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Spell it right, because some of us are using search terms to locate specific things. If you're selling a "dinning table," it won't come up as a dining table when I search for it. I look for location too. A typical search for me, "dining table -round -glass eastside | downtown"

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4/11/11 02:24 PM

LOL, "all hung up on the photo," that would be me. I wasted an hour last night looking online for the painting. Thanks to drasylve for the link to That was wonderful and will be great for future picture searches, but they didn't turn up anything for this one that identified it. So April, if you still have the link to "found somewhere online," do post it please.

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1/27/10 12:52 PM

I'll take a guess and say the original very fine 19th century painting from which your velvet reproduction was copied is hanging in a museum somewhere, and other better reproductions of it are available. Hope somebody here comes up with the name of the artist.

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1/26/10 09:43 PM

Could build a little low deck of nice teak, sort of in a pallet or two, trimmed to fit the space and set right on top of the gravel.

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6/3/09 10:45 AM

Look at Weck canning jars. They come in unusual shapes -- I have a few of the deco style. You might like the mold or mini-mold for your purpose. Don't know if those are stackable, but they have straight tapered sides.

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5/21/09 09:33 PM

I love this too. But I'd rather see it on a fence than attached to the house siding. In fact you could make a "living fence," with the gutters just attached to posts. On the house, I'd be a bit worried about toxic runoff into the soil, from the siding's paint. Attaching the gutters to brackets that held them a little away from the wall might get around that.

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4/30/09 11:12 AM

I guess what I'd like to know is how it holds up over time. Does the paint rub off at all, on your clothes, carpet, etc?

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4/30/09 11:01 AM

Birds can recognize silhouettes of other predatory birds, on the fly. So what you need is something that has the silhouette of a falcon, owl, raven, shrike etc. Not other songbirds like the ones pictured. Seems like those would just be an invitation to drop in for a visit. For the right shapes, check out a guidebook for birdwatchers -- they also train to recognize silhouettes as field marks. Cut as many as you like from dark paper, tape to windows. Good job for your kids.

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4/29/09 04:04 PM

Don't try to make oak look like cherry. It won't. I'd paint them white, but that's my preference. If you do paint them white or any light color, remember that oak can bleed tannin into the paint and stain it. Seal it first with something like Kilz. And I'd use oil paint, not latex. It goes on smoother and holds up better to the constant cleaning in a kitchen. I agree with everybody who said ignore the realtor's resale advice. That thinking is so over.

Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Refinishing Cabinets in Kitchen?
4/2/09 02:57 PM

Fine sandpaper. Just saying. I've used it with good results for cork objects, but of course it will remove any "patina," or sealer if there is any. Depends on what kind of result you want. Next time I'll try the magic eraser sponge though, as per sarahrae above.

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3/9/09 03:37 PM

Is it modern? Traditional? Check out the all green dining room and all blue bedroom at Mount Vernon. Intense. Nice virtual tour on the website. Click on the floorplan for the room you want to see.

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3/6/09 04:55 PM

Blkbrry, please see Yes, bats are deserving critters with a valuable place in the ecosystem, but it's not normal behavior for them to be in your bedroom and those are the very ones most likely to be sick. If it were me, I'd expect the landlord to have the building sealed by professionals. I wouldn't sleep there until it was done. Oh wait, I'd just move today, since it would take weeks to negotiate anything with my landlord, and even if he had the job done it would be on the cheap and half-assed, so I'd never be able to sleep again anyway.

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12/2/08 01:15 PM