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How to decorate lampshades easily and stay super eco friendly

How to decorate lampshades easily and stay super eco friendly

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 3rd May 2014

Lampshades are often overlooked as an opportunity to decorate, but they shouldn’t be!  Lamps are focal points that catch the eye and provide your light both day and night.  Many lamps come with plain white or off-white shades.  While they are the most versatile as far as fitting in to any home’s colour scheme, they aren’t adding anything extra to your décor.  Thankfully there’s a very easy fix for that - painting or decorating you lampshades! There are tonnes of ways to decorate lampshades, so do some research or draw up some ideas first.  Small, simple changes can have a huge impact on your whole room.  For example, painting the inside of a lampshade with gold spray paint casts a warm, yellow glow throughout the room which instantly ups the coziness vibe … read more
Preparing your Window Boxes for summer - Painting With Natural & Eco Friendly Paints

Preparing your Window Boxes for summer - Painting With Natural & Eco Friendly Paints

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 3rd May 2014

As the sun starts to peek out and the temperature slowly rises, the first thing on many people’s minds is gardening! Spring is the perfect time of year to be outside playing in the dirt. “What if I don’t have a garden to play in?” you ask… That’s where window boxes come in! Whether you’ve a balcony or merely a window, you can have your own contained flower bed right at your fingertips year-round. If you had plants in your window box last season, make sure to clean out their remains before starting your new arrangement. You might want to change out the soil completely, though you might get away with only changing half if the dirt has only been used for one prior planting. Window boxes look great with plants that spill over the front such as ivy or draping plants, textured fille … read more
Safely & Naturally Clean Pet Accidents with Eco Friendly Products

Safely & Naturally Clean Pet Accidents with Eco Friendly Products

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 2nd May 2014

Whether you have a new puppy or an eldery cat, muddy paw prints or bile stains, pet owners are going to encounter a mess at some point.  Although the joy our pets bring us is well worth the loss of a spotlessly clean carpet, it doesn’t mean you have to live with stains.  The important part is finding a natural, eco-friendly cleaner that isn’t harmful to you and your furry family.  This all natural carpet and upholstery cleaning kit from Auro contains everything you’ll need.  Once you’ve got your safe cleaning products, it’s time to renew the life of your carpet! First, pretreat any stain(s) with a breathable, natural pretreatment agent such as the ones that come with the Auro Texxclean kit.  Agitate the treated spot with a brush to loosen the stain.& … read more
Updating your Kitchen - Modern Design & Renovation - A New Look

Updating your Kitchen - Modern Design & Renovation - A New Look

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 2nd May 2014

There’s no need to live with an out of date, shabby set of kitchen cabinets any longer! Updating your kitchen is as simple as refinishing the cabinets and perhaps adding some new hardware (e.g. knobs and handles). In the blink of an eye, you’ll feel like you’re standing in a modern, new kitchen. Because the kitchen holds your food and dishes, be sure to use an organic, all natural wood paint such as a Natural Matte Silk for interiors. These natural paints are non-toxic and safe to use in an eating area. Paint gives you a host of decorative options in the kitchen, you can paint the walls and cabinets in complementary colours, or use the paint to create accent pieces that will draw the eye and wow visitors. You could even paint designs on your kitchen table after priming with an u … read more
Staining & Painting with Stencils - Design & Decorate

Staining & Painting with Stencils - Design & Decorate

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 1st May 2014

There are so many clever ways to decorate, it’s hard to settle on just one!  But we’ve found a fun, easy project that will give you stunning results.  Wood staining with stencils is the idea of having a stenciled area that doesn’t absorb the stain, so it remains the natural wood colour while the rest of your piece will take the stain.  You can use this technique on cabinets, furniture, end tables, even a floor!First of all, you’ll need a stencil, some wood glue, water, old rags or shirts and a good quality natural wood stain.  After taping down the stencil, mix the wood glue with some water and apply it to your stencil using a rag or shirt.  You could also use a paint roller for this step.  As when you use paint on a stencil, start off with a thin coat an … read more
The Dangers of Mould in your Home - Protect your family the natural way

