How To Clean With Vinegar: Part Two

Pots and Pans

For really greasy frying pans, simmer 1/4″ water and 1/2C. vinegar in the pan for 10 minutes then wash as usual. The smell will dissipate quickly after washing.

Remove stains that develop on aluminum pans by using  2 tablespoons vinegar and enough water to cover the stain. Bring to a boil and let the mixture boil for three to five minutes. Wash as normal after pan has cooled off.

Broiler pans can be a horrible mess. Especially the burned on mess. In order to clean the mess add 2 cups vinegar and 1/4 cup sugar to a warm pan. Soak for an hour, then clean as usual.

Sink Maintenance

Equal parts vinegar, salt and baking soda is a good way to help a slow moving sink. Pour all the ingredients into the drain. Let the solution sit for one hour then follow with boiling water down the drain.

To clear a clog, try 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain and let it sit for three hours. Pour boiling water down the drain to flush after the three hours.

Garbage disposal rubber seals can stink. Remove the seal and let it soak for one hour in vinegar. Rinse and replace. No more stink.

Let vinegar that you sprayed around your sink on mineral deposits sit for 15 minutes or more, then scrub the deposits away.

Everyday give your counter tops a quick wipe with straight vinegar to keep them sparkling clean and smelling fresh.

Use apple cider vinegar on tile and grout to keep it grease free and smelling fresh.

Vinegar part three is coming soon…

 

I would like to thank Heinz vinegar with some of the tips and tricks provided to you today by bitchesdoitbest.

How to Clean with Vinegar: Part One

Vinegar has power far beyond what we think it has. You can clean, preserve food, help with pain and tackle the dirtiest of tasks. Try any of these tips and tricks of vinegar and you will forever be a vinegar convert.

I personally think that next to my bathrooms  the kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house and the most difficult to keep clean because it is the most used. You feel like you are forever in your kitchen doing task after task of keeping it clean with all the spills, splatters, drips, pots, pans and cooking that goes on in there.

Let’s explore what the miracle of vinegar can do in your kitchen.

Kurig and Coffeemakers

Use 1/4 C. of vinegar and 3 C. cold water mixed and run 1 brewing cycle. Follow that cycle with a cold water cycle of clean water and repeat until you don’t smell the vinegar any longer. This will allow for the continued fresh flavor of your coffee you are used to by helping to keep build up at bay.

Dishwashers

In a completely empty dishwasher add 1/2 cup vinegar and run. By doing this you will help deodorize the dishwasher as well as help with the maintenance by helping clogged lines and muck buildup.

Microwaves

Everyone I know has a microwave that is spattered with food at sometime or another. To rid your microwave of this yucky mess, place a glass measuring cup with one cup of water and 1/4 cup vinegar in the microwave. Set 3 minutes on high on your timer and let the mixture boil. Be very careful removing the very hot glass. Wipe the inside of the microwave down with a damp sponge and the food should clean right up.

Ovens

Finish cleaning your oven by wiping the surface with a mixture of vinegar and water. Use equal amounts of vinegar and water to wash down the oven to help prevent grease build up. Twice a year you should also clean the vent of your oven hood. Soak vent in 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water. Wipe down after 1/2 hour of soaking.

Refrigerators

Wipe inside the fridge on the rubber seals using a sponge soaked but not dripping with vinegar. This will help keep the seals clean, fresh and free from mildew.

How To Make Cheap Drawer Pulls To Match Anything

knobs11I was walking through Lowe’s one day looking for inspiration. I love walking through Lowe’s to spark an idea for a new craft idea. Anyway, I was walking down the knob aisle when I spotted a two pack of wood knobs for $1.57.knobs05 Not only are the knobs only $1.57, I can make them to match any piece or anything I need them to match. Yipee!

knobs08I always start with a base coat on the knobs. I always use black. Black is my go to color for anything I paint that needs a coat. That way if any of the original surface is seen through then the black still matches the coloring no matter what I use.

After I pick my color combination, it’s time to paint. I like to stick to three colors but sometimes four works well also.knobs07 You have to control how much paint you apply to the knobs to start because they don’t need much paint at all. If you apply to much paint the knobs can come out looking muddy. We want crisp coloring.

knobs12I use a small paint brush to maneuver the paint around the knob. I use small dabbing motion to slightly let the color’s touch and blend.knobs02

After you like the pattern you have on your knob, let it dry. It should take about ten minutes for the paint to dry on the knob.

I like to make the knobs look glossy. In order to complete the glossy look I use a product called Triple Thick. You can purchase Triple Thick at any craft venue.

I apply a coat of Triple Thick using a small paintbrush loaded with the triple thick on the paintbrush.knobs10 Using even strokes apply the product. Make sure not to overwork the triple thick. It will level itself out. Give the triple thick a chance to dry and apply another coat. Apply up to three to four coats for best outcome.

