When our builder’s workers started applying the primer on our interior doors while they were still hanging, I knew this would end badly.
So I decided to save some costs and paint the doors myself. It couldn’t get worse than how it had been done so far.
Of course I knew nothing about painting doors, so I first had to do my research which I’m happy to share:
Good Practices for Painting Interior Doors
1) Lay down the door flat on saw horses
Painting a new interior door is easiest on saw horses:
– Only when the door is removed from the frame can you reach all the edges. Especially new doors need to be sealed everywhere to prevent moisture from entering – that includes the bottom edge.
– Only when the door is lying flat down can you achieve a smooth streak-free paint finish. It is easy to miss drips and runs leaving unsightly paint marks on your door. Plus you’ll avoid any mess on the walls and floors.
If the door is already installed, take it off for painting. Interior doors are hollow and easy to remove from the hinges.
2) Clean the door
Make sure there is no residue or grime on the door that would spoil the paint.
Wipe the door clean with soapy lukewarm water.
3) Sand down the door
If new or old, before painting you need to roughen up the surface.
Use a sanding block for profiled moldings and sandpaper on flat boards to smoothen any irregularities.
Clean up the dust with a vacuum or brush and damp cloth.
4) Fix any holes
Should the door have any holes, cracks or scratches, fill them before applying any primer or paint.
5) Dampen the surface
This trick is meant to help you achieve a smooth paint finish:
Wet the door’s surface slightly with a sponge or cloth.
When applying paint on the damp surface, it’ll take longer to dry, giving you more time to smoothen out any unwanted streaks or tears.
6) Prime the door
New doors need to be primed to ensure good adhesion of the finish coats. Already painted doors need no primer if they’re in good condition.
Apply one coat of primer and let it dry.
Sand down any irregularities.
7) Paint the door
The best way to avoid brush marks is by avoiding using brushes. Only paint the tricky parts like edges and ornamental designs with brushes.
Use a foam roller on all straight surfaces for an even looking finish. You might need to apply an extra coat, if the foam roller spreads the coat too thin.
Apply as many layers of paint as needed for a great finish. If you can still spot some irregularities, give it one more coat. It actually goes quick and will leave you truly happy with the result.
What is it with our dogs and having one ear up and one ear floppy?
And not only that, it’s also the same combination: The right ear stands up.
After seeing double with Lola and Gigi, the same is occurring now with Lola and Starsky:
He is ‘wearing’ his ears the same way Lola does – right ear up, left ear flopping down.
I don’t particularly remember dogs having different ears, as far as I can recall it was either or: either both ears stand up or both ears hang down.
Lola can do with her right ear both: She can let it hang loose or she can lift it up. She often sleeps with her right ear up, it’s as if she can only relax one-sided. She does make a great guard dog.
Gigi also went through a phase where only her right ear stood up. But she grew out of that, both her ears are floppy now, even though they’re so tiny. It’s hilarious she can’t perk them up, only raise them, but her mini cute ears are still hanging floppy down.
So who knows what Starsky’s ears will look like when he grows up, but this picture is just like: Doppelgaenger déjà vu!
Today I did all my internet stuff. I just love it, my little laptop is sooo coool!
I had been at the tourist information, where I could sign up for a shopping card and get some vouchers. One of them was a coffee at ‘The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’. When I arrived there, it was like a Starbucks but with a beautiful view over KLCC park. So I hooked up to their wireless internet access and enjoyed the view, doing my email stuff.
My gosh, it’s going to be a lot of coffee drinking this holiday if every time I want to upload my pics I have to go to a Starbucks!
Many countries skip those superfluous letters of the second level domain and simply stick to their country’s top level domain. Like the host of my email address which uses only the German country domain, keeping it short and simple: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂
Interestingly, the UK has since changed to not only offering, but also swapping second level domains for the shorter and sweeter top level country domain on its own. As per Wikipedia:
“New registrations directly under .uk have been accepted by Nominet since 10 June 2014 08:00 BST, however there is a reservation period for existing customers who already have a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk or .plc.uk domain to claim the corresponding .uk domain, which runs until 07:59 BST on 10 June 2019.”
While Starsky is outgoing, adventurous and up for anything, always in the middle of the action, Hutch is a very gentle soul, a tender handsome little boy, who always wants to cuddle.
Together they play and explore. Watching out for each other, they always have each other’s back. With their puppy clumsiness and swagger, they make a funny pair. You don’t want to miss out on all the hilarious entertainment these adorable cuties bliss us with every day.
Both are housetrained and socialised with other pets. They get on well with children and are an awesome addition to the family. As young as they are, Starsky & Hutch are already very protective over us and would make great guard dogs.
They’ve had all their medical checks, are dewormed and vaccinated, and come with dog bed and harnesses, although they are outgrowing these quickly!
Because they get on so well with our dogs, we’d love to find them a home in Cape Town or even Woodstock, so we can meet up for playdates. I’m also happy to dogsit them any time.
Most importantly we’d like them to stay together, they’ve been through such ordeal as rescue pups, but they always had each other.
Could you be the one who can offer Starsky & Hutch a forever home?
