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How to Paint Over Stained and Varnished Wood Paneling

30 Mayo 2015 
Wood PanelingRecently I published this article How to Bring Life to Old Wood Paneling Cheaply and Easily explaining how to restore a new shine to old paneling and woodwork easily.


After reading the article, a fellow writer dropped me a line wanting to know if she could just paint over old wood paneling, as she "has too much of it." As someone who loves the look of finished wood, I didn't know that such a thing was possible.

Paint Over Finished Wood? I Wouldn't Do it, But ...

But, while I happen to love the look and longevity of stained and varnished wood, and would not usually recommend painting over it, I understand how some may not feel the same way. That being said, I decided to write this article detailing a couple of methods used to cover old varnished wood.

First of all, it depends on what the wood is on. For instance, if you're looking to cover an old desk or coffee table, then you're going to want to completely strip the old varnish and stain away before painting. Any surface that would be considered "high traffic" would qualify to be stripped before painting. This is because these surfaces would be more prone to chipping and flaking because of repeated use.

When Completely Stripping Varnish From the Woodwork

Removing the old stain and varnish can be done with any of several brands of stripper on the market, such as Jasco Varnish and Stain Remover or PVR Paint and Varnish Remover. This is usually a labor intensive task, requiring multiple applications and cleanup, as well as sometimes including the use of protective clothing or masks. Different brands have different sets of instructions, and their formulas vary from highly toxic to environmentally friendly, and although the highly toxic ones tend to work a little better, the environmentally friendly ones are, well, environmentally friendly. The choice is of course yours.

If You Want to Paint Without Stripping the Surfaces First

However, if the surface is not going to be handled or touched often, such as the surface of a paneled wall, then you can paint over them, with just a little preparation first. Keep in mind that if your paneling has a "textured" surface such as in the image accompanying this article, the texture will most likely show through the final coat of paint.

The first thing you're going to want to do is to thoroughly clean the surface with a degreasing agent and a scouring pad or steel wool. This will remove any wax or oils on the surface that could cause the new paint not to adhere well. Be sure to wipe down the surfaces well to remove any detergent residue.

Next, you'll need to lightly sand the surface of the varnish with a medium grit sandpaper or sanding sponge. Around 150 grit works well, and be sure to sand any grooves or scrollwork as well. For grooves, I usually fold a piece of sandpaper over the edge of a plastic squeegee or plastic putty knife. Remember, you don't need to sand away everything, you just want to take the shine off of the varnish. This will provide a coarse surface for the new primer to bond with.

After you've finished sanding, wipe down the surfaces with mineral spirits to remove any dust left behind, and allow to dry completely. Be sure to check any grooves or scrollwork before painting as the mineral spirits can collect in these and still be wet, which would cause the primer coat to not adhere.

Now you're almost ready to begin painting. Tape off any edges with Blue Painter's Tape, and apply a good oil based primer to the surface. Be sure to use a high quality roller or brush to prevent any "texturing" or "bristle marks" on the surfaces. Allow the primer to dry completely, then check over the surfaces for any blemishes that the primer may have revealed. Any nail holes or dents can be repaired with Wood Filler Putty and sanded smooth. Be sure to re-prime these areas after repairing them.

Pay Attention to the Small Details, Like Grooves or Scrollwork

Once you have a smooth surface, you can apply your finish coats. Depending on what quality paint you choose, it may take as many as two to three coats for complete coverage. Watch any grooves or scrollwork carefully for buildup, and use a brush to pull the paint very thin on each coat in them. Excessive buildup can cause a "blurring" effect on the sharp edges of the grooves, which will detract from your finished look.

If you'd like a very smooth finish, you can lightly sand before your final coat using a medium fine grit, around 200 to 280, to knock down any drips or imperfections.

That's all there is to it. It's a little labor intensive, but for those who think they have too much woodwork in their home and would like to brighten things up a bit, this fairly easy procedure will do it. Good luck!

For more construction and repair tips, follow this link to Home Construction and Repair Tips.