The Dangers of Mould in your Home - Protect your family the natural way

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 1st May 2014

Mould can be found everywhere—in the air, on many surfaces, any damp areas.  What does that mean for us, especially when the mould is found in your own home?  It means you are at risk for one of the many harmful effects that mould exposure can wreak on the human body.  Some people are more sensitive to mould than others, so depending on the type of mould you’re dealing with, your symptoms could range from a stuffy nose and coughing to serious lung infections and asthma.Most likely there are already mould spores in your home even if they aren’t visible to the naked eye.  Mould spores enter our dwellings through open windows, vents, doors and even as hitchhikers on purses, shoes and pets.  The spores in and of themselves aren’t likely to give you problems, but if the … read more
Update Your Furniture the Eco Friendly Way & Save Cash

Update Your Furniture the Eco Friendly Way & Save Cash

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 30th Apr 2014

Short of buying new furniture, painting your existing furniture is the cheapest, easiest way to freshen up a room.  Perhaps you’re ready for a new colour scheme, or maybe you’re just looking to give your space a facelift.  Either way, look at your furniture with a new eye and think about the options you could create by repainting it. Brightly painted furniture can be an accent piece that draws the eye as well as drawing the colour scheme of a room together.  Dark colours will cause the piece to appear larger while lighter colours will help the item to blend in to a room.  For example, you may want to paint wall bookshelves a lighter colour so they seem to be parts of the walls, but you’d rather have the eye drawn to your coffee table or end table, so you can paint thos … read more
An Earth Day Art Project - Teach the kids!

An Earth Day Art Project - Teach the kids!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 30th Apr 2014

Earth Day is coming up in April, so it’s the perfect time to mix things up for your children’s craft time!  Earth Day art is the ideal opportunity to teach kids about recycling and being Earth friendly.  For this fun craft you’ll need to assemble some items: organic paint that is non-toxic to both your children and the Earth, recycled paper or cardboard that can be painted on, and some cotton buds or paintbrushes for painting. Draw a circle on your recycled canvas and outline some continents… No need to be perfectly accurate!  The idea here is to give the general outlines of a globe that your child will paint in.  Blue and green should be the only colours you need for this project, so pour those natural paints into an old jar lid or plastic cap and let the ki … read more
Eco Friendly Decorating & Decorative Ideas – Painting Tiles!

Eco Friendly Decorating & Decorative Ideas – Painting Tiles!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Apr 2014

If you have found yourself staring at the tiles in your bathroom or the backsplash tiles in your kitchen and wishing you could spice it up a bit? well here’s your chance! This is a very simple do-it-yourself project that instructs just how you can get paint to stick to tiles so that you could create a colourful pattern (such as adding a few blue tiles to that plain white tiled divider in the kitchen!) for a chic, new look – without having to replace the tiles themselves!First, be sure to thoroughly clean your tiles. It’s best to use a solution of ammonia and water and saturate your tiles. Scrub the face of the tile with a brush and then let dry before continuing with the project. Then apply painters tape to the grout surrounding the tile and make sure it is secure – this will preserve your … read more
Have a House Painting Party - Find out who your real friends are!

Have a House Painting Party - Find out who your real friends are!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Apr 2014

We’ve all heard of painting parties—wine, canvases, brushes and friends.  And they’re a great time!  But what if you could throw a HOUSE painting party… Same idea as the wine and painting parties, yet you’re getting your room painted in the process!  Genius.  So how do you sweeten the deal enough to actually get your friends to attend and help without tricking them?  Don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started. First of all, you’ll need to be mentally prepared.  Your friends may not paint up to your standards.  You’ll have to be willing and able to accept this.  The tradeoff is that you’ll get your room(s) painted a whole lot faster than doing it alone, and it will be a fun, sociable time that you’ll remember every time you walk i … read more
Texturing your Walls with Eco Friendly & Natural Decorative Plaster

