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Use an auto body shop to put the final finish on your furniture restoration project



Autobody Shop Furniture Painting

Trying to paint a large piece of furniture is much more complex and difficult than spraying a small knickknack, candle holder, etc.

These small items can be placed in a box to contain most of the overspray and a perfect finish may not be a high priority. A single cheap can of spray paint might be all that is in order.

But when it comes to refurbishing a larger piece of furniture; the process gets much more difficult and messy. If paint is wanted for the final finish; we made a list of things to take into account so your final product doesn’t turn into a disappointment.

Things to consider when painting furniture yourself at home:

  • A lot of masking and covering for a large area is needed, or you risk having overspray everywhere. This takes time and material.
  • Calculating how to hang and taking the time to hang individual pieces can add up to a considerable amount of time.
  • How much spray paint will you go through to get adequate coverage? In my experience one could easily spend upwards of $50 on several cans of quality paint and primer.
  • You’ll want to buy paint respirators, disposable gloves, and possibly a disposable suit so you don’t risk getting overspray on your clothes and shoes. Again, a small project may not be risky but with a larger piece of furniture you’ll be doing much more painting and creating much more spray paint plumes. Even more time and money collecting all these materials!

A body shop could very well save a lot of time and headache…

Don’t have all your time be ruined by relying on disposable spray cans, rollers, or brushes to provide a glass smooth and even finish. Contact your local auto body shop who have spray booths all set up, professional spray guns, and the right experience to ensure amazing factory results.

This type of work may not be as expensive as one thinks. The trick to a relatively low-cost paint project is making use of a color the shop is already using on a repair. The majority of paint mixing is already billed to the repair job and any additional costs to you may only include extra paint fees and a small amount of labor.

  • Prep and additional finish work can add significant costs so make sure you have all the sanding, smoothing, etc., finalized beforehand.
  • If you want the cost savings of an existing color of paint being used on a repair you may have to be patient with the shops time frame of when they will be working with said color.
  • Using a body shop may not be a viable or cost worthy option in some areas. Contact your local body shops and inquire about their interest and willingness to do the work.


  1. Don Decoteau

    October 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for posting this. Even car tools can be used for other things. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Don Decoteau

    September 27, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Thanks for posting this. Even car tools can be used for other things.

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Safe Storage and Disposal of Sharp Objects



Sharp Object Recycling Containers

For safe disposal of sharp objects: razor blades, small knife blades, nails, screws, staples, thumb tacks, or any other small object that pose an easy risk for injury, discard by using a plastic container with a sealed lid to avoid harm. Your recycle pickup company will thank you, and you lessen the chance of these dangerous objects scattering where the shouldn’t be.

Obtaining a suitable plastic container with a sealed lid can come in several forms as a proper recycling canister. Many packaged foods and cleaning supplies: ice cream, disinfectant wipes, jam, ketchup, etc. have perfect containers to collect the sharp objects. Other options include small mixing containers with snap-on lids (example) for painting or solvents; which are readily available and cheap to purchase at many local hardware stores.

CAUTION: RISK OF INJURY – Sharp objects can cause cuts or punctures to skin.

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Leaking Bleach Bottle Protection



Leaking Bleach Bottle Tray Protection

If you ever had a bleach bottle leak from a small puncture or crack, you’ll know how much damage can be done, mess created, and potential repairs that cost money, especially if the leak is undetected for some time: shelving can absorb the bleach, painted and / or metal surfaces can be corroded, surrounding products damaged, etc.

An easy solution and cheap fix to capture the liquid from a leaking bleach bottle is to visit the gardening section of any local home improvement store or nursery, and pick up a planter drip tray. The image shown includes a transparent 7.5″ diameter tray (big enough for the largest bleach bottle size), purchased from a local Ace Hardware for $1.50 ea. For the low-cost, I chose to buy 2 trays for extra protection. The transparent trays also give an easy-to-view indicator, if a leak occurs.

Go one step further by purchasing square or round drip trays for any bottle containing liquid and has the potential to leak.

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Home Guide to Shut-off Valves and Electrical Panel



Home Emergency Shut-off Valve Checklist

Think safety and efficiency when it comes to owning or living in a home. Hopefully as a homeowner you never have any serious emergencies, but to be on the safe side, it’s good to know where the main utility controls are at, as well as other important components, and how to use them. This way you will be prepared and informed to take the proper actions if need be?

When leaving a home unattended for a few days or more, you also want to take proper safety steps and think efficiently. A few examples beyond the typical thermostat adjustments:

  • Turn off the main water valve or individual valves if supply water is not needed.
  • Turn down the hot water heater temperature controls.

House Safety Checklist Guide:

  • Locate your main gas line located coming into the home and individual shut-off valves at each gas appliance (shown). Gas valves are ball type valves (shown). (i) In-line to gas line = OPEN (ii) 90° to gas line = CLOSED
  • Locate your main water line (shown) coming into the home and how to shut it off. The valve used will most likely be a ball valve (i) In-line = OPEN (ii) 90° = CLOSED
  • Locate and make sure every faucet, toilet , refrigerator water line, and laundry machine has exposed individual shut-off valves (shown), and that they work.
  • Locate the main electrical panel and learn how do you check for blown fuses or tripped breakers? (i) Adding numbers on the door panel sticker and next to each breaker or fuse in the box allows quicker and easier cross-reference.
  • Locate sump pump (if applicable).
  • Locate sewage sump pump.
  • Locate attic access (if applicable).
  • Locate crawl space access (if applicable).
  • Locate and inspect all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Escape exits, including basement window well. (if applicable)
  • Understand the full capabilities of a home alarm and upgrades. (if applicable)

CAUTION: If uncomfortable locating and understanding listed areas, contact a licensed professional for guidance. You can also contact your utility companies for information.

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