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How to ReDo Your Kitchen Floor for Passover

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How to ReDo Your Kitchen Floor for Passover

1 Comment 21 January 2011

That's my new floor on the right!


With Passover right around the corner, many of us are starting to clean every corner of our houses. While being able to eat off your floors does leave one with a sense of satisfaction, all that scrutinizing can also bring to light many of the things around the house that need replacing or repairing.
“My ceiling needs a new coat of paint”…”I really should think about replacing my kitchen cabinets”… these are just a few off the proverbial to-do list. While many home repairs are out of reach for the average person (who among us is crazy enough to get up on a ladder and paint their own ceiling? *wink, wink*), there is one quick and easy update that’s inexpensive, makes a world of difference and lasts for years. I’m talking about painting the floors.
I recently got married and so had the pleasure of renting and decorating my first apartment. As with any apartment, there were many repairs to be done and plenty of design decisions that I was all to happy to make. One of the first things that had to go was the kitchen floor. The linoleum tile was truly no less than horrific. The pattern, which was odd to begin with, had over the years become cracked, faded, stained and just plain disgusting.
One look at it and I thought, “No matter how much I mop and sweep this thing, it will always look dirty”
Now, replacing linoleum flooring with new wood is quite an expensive undertaking, and certainly not something I’d be willing to spring for to spruce up someone else’s home. So, instead, I turned to paint. As a rule, any surface that’s properly prepared and finished can be painted. It didn’t take too much time and wasn’t very difficult. The results are fabulous, and every time someone comes over I love to brag about how I painted the flooring myself. It’s fun to watch their jaws drop. Having the floor painted also makes the rest of the room look nicer and more pulled together. Read on for how-to instructions for this inexpensive and easy renovation.
1) Sweep and mop the floor. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to mention for the simple fact that whatever is on the floor when you paint it will be forever stuck there. You really don’t want dust and debris making their permanent home on your floor.
2) Sand it down. Uneven spots, dirt that was immovable by plain sweeping- you want it all gone so that the paint will adhere nicely to the floor. This was the most time-intensive part of the project, and to save time and effort you may want to invest in a power-sander. If not, embrace if as a workout or get someone to help. Remember
to sweep and mop once again after you finish this step.
3) apply a coat of oil-based primer to the floor. Use a roller attached to a long handle and you won’t even have to bend down! This was extremely easy. and took less than ten minutes. Just remember to make sure to apply the primer evenly and smoothly everywhere. Make sure you use oil-based materials so that mopping the floors later on won’t wear away and chip your work; the oil will help repel water.
4) after the primer has dried (a few hours, but the best would be to wait one day), apply two even coats of oil based paint in the color of your choice using, again, a long handled roller. Of course, you may want to create a design on the floor instead of one simple color. For more detailed instructions on this, see http://www.designspongeonline.com/2011/03/diy-project-stenciled-floors.html
5) Wait at least a day for the paint to dry, then seal it with any oil-based varnish (that long roller will start to seem like your best friend). Polyurethane is best, however, the fumes can be quite overpowering and even harmful. Leave windows open for ventilation.
That’s it- just five steps and you have a new floor! You may want to walk on it in socks for a while until it fully dries and hardens. If you follow each precaution, the paint job will last for years. You can buy all of the materials for this project, from the power sanders to the varnish, at www.homedepot.com or www.loews.com.
Obviously, this project requires a general avoidance of the room being painted for a good few days. A good idea is to either wait until right before you go away, or to paint it in small sections at a time. Try taping off small areas to remind your family not to step on your work, or better yet, let them help.
Good luck and enjoy your new floors!
For more how-to projects, pictures of my artwork and to keep up with what’s new out of my studio, check out my blog at www.Facebook.com/lenmiz or follow me at twitter.com/thatartistgirl.
Until next time,
Lenore (Mizrachi) Cohen
twitter.com/ ThatArtistGirl


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Pretty in Pink – Birthday Dinner for Friends

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Pretty in Pink – Birthday Dinner for Friends

