DIY Paint Thinner
Paint thinner has long been an essential weapon in the DIYer's home arsenal, but its strong fumes can make it tough to be around. You can create your own oil-based paint thinner with a quarter cup of lemon oil and a cup of linseed oil. Mix it into your paint little by little until it's the right consistency.
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DIY Wood Filler
Wood filler is pretty cheap, but if a trip to the hardware store isn't in your future, it's easy enough to make yourself. For a perfect color match, use sawdust from the damaged furniture. Mix one part sawdust with three parts glue, and apply to the hole. Wait for it to dry, then sand.
Yes, really, you can make your own milk paint using only skim milk (go figure) and powdered pigment. If that's not your style, you can turn ordinary flat-finish paint into chalkboard paint by adding two tablespoons of tile grout to every cup of paint. Smooth with fine sandpaper after the paint dries.
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DIY Paint Brush Holder
Some of us are painting pros, and then others are pros at letting our brushes slip into a full paint pan. Prevent this by cutting foam pipe insulators to fit the side of a paint tray, and then making slits along the length. If you need to step away, just stick the brush in the foam.
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