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Briefs: Take a walk in Lawrenceville

| Friday, March 16, 2012

The Lawrenceville Historical Society will have its spring walking tour April 1.

The tour will explore the architecture and stories of the "Historic Sixth Ward." It begins at 1 p.m. near the old Iron City Brewery on Liberty and Herron avenues and will last about 1 1/2 hours.

The tour is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.

Book helps design space for her

Jacqueline deMontravel believes every woman deserves her own space. Creating that space is the subject of her new book, "Hers: Design With a Feminine Touch."

DeMontravel, editor of Romantic Homes magazine, offers strategies and ideas for designing places where a woman can relax and recharge. It might be the traditional boudoir, or it could be a work space for creating, a garden retreat or even a living room that's shared by the whole family. What matters is that it serves as a sanctuary, a place that's comfortable and makes the occupant feel her best.

She points out that feminine isn't necessarily girly. A woman's retreat could be a contemporary space, a room done in the calming colors and simple motifs of the beach, a cheerful alcove done in bold hues -- whatever suits her style.

"Hers" is published by Clarkson Potter, and sells for $35 in hardcover.

IKEA offers assembly videos

Struggling to put together the bed you bought at IKEA• Now you can watch a video that will help guide you through the process.

IKEA started the assembly videos in February, and has been rolling out a new one each week. Currently, there are four available at www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA . The videos mix pictures from the printed instructions with video of actual people putting things together.

There are videos available for the Pax Lyngdal Sliding Door, the Malm Bed Frame, the Kvartal Curtain Track System and the Domsjo Kitchen Sink. They range in length from a little more than three minutes for the sink to more than seven minutes for the curtain track.

Tired of the tile; paint it

The durability of ceramic tile is a blessing and a bane. It lasts and lasts and lasts, even decades after your tastes have changed.

Painting it is possible, but it's important to do so carefully so the paint job doesn't look obvious.

Before you paint, clean the tile thoroughly with trisodium phosphate, a heavy-duty cleaner sold at paint stores. Then, prime tile and grout with a good primer.

Author Sacha Cohen ("Paint Effects & Spectacular Finishes," $12.99) recommends using a paintbrush to cover the tile edges and grout with the primer, and a roller on the tiles to create a smooth finish. Then paint only the tiles with satin paint and a gloss roller, applying in thin layers and avoiding the grout lines, she says.

When the layers are dry, roll over the tiles with a high-gloss clear enamel, again avoiding the grout lines.

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