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Side Table Transformation Using Unicorn Spit

spit05I was trolling the internet for new painting techniques and I came across a product I absolutely fell in love with. It is Unicorn Spit gel glaze and stain in one. It is so easy to use and has amazingly different and  fun results every time you use it.unicorn12

I decided to use Unicorn Spit on an end table for my inaugural piece. It was an older piece that had good bones but many scrapes and bumps. To be honest I figured since the side table was so badly beat up I had nothing to loose by trying the Unicorn Spit on this particular piece.

I wanted to complete the top of the table first before I dove into the body. I really wanted the top and drawer to stand out. I think I adequately accomplished that.unicorn11

I started by painting the table top in Velvet Finishes furniture paint in the color of  Rococo.unicorn07 ( I will review Velvet Finishes in another blog post.) It took three coats to cover the top of the side table. I was able to paint pretty quickly because the Velvet Finishes dried very quickly between coats. HINT: (Between coats, cover your paint brush without washing it, in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator. This will keep it moist until the next coat of paint needs to be added.) The paint dried completely and it was time to apply our Unicorn Spit. Oh, the joy! I couldn’t wait.

Now came the fun part. I was going to use this piece in my bedroom next to a red chair and I wanted to use muted colors. I ended up using Weathered Daydream, Squirrel and Tucson. unicorn02The application process was the best part, aside from the finished product itself.

Using the product was like finger painting for adults. Here’s the application process I used.

I took a squirt bottle I bought at Lowe’s and filled it with water. I completely sprayed down the table top. Once the top was adequately wet it was time to apply the Spit. I wanted to go for something easy so I didn’t pick a pattern per se. I just randomly squirt out each color on the table top in no order what so ever. The bottles come in a squirt bottle form so it made it very easy to apply the product.spit10

After the product was on the table top it was time to spray more water over this really cool gel glaze. The water is what activates this product. (It’s so easy to use that if you don’t like the way your piece is coming out then just spray some water and wipe away the product and start over.) Just to be clear. I first sprayed the table top with water before I applied the product, applied the product, then applied more water over the gel stain. I know lots of water usage going on here.

Now comes the adult finger painting part. Manipulate the paint with your fingers until you have the pattern you like. You can add as many or as few colors as you like. I used just three colors for my project. I literally used my fingers to manipulate the paint around the table. I was happy with my pattern after only a few minutes so I was ready for the next step.unicorn13

Make sure to spray a little more water on top of your gel stain if it looks like it’s drying out. Next, take a piece of plastic(I bought drop cloth painters plastic at Lowes.) You are going to carefully place the plastic over the top of your piece all at one time. Recruit help for this part if you have a big piece. The air will suck out from the bottom of the plastic as you lay it down. Please be careful to not get any air bubbles.   Carefully patting down the air bubble or lifting the plastic slightly will take care of the problem.

After the plastic is in place, spray more water over the plastic. This makes it easier for you to slide whatever tool you are going to use over it. I used a sanding block without the sandpaper on it. I lightly patted down over my plastic. The paint spreads and makes a wild pattern depending on what technique you use. (I used a random pattern technique.)

Time to lift our plastic off the top of the table. This needs to be done in one motion. I grabbed all four corners and pulled in an upward motion until the plastic was lifted off the top.

Now you can sit back and admire your newly transformed piece. All there is left to do at this point is let the top dry. You can use a hairdryer to get it to dry faster, but I just let it dry naturally.

spit09 spit05After the top was dry,  I used tung oil to protect the piece from wear and tear. I applied the oil by pouring a little on a paper plate. I used a sponge brush and going in one direction applied the oil. I let the tung oil curate overnight. It dried to a clear hard coating thus protecting the table top.

I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze in the color of Moose Mousse for the body of the side table. It is a glaze that can be used over an old varnish. It took about three coats to  obtain the deep color I wanted. It was easy to use and a bonus soap and water clean up. I didn’t need any protective coating on the body.

spit04The last remaining element to this project was the drawer. I decided to use Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk chalk paint on the drawer. It took two coats and no prep work. I used a antiquing brown wax over the Emperor’s Silk to deepen the color.spit02I lightly dipped my wax brush into the dark wax and with a delicate hand applied the wax using a vertical motion. I went over the dark wax with my brush several times. I put a clear coat of wax on first to protect the drawer as well as to make it easier to apply the dark wax. (Always use a clear wax before using any colored wax for easy application.)spit08

I waited until the next morning to add the hardware. There you have it. Amazing Unicorn Spit side table! This beautiful side table is now sitting in my bedroom next to it’s mate, the red chair!

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My Daughter’s Awesome Chalk Painted Night Stand

nightstand01I wanted to share an amazing piece that I recently up-cycled for my daughter’s bedroom. I really didn’t plan on adding this piece to my blog but I am so in love with the outcome, I just had to. So here it is. An old fashioned night stand turned modern masterpiece. My daughter loves it and I hope you enjoy it also.

I painted this using chalk paint. I then used a clear coat of wax over the top of the piece. I ordered the knobs online to give it more of a modern look.

My daughter doesn’t like the distressed look so we left it painted in just a two tone clear crisp look. No dark wax was used on this piece.

For full chalk paint instructions, please see my post on chalk paining furniture.