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Are you tired of the same old wooden fan blades on your ceiling fan? Of course you can change them out, but to what – another type of wood, or maybe a white painted blade? You could paint them a custom color, add decals or maybe even cover them with wallpaper or fabric. Remove your old blade, sand clean them thoroughly and scuff-sand them if you plan to paint. Then, get creative with paint or whatever medium you want. You might want to apply a clear sealer like polyurethane over them to protect and preserve them. Now, that will look better!

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Q: When we had our front door replaced, I couldn’t decide what color I wanted it to be, so I asked them to leave it primed and ready to paint. Now I am ready to do it. I want to know if there is a way to make it look like wood instead of just a color. Can you tell me how to do it? – K.D.

A: You certainly are ambitious! You’ll want to use a base coat first, a lighter color. Then you can use a wood-graining tool. Practice on cardboard first. It sort of rocks back and forth as you drag it, and the paint, over the surface. This will be the “wood” color. Put a clear coat on top to protect your finish. All of your paint should be high-quality, UV-resistant, exterior paint. Good luck!

Tips from readers

Dear Carrells: I finally had our back porch enclosed. It’s something I always wanted to do. The one issue I had to address was the dryer vent, which had always been vented onto the porch. We found a contractor to do the job, but he couldn’t do it for a couple of weeks. I didn’t want to have the lint blowing into the room, so I put a panty hose leg over the end of the vent. I reasoned this would catch the lint, and it did. I had to clean it several times before the new vent was installed. – J.S.

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Dear Al: My wife does a lot of sewing around our home. Her latest feat are the drapes in our dining room. I bought a standard rod for them and hung it up for her. She put some very heavy drapes up. Then she wanted to put up a second layer of sheer panels behind these but the rod was not going to work for this purpose. I ran some wire from one side of the rod to the other, behind the main rod. The sheers are lightweight and hang nicely on this wire. Problem solved – thank goodness! – H.D.

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Dear Kelly: I bought a really nice tarp to go over our boat. It has our team logo on it and I wanted it to last for a long time. It has metal grommets on it, which would be fine, except that the nylon rope knots aren’t big enough to hold it tightly. I thought about making the knots larger but decided to put large washers onto the rope between the grommets and the knots. This works better. The team logo looks much better than a plain tarp, too. – R.C.

A Super hint

Those inexpensive cosmetic sponges are great for lots of shop uses. You can buy a whole bag of them and they are small and just perfect for paint touch-ups, small messes and lots of other small projects in the shop and home.