If you like the look of distressed furniture and you don’t have any kids around to destroy it for you naturally, you can pick up this distressing tool kit from Varathane. The kit includes a worm holing tool for mimicking insect holes and a distressing tool for making dents and divots in the furniture.
Right now it looks like the kit is only available from Woodcraft and they’ll charge you $25 before shipping, but frankly you could probably save some money by using a scratch awl to simulate insect holes and string some old nuts, washers, and wing nut onto a length of wire to make the dents and divots.
Distressing Tool Kit [Woodcraft]
If Rust-Oleum’s claims about their Universal spray paint working on all paintable surfaces are true, you might be able to stop keeping a cabinet full of rattle cans for every type of surface. Wood, plastic, metal, concrete, glass, and vinyl are just some of the surfaces you can cover with this paint.
What’s more is that the Universal spray paint comes in a can with Rust-Oleum’s Advanced Delivery System which can be sprayed from any angle (read: you can actually spray it upside down). The new “ergonomic” grip with built-in drip guard will supposedly prevent finger fatigue and keep paint from dripping on your fingers.
The spray paint comes in primer, gloss, satin, flat, hammered, and metallic versions in a variety of colors. Cans run somewhere in the $6 to $10 range each.
Warmer weather usually means spending more time in the shop — and sometimes noticing how crappy the ol’ floor has gotten over the years. One solution some folks turn to is an epoxy coating for the garage floor, which protects against stains, is (relatively) easy to clean, and reflects more light for those under-engine jobs. Also, it needs to be applied and aired out when the air temperature is around 65-80 degrees F, so now’s a good time for a lot of people to do this project.
Rust-Oleum’s Epoxyshield products include a garage floor coating that comes in gray or tan semi-gloss finish. (It’s completely optional whether you want to throw in the decorative paint chips.) The manufacturer says the coating “protects against gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, salt and hot tire pick-up.” They also say it cleans with soap and water, though my own experience with epoxy-coated floors says some heavy mop scrubbing may be necessary for oil stains. Street pricing for the kit runs around $70.
My question about this is whether a kit is the best way to go — or if it’s better to buy parts separately, or just hire someone to do it (concrete etching can be kinda rough, and the coating has to be applied quickly within a specified time period). And is the quality of the coating comparable to a professional job? Post your thoughts in comments.