Texturing your Walls with Eco Friendly & Natural Decorative Plaster

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Apr 2014

To add a unique element to any room, many people are looking into adding texture to their walls.  This simple process gives the finished product a custom look that you can enjoy for many years.  By using an eco-friendly decorative plaster before painting your walls, you can create any number of effects.  Let your personality shine through when applying your textures… The sky’s the limit! Want to know more about painting new plaster?First of all, texturing your walls can be a messy process, so make sure to put down drop cloths.  Apply your decorative plaster to the walls.  Depending on the look you’re going for, you could either use a textured item to paint the plaster on such as a broom or whisk, or you could use a natural roll-on plaster with a paint roller a … read more
Preparing Wood for Stain - Using Natural & Eco Friendly Wood Stains

Preparing Wood for Stain - Using Natural & Eco Friendly Wood Stains

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 28th Apr 2014

When properly taken care of, wood is a beautiful addition to any home that can last a lifetime.  Before you begin a wood finishing project, you’ll want to know the basics to ensure you get the most professional looking results possible.  The key to any good wood finishing job is sanding.  Sand, sand, sand.  A thorough sanding will raise the quality of your results exponentially.  Choose a medium grade sandpaper to begin, and as the wood begins to smooth out, gradually switch to finer and finer grades of sandpaper.  Sand with the grain for best results.  Keep an eye on any joints in the wood that may have dried glue stuck in them.  Dried glue can interfere with your staining process down the road, so take care of it now with a good sanding.  If … read more
How to puppy proof the house - are there any natural paints that could be useful?

How to puppy proof the house - are there any natural paints that could be useful?

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 28th Apr 2014

So you’re finally bringing home your new puppy!  This is a special and exciting time, so making sure you’ve done your best to puppy proof your home for your puppy’s safety (and your sanity) is vital.  Puppies will get into everything and are prone to chewing and having accidents.  It can be a stressful stage, but as any animal lover knows, it is worth it in the long run!  With some thought and planning, you can reduce your stress and your new addition’s chances of getting into trouble.As you go from room to room, keep an eye out for things like power cords, plants, knick knacks and chemicals.  Make sure to keep clutter picked up as a curious puppy will chew on anything… Not only is that going to be annoying for you, some items could be fatal to a dog if swallowed.& … read more
Easter Egg Decorating - Lots of kids painting ideas!

Easter Egg Decorating - Lots of kids painting ideas!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 19th Apr 2014

Easter (and hopefully warmer weather!) is just around the corner, so start running your test batches of Easter eggs now to get ahead of the curve.  Long gone are the days of merely dying your eggs different colours.  Oh no, nowadays there are baskets and baskets full of cute and clever ideas for really taking your Easter egg decorating to the next level.First, decide what kind of eggs you’re going to use.  If you like hard boiled eggs, feel free to make a big batch of those to use as your canvases.  Just keep in mind they will not last long, so you’re creations will be fleeting.  Alternatively, you could use wooden eggs or plastic eggs.  These will last forever and can be used year after year.Once you’ve got your eggs picked out, buy some natural and  … read more
How to upcycle your old jars into something awesome!

How to upcycle your old jars into something awesome!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 14th Apr 2014

Cleverly upcycle your old jars by turning them into stunning painted or decorated centrepieces for your supper table with some easy to find household items.  Candle jars add a touch of romance and beauty to any table.  Wrap them in tissue paper and glue on cut-out designs that will stand out against the soft glow offered when you place a tea light candle inside your finished jar.If flowers are your thing, you can easily press the blossoms of pansies inside a book and then glue the flattened, dried flowers onto your clean, empty glass jars.  Add a candle or fill them with fresh cut flowers.  Either way, they are sure to bring a dash of spring indoors!Use a good quality, natural and organic paint to paint your jars with designs after you clean them with rubbing … read more
Understanding The Dangers Of VOCs And Toxins In Standard Paints

