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DIY Tip of the Day: Skip Taping, Use Blinds. Slats from an old Venetian blind work great for shielding trim from paint. Cut the strings to free the slats, then tape the string holes in the slats so paint can’t leak through. To use, press the slat firmly along the junction of the wall and trim. Bring several slats to the job and use fresh ones as needed. Thanks to reader Carl Brinnel for this blindingly bright tip.
Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week. A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.