April 2012

Ceiling fan boxes

How do you hang your ceiling fan?

Installing a ceiling fan where a light fixture currently exists is no problem at all.  The one thing that you’ll want to be certain of is that the ceiling box can support the weight of the ceiling fan.  Three types of ceiling boxes are available to help accomplish this. 

Decorative painting techniques

Tape is the secret


Do you love wallpaper but hate the options available? Or maybe you want something a little easier to install and touch up down the road? You can use paint to get the same look of paper and it isn't as difficult as you think.



Pin stripes are one of my favorite techniques. Go bold with two colors or create an understated style with two shades of the same color. Paint the wall the lighter color first and let it dry completely. Then lay out your stripes with painters tape. Paint again with the darker color. Peel of the tape and voila! Perfect stripes. I like to use this technique beneath a chair rail, with a solid color above the rail. You can do small or wide stripes, depending on your preferences.