This first post is about five things that have helped me make awesome transformations, the catalyst for the before -> after reaction if you will.
1. Spray Paint- Many a project I've done has involved spray paint. It is very handy for painting a wide variety of things. I've done light fixtures, plastic lids, wicker baskets, picture frames, a dishwasher, cardboard boxes, trim, outlet and switch plate covers, railings, and more.
2. Caulk- What can I say, caulk covers a multitude of sins! If you've ever put up trim of any kind, you know it's true. Caulk is what makes trim projects from looking awful to finished and chic. It's also great for keeping water out of places where it doesn't belong.
3. Rub n Buff- A few months ago, I didn't even know what Rub n Buff was. I learned about it on other people's blogs. People were using it to fancy up picture frames or to spiff up the metal hardware on furniture pieces they were restoring. I bought some at the craft store (I didn't find any at home depot) and boy did it make a difference on our porch light. It's a wax paste that I believe has some kind of magical properties. It's held up beautifully these last few weeks through rain, wind, and falling tree debris.
4. Restor-a-finish- My mother in law told me about this product a couple of years ago when I told her I wanted to paint our kitchen cabinets. I ended up painting the kitchen cabinets any way, but I bought a can of this stuff to fix up the finish on this railing. I had absolutely zero desire to try and refinish that thing so this was just the perfect product. All I had to do was rub it on, wait, and then rub the excess off. It took just a couple of minutes and it made a huge difference!
5. Mulch- Can't grow grass? Have a bare patch of dirt? Put some mulch on it and say, I meant to do that! I don't know that it would work in every case (random little islands of mulch in the middle of sea of lawn might look a bit weird, though with enough effort, you could make it work). We put mulch in our front