Common Misconceptions About Back Pain | Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

30 Mayo 2015 
Back pain is a common medical complaint. People often seek solutions for their back pain from friends and family as well as the Internet. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Let's look at some of the most common misconceptions about back pain and set the record straight.

If you have back pain, you should rest until the pain stops.

False. While you may need to limit some activities to avoid making the pain worse, it is important to keep moving as much as you can. Active patients often recover more quickly than those who remain inactive. Bed rest can be helpful, but for no more than three days with intermittent stretching throughout the day.

Exercise makes back pain worse.

Sometimes false. Those who keep up a regular exercise routine generally have stronger back and abdominal muscles, which help to support and take pressure off the spine. Exercise is an important part of recovery for those who suffer from back pain. However, those with acute back pain should avoid exercise.

If I see a doctor for my back pain, he or she will try to convince me to have surgery.

False. Unless there is severe spinal trauma, or you have serious symptoms such as incontinence, instability, an inability to walk, changes in neurologic function, numbness, tingling, weight loss, body aches, or night sweats, most doctors will try to treat you with nonsurgical methods first. Surgery is only considered when nonsurgical methods fail to yield improvement. In fact, many back problems can be treated successfully without the need for surgery.

If my back hurts, I must have injured it.

Sometimes false. It is true that injury can cause back pain, but it is not the only cause. Disc degeneration, diseases, and infection are also common causes of back pain.

Nonsurgical treatment for back pain is the same for most conditions -- pain medication, ice packs, and physical therapy.

False. While treatment may be similar for several conditions, it is important to see a doctor to find out what is causing your pain. Once your doctor has pinpointed the source of your pain, he or she can give you a treatment plan that fits your needs, including exercises that help your condition. This allows for more rapid pain relief removes the uncertainty of your condition.

Back pain is a problem for older people; it's a normal part of aging.

False. While older people are often more susceptible to back and spinal conditions due to the normal wear and tear of aging, young people experience back pain too. Some people are born with spinal defects that can cause back problems. Younger people involved in sports can also experience back pain due to injury or repetitive motion. Furthermore, back pain does not have to be a part of the aging process. Living a healthy lifestyle and practicing good posture can decrease your chances of suffering from back pain as you get older.

A massage will help relieve my back pain.

Sometimes false. A massage can help in some cases, but can cause more pain in others. It's very important to see a doctor to identify the source of the pain before beginning any treatment regimen, including massage therapy. Massages can help to relieve tension and stiffness caused by chronic back pain. However, if your pain is caused by instability, a massage in the unstable area can worsen the instability, and thereby worsen your pain.

Do you have any questions about back pain for Dr. Gleiber? Visit his blog page or tweet to him @SpineHealthMD.

Tips to Choose the Best House Painting Colors by Nick Taylor

30 Mayo 2015 
House painting is like getting a makeover that adorns your home. You need it timely according to the changing trends of taste for color and design. Its bit tough to know where to get started. Well this article describes about how to choose house painting colors effectively to add beauty to your home design and style. It highlights the remarkable points to note while choosing appropriate color for various areas of the house. Your home reflects your personality, your way of living and thus by contrasting colors you can give illusion of your royalty, taste, and your likes. Its also recommended to properly know the difference between exterior house painting and interior house painting considering different parameters affecting the correct choice of paint both the sides. The best way to know the color effects and perfect contrast matching going online is the useful solution. You can explore various colors and select according to your taste through virtual online sources and paint websites.

The whole idea of selecting suitable colors for exterior or interior house painting is little confusing but simply explained here. First is the wise selection of color type for interior and exterior painting like, latex based paint or oil based paint, a glossy finish or flat finish etc. and lot more. Painting contractors will help you giving the best options that suit the best according to your home building structure, type of wall and different area of the house. So its wise to hire a professional painter. Although the idea of painting yourself is tempting and sounds interesting but one should understand that painting is a long term value addition to your home. You cannot keep changing it every now and then. It is a timely and cost effective process.