If you know someone who has the space for two medium sized well natured and absolutely charming male dogs, please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂
So it’s the middle of January 2018 and I still find visuals referring to 2017 around the internet.
Why even? In the above example, simply stating: “Ready for This Season” could’ve worked just as well.
Using imagery with concrete dates is an easy trap to look outdated. Unless you’re spot on on the case, updating your campaign the minute it expires, don’t dig this unnecessary hole for yourself. Every time you’re tempted to use a real date, be it only the year, think about it:
Does the date make the campaign look more current or rather outdated if you don’t have the resources to keep it updated.
Even if a date is required, for example for a competition, remember that incorporating it in your imagery means you’ve got to update all your visuals should there be any change to the date, for example extending the entry deadline. Rather referring to the Ts & Cs means you only ever have to update your Terms & Conditions.
If you do decide to feature a particular date in your graphics, set yourself a reminder to be alerted when this date has passed.
We travelled back to Laavan’s house on the LRT (Light Rail Transit). From the station to Laavan’s house we wanted to take a taxi, it’s so cheap and it was raining. But no taxi would pick us up! Apparently when there were heavy rains (and it does rain heavily all of the sudden later in the day), traffic goes manic and the taxi drivers just want to get back to their base.
So we walked back, luckily the rain had stopped. At Laavan’s place a lot of relatives arrived for the engagement party on Sunday and we had a fantastic dinner with squid and mutton and vegetable curry and rice. Laavan and Laavan’s mum had cooked it themselves and it tastes just amazing, like going to a restaurant.
The excitement of excavating something shiny when cleaning up the garden soil from rubble and debris!
I gave this Mother of Pearl button a rinse and it’s gleaming in the sun.
According to Vintage Button Emporium this nacre button is even worth something, like a pound or two. It is the rim that makes it more valuable than just a plain version. Craftsmanship is always worth something.
Interestingly, this button seems to have been fastened with a metal noose, which is still attached to it. So was it part of some sort of uniform maybe?
If you know more about The Broken Palace or the people who lived there and what happened that we’re digging up so many artefacts. please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂
I drink at least 2 litres of tea a day. I use 3 teabags to brew 1 litre. That’s a minimum of 6 teabags per day.
So that 200 teabag bulk offer is probably what I go through per month.
Accordingly I have a lot of used teabags to do… well, what with? Read on for some useful tips.
What to do with used tea bags
Used tea bags belong in the garden.
A used tea bag is still full of nutrition. It is nitrogen rich and can be used like a fertiliser. Tear open the bag and sprinkle the tea into your pot plants or around your garden.
Line plant pots with old teabags, especially around the drainage holes, before filling them with soil. The tea bags retain water and nutrition.
Tea is a must-have for your compost, as it counter balances all the carbon-rich materials.
The caffeine in the tea is just as much a stimulant for your garden inhabitants as for you and has a great effect on earthworms: They will work and breed faster.
Used tea bags make great sponges.
Apparently adding used tea bags to your dishwashing water helps to break down grease and food stains.
You can use the tea bag itself to preclean dirty pans and trays. Be careful not to break the tea bag, as it works wonderfully to wipe up that grease, and simply throw it in the bin, instead of having to rinse your kitchen sponge with a lot of water. In addition, the tannins in the leaves will prevent the oxidising process, preventing rust.
Similarly, freshly brewed hot tea bags can be used to preclean windows. The tea’s tannic acid will leave the glass sparkling clean.
Scrub your dark leather shoes with a damp used teabag. Tanning leather involves tannin, the tea can add a new shine.
Used tea bags capture bad odour.
Place dried old teabags in the bottom of your kitchen bin to absorb liquids and odours.
Wash away odours from your hands: Rinse your hands with water and a brewed tea bag to remove odours of onions, garlic, fish and other foods.
If you’re a smoker or have an ashtray out for guests, put a wet tea bag or the leaves from a wet tea bag into the ashtray. When you or your guests ash in the tray, the wet leaves will hold the ash and absorb some of the smell from the smoke.
The antibacterial contents of tea bags will help neutralize the odour in your litter box as well. Just sprinkle the dried out contents of a brewed tea bag into the kitty / rattie litter.
I flew out to Bangkok with Eva Airlines. The flight was quite cheap, considering I booked only one week before. Food and in-flight entertainment was ok, luckily the seat next to me was empty, so I could lie down and sleep a bit.
At Bangkok I had to wait a bit, so I sat outside for some sunshine. I got into a conversation with a Polish man, who had been in Burma (Myanmar) for two weeks. It was nice just sitting there, having an interesting conversation and enjoy the hot weather.
On my flight to Kuala Lumpur I promptly fell asleep. I could hardly stay awake for the take-off, even though I find that so exciting. I woke up as I was freezing, my gosh, aircon is nice, but does it have to be this cold? Luckily I got into a conversation with the man next to me. He planned my entire route across Malaysia for me and even drew a little map!
When I got to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the last train had already left, even though it says on the website it runs until 1am. Luckily I met Charan, who was waiting to pick up his Aussie friend to bring him back home to Bangsar, near by where Laavan’s family live. So I got a lift back there and was even invited for a snack and some nice ginger tea.