4 Comments 25 December 2010

“For my best friends birthday, I went all out in MY favorite color with my pink placemats, drinking glasses and my rhinestone glitzy bow napkin rings wrapped in not one- but two napkins. I folded both a white and a pink napkin together to get that perfect shape to fit beautifully into my bows. For her special day , I served spaggheti squash baked ziti, a big hearty salad (every girls favorite) , artichoke bottoms, bruchetta, parmesan truffle french fries and last noodles with pesto. A deliciouse meal brings a smile to everyone :)

Recipe by Gladys Bawabeh

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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

No Comments 25 April 2010

A couple of years ago, I did this project with my two little sisters for my first apartment. I hung it above a chinese console that I painted lime green!

I love that its easy enough for a kid to make, plus it helps kids learn about mixing and juxtaposing interesting colors… and I think it turned out pretty cool!

I used 1 large canvas, 2 different widths of painter’s tape and acrylic paints… It took about an hour and a half and my sisters LOVED making it! I wanted it to be really bright and colorful, but you could limit your color palate and create something a little more sophisticated.

Happy DIY!



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Detox Your Home – Today!

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Detox Your Home – Today!

No Comments 11 April 2010

Your home should be the cleanest place in the whole world… and you may think it is, but by using cleaning products filled with hazardous chemicals, you are actually doing more harm than good!!! You can read the alarming facts HERE. The good news is that keeping your home clean and healthful (to you and the planet) is not as hard as it seems.  And contrary to popular belief, these green cleaners work just as well as the chemical ones. I know because I use them!

So I’ve gathered some easy tips from Shaklee’s website. They make my favorite products for keeping my house squeaky clean.

  1. Get the dirt.
    Educate yourself about what you bring into your home at www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov
  2. Have a clean-for-all.
    Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.
  3. Welcome healthy into your home.
    Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep. Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home: 

    • Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
    • Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners.
    • Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.
    • Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.
    • Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.
    • Healthy paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.
    • Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Look for these clean credentials on Get Clean products: non-toxic, natural,
      biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic.
  4. Clean up our collective home.
    Make the earth healthier for all of us who call it home by using these things in yours: 

    • Compact fluorescent lighting. They last a whole lot longer.
    • Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.
    • A low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.
    • Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.
    • Your flicker finger. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
    • Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.
    • Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet. Use it to store your new
      Get Clean Starter Kit.
    To buy Shaklee products you can email Renee Braha at mailto:Rbraha@aol.com.
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An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids


An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids

No Comments 20 March 2010

Its easy to get wrapped up in Passover planning and forget the real purpose of the holiday. Our kids. The memories we create year by year are what they carry with them forever. So, as I started planning my Passover menu, I put down my pen and said to Sarah, “Lets make a Pesach craft.”  Inspired by Kaboose,we gathered some

    • watercolor paints
    • watercolor paper
    • ribbon or raffia
    • hole punch
    • watecolor pencils
    • stencils
    • kosher salt
  1. Cut  a large piece of watercolor paper into 2 large pieces- about 11×13 inches.
  2. Mix your watercolors paints with water to create the colors of your choice.
  3. Spray or spread a thin layer of water on top of the watercolor paper. Blot it slightly with a paper towel so its not too wet.
  4. Paint and splatter paints onto the watercolor paper to your hearts content, letting the colors bleed onto each other.
  5. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the colors, the effects are fun to watch.
  6. When dry, stencil the words afikoman in English or Hebrew on a separate piece of watercolor paper using watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils are fun to use. After drawing your design, wet the design with a brush and watch a mere colored pencil drawing turn into a watercolor design.

  1. You can also stencil flowers or any other design on a separate paper.
  2. Punch holes approximately 2 inches apart along the perimeters of both pages along 3 sides of the pages in order to leave an opening for the afikoman.
  3. Make sure the holes on both pages line up!
  4. Thread a ribbon or raffia through the holes- its a great sewing lesson for little kids!
  5. Make a knot or bow at the end.
  6. Glue the Afikoman words, and your other stencil embellishments onto one of the painted papers.
  7. Enjoy your child’s masterpiece!
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