How To Refresh Your House This Spring
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( Handout / October 16, 2006 )

Examine the pillows on your couches. Are they dark green? A deep red? Many stores, including Marshalls, Pier One and Bed Bath & Beyond, sell pillows that are white, light blue or brightly patterned that would give your living room a new, clean look. A friend had white cotton duck slipcovers made for all the furniture in her small living room. She lives in Washington, D.C., and the contrast between the cool look of the white love seats and three arm chairs and the blistering heat outside is refreshing. The slipcovers go in the washing machine and can be bleached.

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Chalkboards may be old-school, but they’re the newest accent in home d├ęcor.

“Look what I made,” said Kelly Sims of Liberty, Mo., holding up her smartphone during an unofficial show and tell during a chalkboard paint class at Be Here Now, a store in Independence, Mo. She flipped through images: A picnic basket with a chalkboard top for playfully listing its contents. An old mirror converted into a message board. The fronts of a few kitchen cabinets for meal planning and writing quotes.

Sims finds pieces in thrift stores, garage sales and even the trash, then transforms them with chalkboard paint into gifts and home-entertaining accessories.

Sims may be a kindergarten teacher, but she was a pupil that Thursday night in chalkboard paint class. The instructor was Meredith Martin, an interior designer who lectured on how to mix custom colors and what you can make with it.

Results included a table setting with a chalkboard-painted paper runner and flower pots with chalkboard labels. Next to her sat a chalkboard-painted desk, storage boxes and a child’s play table. She led the class in a craft project, a large metal charger with the decorative border taped off. With paint, the center of the charger became a chalkboard. (To be on the safe side, use a nontoxic food-safe clear coat (available at craft stores) on top of chalkboard painted trays and pla…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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