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On this page we will add articles of interest to home
owners as they work to beautify and protect the
interior and exterior of their house.


Sherwin Williams Paint Company has a great web site that helps one choose both
interior and exterior color schemes, have fun working with this exciting tool.


Choosing Colors

Just for Fun

  Color Test  
These are the things we're supposed to do to remove the cholesterol around our brain and try to slow up Alzheimer's Disease.. It took me 2 times before I could finally tell this brain of mine to concentrate. A great test, do it until you get 100%!
Bet you can't get 100% on the first try! But I'm rootin' for ya...
This is pretty neat! See how you do with the colors! Have fun!
It takes an average of 5 tries to get to 100%. Follow the directions!
      It's harder than it seems, as it should be!
                     A brain waker-upper for today!
              Click here to start

The Budget Decorator's Paper Bag Floor
by Kathy Wilson

Sometimes one of the toughest decorating challenges we have when we are on a budget is replacing old,
worn, or ugly flooring.  If you have vinyl flooring that has seen better days, or you just want more of a
natural or luxurious look in your rooms, hold on to your hat! I am going to show you how to create a
faux leather floor from ordinary paper bags for the grocery store.

Tools Needed
Paper bags or a roll of brown Kraft paper from the postal supply aisle
(enough to cover your entire floor, with some overlapping.)

Gallon of water based polyurethane (I recommend Minwax Polycrylic or
or Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane)


Old work clothes

Strong Knees and Back

First off, put up the "Room Closed" sing! I did my kitchen in the evening so the last coat of sealer would
have a chance to dry well before the kids and the dogs hit it in the morning!  Even better if you can keep
it closed off for 24 hours or more.

Now Clean the floor thoroughly...tsp is a great idea here! It is normally used on glossy paint surface,
but will work well for these purpose. Rinse well. Let dry.

Tear your paper into irregular sections in a size that is easy to handle.  It is important to tear, and not cut,
as that will give the natural edge you need for the look.  Only use the scissors to create a straight edge
on some pieces to line up against cabinets, walls, or a change in flooring.  Now crumple each torn piece
tightly, then smooth out.  This will give it texture.

Pour a small amount of polyurethane onto the floor where you will place your first piece, and smooth it
out it out with a brush, although I preferred to use my hands.  Lay the piece of paper down, add a little
poly to the top of the paper, and smooth down. Kind of like decoupage!  Now continue to lay down
papers each one slightly overlapping the other.  Smooth out bubbles as you go. 
Your hand is the best tool for this.

If you find bubbles forming underneath as the poly starts to dry, poke the bubble with a pin,
add a little poly, and smooth down.

Once you finish covering the whole floor with paper, let the poly dry.  If you want a darker color,
you can stain this with wood stain and a soft rag at this point.  Recoat the poly once each hour
until you have 4 to 6 coats of poly protecting your floor.  This should be allowed to dry overnight,
longer if possible.

When you notice the floor getting dull, clean and add a maintenance coat of poly.  Repairs are
easily made with another torn piece of paper bag laid right over the existing treatment.
Seal with poly.

Damp Mop when necessary, and it should last you years!  Definitely not your neighbors floor,  and
all for the price of some polyurethane and some hard work.  To see a photo of this finished floor, visit

Budget Decorator readers have also used this floor treatment successfully over ceramic tile and wood
subflooring.  You can read about their experiences on our message board at

Do you want free tips and ideas for decorating your home on a budget?
Visit author and columnist Kathy Willson at
Don't forget to sign up for her free news letter while you're there!    

  I had to try this technique for myself.  Click the slide show at the left to see
 the progress from a piece of plywood to a finished faux leather table top.
    It really does look good.

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