss paint.  Not that you’ll ever really see it, you just want the sheen to be as close as possible.

 

3. Once the Modge-Podge dries, (it doesn’t take very long!) paint your remaining coat.  (We did sky blue above and grey below.  It’s kinda awesome!)

 

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4. When the paint is semi-dry, pull the tape….   Then you merely need to OOOH! and AHHH! over the nice crisp line you have going on.  And show it off to everyone who visits.  Go ahead.  They’ll be impressed! 😉

 

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Will be doing a complete nursery “reveal” soon so you can ogle all the plane adorable-ness. 🙂

Also, check out the tutorial on how to paint clouds even if you have no artistic talent! 🙂

 

 

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DIY Tutorial of Curtain Rods Made From Plumbing and Electrical Supplies…

How’s THAT for a hefty title??!

DIY in Real Life - How to make curtain rods out of plumbing and electrical supplies

 

Okay…  So I always love me a little industrial.  Not a lot.  Just a touch here and there….  So when I saw THIS….   *Insert a little Emperor’s New Groove – BOOM-BABY!*

Pinterest

Pinterest

 {Pinterest}

I fell in love.  Deep passionate love.  And I soooo wanted them.

Entrance: Handsome man.

 

The decision went something like this.

Me: I’m not sure what to do about curtain rods.

Handsome Man: What are you thinking?

Me: Well….   I-saw-an-idea-on-pinterest-and-I-really-really-love-it-but-I-don’t-know-how-much-it-would-cost-or-how-much-work-it-would-take-but-did-I-mention-I-really-really-loved-it??!

Handsome Man: Can I see it?

{Showing of inspiration photo}

Handsome Man:  Yup. No problem.

{This was the abridged version}

 

And so it began!

 

 

For every window, you need:

{2 of these}

{2 of these}

{And measure how much of this you need.  Some stores will even cut it for you!  We got 10 ft. lengths and each one did 1-2 windows of varying sizes.  We did our whole 1st floor with these curtain rods. We got all 3/4 in. fittings and 3/4 in. conduit.  We found that the conduit fit tightly enough that it almost threaded snugly into the street elbow fitting.  Friction fit, baby!}

You’ll also want curtain rings.  I got these from Menards as well… Once the curtain rods are up, they’re up.  4 screws on each side makes it problematic to take them down.  Obviously, you don’t want to do that every time you want to wash your curtains.  I found these to be the perfect solution!!

As to needed tools…

Drill

Screws

Tape measure

and a pipe cutter if you did not have them cut at the store

This project was a total B-R-E-E-Z-E~ ~ `~ ~ ~

First we removed the labels.

 Super easy… Just ran some water over it in the sink for a few minutes.  

Okay… Okay….  As long as we’re being “REAL” here….

This is what it really looked like.

I was too excited to get the new curtain rods up.  I totally didn’t want to do dishes.

*cough cough*

Moooooving on….

Your pile of fittings will look something like this! 🙂

Just thread the street elbow tightly into the floor flange.

The conduit will twist tightly into the street elbow.

Before twisting the 2nd side onto the conduit, put your curtain rings on. I’m not even going to admit how many times we had to take off the other end because we forgot to put them on.  Ha!

{Handsome Man concentrating deeply.}

Just put one screw in the first side to keep it there…  I chose to mount my curtain rods 4 inches wider and 6 inches taller than the window casings.  Normally I would go even higher/wider to show off more of my windows, but we. have. so. many. windows.

Seriously.

Measure the 2nd side to insure that it’s level…. and start fastening!  With a grand total of 8 screws, I wonder if I could do pull-ups on these things??!

Probably not.  Who am I kidding.  I don’t do pull-ups on anything!! 😉

TAAAAA-DAAAAA!!!!  Finished Product!!!!

Are they not the coolest thing ever???

Let’s add this up:

2 street elbows = 2.72 total

+

2 Floor Flanges = 6.78

+

Conduit = 1.58 to 3.15

Seeing my man lift the curtain rods like he was the heavy lifting olympic champion….

=PRICELESS! 🙂

That brings the total of each curtain rod from $11.08 to $12.65.

Which is a REALLY great price for curtain rods!  At Menards, the dinky, scrawny ones start at 19.99.  And with as easy as they all were to put together??!   I couldn’t be more thrilled!

They went in on our whole main floor since it’s all very open and they totally tie everything together.  Love that!

Dining Room

Kitchen

Living Room

Stairs/Hallway

A knock-off of West Elm’s version!!

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