Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier. Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down. Foam Brushes Get a couple of bags of […]

Easy, No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

By Noreen Doll. We love this super easy no-mess way to paint baseboards. Before when we’ve painted, we used a paint edger, which needs to be wiped free of paint after each use. This left us with tons of paint smeared paper towels or rags, and we usually managed to get some paint where we […]

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar

Easy Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. You will need a warm sunny day to use this easy way to remove candle wax from a jar. So save up all your jars of used, melted candles to clean out on a hot summer day. Supplies. Jars of Used Candles Aluminum Foil Old Flatware Knife Turned into Craft Knife How […]

Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing

Easy Way to Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A friend moved into a place that was in really bad shape, and she asked for ideas on how to clean it. The oven was awful, but she didn’t want to have to spend hours trying to scrub it. So we tried a trick that I had done before. And this was […]

Keep Rings Safe When You’re Working in the Kitchen

Keep Rings Safe When You're Working in the Kitchen - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. How do you keep rings safe when you’re working in the kitchen? Lots of people keep a small dish on the window sill or counter to hold their rings. However, it can be very easy to bump this dish and knock the rings into the sink – and sometimes down the disposal […]

Easy Way to Clean Blinds

Easy Way to Clean Blinds - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A friend who had just moved into a new (to her) house asked me if there was any easy way to clean blinds that had accumulated grime over the years. I suggested we try hanging them outside on the clothesline to clean them. After they were hung, we hosed them down from […]

How to Remove Furniture Dents from Carpet

Remove Furniture Dents from Carpet by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Recently I decided to move a heavy bookcase from where it had been sitting for several years. Once the bookcase was gone, there remained a deep imprint in the flattened carpet fibers where the bottom edges of the bookcase had been sitting. I had read about using ice cubes to rejuvenate dents […]

Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips

Easy Way to Hide Paint Drips - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Here’s an easy way to hide paint drips when you’re painting. Our kitchen / dining room has a lot of brown trim in it, including a chair rail that goes around the dining room walls. Recently we painted the ceiling and walls, and while doing the ceiling, several drops of paint dripped […]

Remove Dried Paint Splotches Easily and Cheaply

Remove Dried Paint Splotches - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. While painting recently, we managed to have dried paint splotches on the vinyl floor. Because the vinyl is textured, removing the paint splotches presented a problem. It couldn’t just be scraped off because the vinyl wasn’t a flat surface – it had tiny ridges. We tried various things, and then discovered that […]

DIY Alcohol Hand Wipes

Crafty Journal - DIY Alcohol Hand Wipes

By Noreen Doll. Make DIY alcohol hand wipes. Especially during cold and flu season, I  use hand wipes a lot. And they are expensive! I keep a bag or two of them in my car, and carry a few with me in a ziplock sandwich bag. Because I use so many, I decided to make […]

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