If you are going for exterior house painting than paint you choose should suit the weather of your area. No doubt painting contractors will surely take care of this and suggest you accordingly. Because external moisture, heat, constant rain and other unfavorable weather conditions cause problems like peeling off, chalking, fading etc. While choosing interior house paint you should be concerned about easy removal of stains and easy washable paint which keeps the look of the wall paint live and fresh.

Even if all this provisions are cared by a professional painter, we are still left with one basic question. Which color to select? Color of the paint is the major part that decorates your home interior or exterior makeover. While choosing colors for interior house painting you should consider the following points.

If your house is comparatively small, pastel shades will make it look spacious because they reflect more light. Pastel paints are suitable if the source of light is less in any particular area especially basement or the staircase line. Also basic shades of white or light colors will apt if you already have a color contrast running through your furniture, curtains, and interior decoration. Also you may opt for diverse colors for different areas like main hall, reading room, guest room, dining hall, kitchen, bedroom, living area and so on.

For color lovers there is a wide range of bright color scheme waiting to be explored. Orange and yellow colors are known representing energy and enthusiasm. You can use such bright colors in your childrens room to create an energetic environment. Nowadays pink is the favorite color for girls and blue for boys. These ideas really work in making of their room look cool. One can also add some creative ideas like wall prints or wallpapers to make the walls attractive especially in center hall or spacious bedroom.

If you have a garden then lighter shades of green or brown can be used at your garden area. Even if you have few planters or bushes it will appear to be an abundant garden. For a Royal look you can paint your house with very light tint of camel brown color and add maroon interior to highlight the furniture.

If you are going for exterior house painting then again try sticking to basic neutral pastel shades of white, pale yellow etc. Also go with bold colors and use pastel shades for painting windows and again a dark shade for the roof top. You should try to blend your house in your surroundings. Get more ideas from vast resources available online.

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Picasso painting sets world record for art at auction $179M

29 Mayo 2015 
NEW YORK -  A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.

Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" and Giacometti's life-size "Pointing Man" were among dozens of masterpieces from the 20th century Christie's offered in a curated sale titled "Looking Forward to the Past."

The Picasso price, $179,365,000, and the Giacometti price, $141,285,000, included the auction house's premium. The buyers elected to remain anonymous.

Overall, 34 of 35 lots sold at Monday's auction for a total of $706 million.

Experts say the high sale prices were driven by artworks' investment value and by wealthy collectors seeking out the very best works.

"I don't really see an end to it, unless interest rates drop sharply, which I don't see happening in the near future," Manhattan dealer Richard Feigen said.

Impressionist and modern artworks continue to corner the market because "they are beautiful, accessible and a proven value," added Sarah Lichtman, professor of design history and curatorial studies at The New School.

"I think we will continue to see the financiers seeking these works out as they would a blue chip company that pays reliable dividends for years to come," she said.

"Women of Algiers," once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso's fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugene Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-55 designated with the letters A through O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the Spanish artist.

The most expensive artwork sold at auction had been Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which Christie's sold for $142.4 million in 2013.

"Pointing Man," depicting a skinny 5-foot-high bronze figure with extended arms, has been in the same private collection for 45 years. Giacometti, who died in 1966, made six casts of the work; four are in museums, and the others are in private hands and a foundation collection.

His "Walking Man I" had held the auction record for a sculpture. It sold for $104.3 million in 2010.

Among other highlights at Christie's was Peter Doig's "Swamped," a 1990 painting of a canoe in a moonlit lagoon, which sold for slightly less than $26 million, a record for the British artist.

Claude Monet's "The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset," a lush painting of rich blues and magenta created in 1900-01, sold for $40.5 million, in line with pre-sale estimates but well short of a record for the artist.

Christie's also had a Mark Rothko for sale. "No. 36 (Black Stripe)," which had never appeared at auction, also sold for $40.5 million, on par with predictions. The 1958 work was sold by German collector Frieder Burda, who exhibited it in his museum in Baden-Baden for several years.

Last year, Christie's said its global sales of impressionist and modern art were $1.2 billion, an increase of 19 percent over the previous year.

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29 Mayo 2015 
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