My guest on this week's radio show will be Christophe Pourny, furniture maker and restoration specialist. Chirstophe appeared on The Martha Show earlier this year to demonstrate the art of French polish, a beautiful furniture finishing process. If you have any questions for Christophe about restoring, finishing, or cleaning furniture, please leave a comment below. Your question could be answered Wednesday, during the 4 P.M. hour, when I'm live on the air at SiriusXM 110.
And here are the answers to some of the questions you already asked:
Q: I moved into our new house about five months ago, and I am lost with the living room! I am not a fan of the color pink, but my carpet is mauve. To save money for bigger projects I am keeping the carpet for now. My question is what is a good color for the walls? I have great floor to ceiling windows, making great light and my furniture is a simple beige. What are your suggestions? Please help!
A: Martha Stewart Living has a white paint called Glass of Milk or the ever-so-slightly-pink Elderflower would be simple and beautiful in your living room. Plus, your eyes could be drawn to what sounds like the focal point of the room–the windows!
Q: My kitchen cupboards are dreadful medium oak with raised panels. I have dark granite tops and nice steel appliances, but I hate the oak. Is there a solution other than replacing the cabinets? I have read the that there are cons to trying to paint oak.
A: Actually, you can purchase special paint made for just this type of problem. You will be amazed at the transformation! One type is called Cabinet Transformations and is available at the Home Depot.
Q: Still it is a little early to start up the fireplace. Is there a way that I can dazzle it up for the fall?
A: Why not create a beautiful small scale folding or decorative screen, like the ones above? Get the how-to for the decorative screen here.
My guest bath has black and white check tile on the walls, the floor and the shower walls (too much). I received a bid to have it painted for $1500.00. My question is: should I attempt to paint the wall tile myself? What is your opinion of painting existing tile?
I have seen this done and it is quite amazing! If you are going to do it, I say leave this one to the professionals. If you would like to save money, my advice is to embrace the black and white and stick with beautiful, plush white towels and accents for a fresh clean feeling.