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How to Paint a Wrought Iron Indoor Glass Top Coffee Table

Wrought iron brings a touch of the rustic outdoors in your living space, but also much rustic isn’t always such a fantastic thing. Chipped or peeling paint — or even actual rust — may mar the effect you’re aiming for. Luckily, it’s not hard to paint wrought iron, and today’s metal paints offer you a veritable rainbow of color options.

Remove the glass top of the coffee table, and then place it aside in a safe place. Glass is heavier than it looks, so enlist a helper to move the glass. If the glass top doesn’t come off, wrap it in newspaper and tape it firmly using painter’s tape.

Spread a drop cloth on your own work space. If you’re spray painting indoors, cover the wall behind your work area also.

Squirt a little bit of dish soap into a little bucket of warm water. The specific amount does not matter; 2 to 3 squirts in about 1 quart of water should be sufficient. Wash the wrought iron using a sponge dampened in the soapy water. Get into all scrollwork and crevices. Rinse the table, then wipe it down and allow it to dry completely.

Sand the wrought iron using an emery cloth to remove any rust or flaking paint that washing didn’t eliminate. Go over the table base with a tack cloth to remove the sanding dust.

Wear a painter’s mask and masks, and be sure that the room is well ventilated. Shake the use of metal primer well for a moment or so and then coat the table foundation in long, even strokes. Let the primer dry for the time mentioned on the label.

Sand the dry primer quietly using 220-grit sandpaper to get a smoother finish. Wipe the table down with a tack cloth.

Put on your protective gear and spray on the table base using paint that is especially formulated to be used on metal. Let the paint dry completely. Employ your second coat within one hour of finishing the first coat to get the best results.

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How to Care for Sheer Linen Drapes

Sheer linen drapes enable diffused light into a room while providing privacy. Linen, made from the flax plant, which supplies a durable selection for otherwise delicate sheers because even the thin fabric can withstand daily wear. Linen sheers need minimal care except for periodic cleaning. Dust and dirt might dirt the sheers, but it is possible to wash them in the home as needed so they remain looking their finest. Linen does wrinkle easily, especially after washing, so plan to tackle the wrinkles immediately following a cleaning.

Assess the distance between the hooks if you use a clip-on style hook. Note the measurement so it’s possible to replace the hooks following cleaning in the same distance. Measuring is not required for rod pocket sheers or those with sewn or grommet hook holes.

Set the washing machine to the warm water setting and allow it to fill. Add a mild laundry detergent to the wash water and stir it with a paint stirrer or laundry stick until it dissolves.

Press the sheers into the water following the device fills with water. Only add two or three drapes, or enough to get a half load.

Run the washing machine on the gentle cycle for three minutes, which is long enough to take out the dirt from the sheers but won’t make the fine linen to tangle.

Turn the machine putting to your rinse cycle to get a final rinse. Adjust the temperature to cold water. Rinse and drain your machine, but turn it off before the spin cycle.

Eliminate the linen sheers from the machine. Dry in a tumble drier with two little terrycloth towels, setting the drier on the permanent press setting. Run the dryer for several minutes to eliminate most of the excess moisture.

Replace the curtain hooks and hang the sheers instantly while they’re still damp. Straighten pleats and corners. Linen dries with fewer wrinkles when it is hanging.

Place an ironing board close to the curtain and drape the curtain over the board while it’s still hanging. Press the damp linen with a iron to the medium heat setting to eliminate any wrinkles. Linen releases wrinkles readily when it is damp.

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