Understanding The Dangers Of VOCs And Toxins In Standard Paints

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 12th Apr 2014

It’s always suggested that you paint in a well-ventilated area due to the fumes that are released.  In fact, the chemicals that are being released are called Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs.  The strong smell and instant headache you’ll get when inhaling these vapors is a dead giveaway that they aren’t good for you.  While much of the VOCs leave the paint as it dries, did you know there are harmful chemicals still being released for years following the initial painting.  VOCs can trigger asthma and allergies over extended periods of time, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  Carcinogens are the most deadly aspect of VOCs in paint due to their cancer-causing abilities.  Unless you are specifically choosing VOC-free paints that are safe for you and … read more
The Bathroom of your Dreams - Do it this weekend!

The Bathroom of your Dreams - Do it this weekend!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 10th Apr 2014

Giving your bathroom a makeover may not be as difficult or expensive as you fear! Nothing brightens and rejuvenates a space like a fresh coat of paint. The best part? Bathrooms are small so this is an easy weekend project that will yield immediate, stunning results!Bathrooms are often going to be humid and prone to mould, so choose wisely when deciding on paint and consider using a natural anti-mould system that will kill existing mould before you begin and that comes with a VOC free mould-inhibiting organic paint that will keep it from growing back.First, take down all decorations and wall hangings including towel bars, cabinet knobs and electrical outlet covers. Use painter’s tape to protect trim, and use drop cloths to protect floors, sink, tub and toilet. Before painting, mak … read more
Expecting a new baby? Nursery Ideas for Small Spaces

Expecting a new baby? Nursery Ideas for Small Spaces

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 8th Apr 2014

When having your first (or third!) baby, you may be tight on space when planning the nursery. As your baby gets older, they may move into a larger shared room with a sibling, or you may be moving to a bigger house down the road. In any case, there are definitely ways to make the most of a small nursery space without sacrificing style.First things first, furniture! When choosing your nursery furniture, go for pieces that have more than one use and that will help tie in your natural paint palette of choice. That way you won’t have to clutter your small room with too much furniture when you could get the same uses out of it by carefully picking a few multi-functional pieces. For example, changing units take up a lot of space, so you can either try one that has shelves or drawers undernea … read more
Patio Layout Ideas - Design & Colour Schemes

Patio Layout Ideas - Design & Colour Schemes

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 6th Apr 2014

If you’ve got a patio or deck in your garden, it’s probably not getting as much use as it could! In order to turn it into an oasis, you may need to add some new elements or think outside the box with your current pieces. Many people have some deck chairs, a table, maybe a grill or stand-alone fire pit - all great items that will be the focal points of your new patio layout. However, they may not form a cohesive unit if they are all different colours and styles.So the first thing you’ll want to do is decide on a colour scheme. Whether you’d like to have a summery set of all white furniture or you’d like to pull in some bright tropical colours, it can easily be achieved with an organic, all-natural paint that is non-toxic to the environment it will be in. Some Eco-friendly ext … read more
Tips and Tricks for Wood Staining Your Deck or Patio - Make New Again!

Tips and Tricks for Wood Staining Your Deck or Patio - Make New Again!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 26th Mar 2014

After taking the painstaking measures of preparing your deck or patio for staining, the most work-intensive part of this DIY project is finished! Now’s it’s time to apply your wood finish, but exactly what is the best way to go about this task? The following are a few tips that can help you perfect the job. Taping off surrounding areas such as the siding of your house can ensure a crisp finished edge, as well as keep those areas free from any product. Carefully consider the directions on the manufacturer’s label – especially in natural/organic alternatives – because every product is different. Testing a small area and allowing it to dry will prevent any surprises and give you a better idea of your final product. Using a stain pad will provide you with a smooth finish without bein … read more