For ceilings, think Pink

HOME FRONT

May 16, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

You're exhausted. You've just finished painting the ceiling. And frankly, you'd like to never look at a paint roller again. Unfortunately, however, you've just noticed a few missed spots. You scream.

Glidden hears your pain. Its new product -- Glidden Ceiling Paint with EZ Track Technology -- takes the guesswork out of painting the ceiling. Simple to apply, quick-drying and uncomplicated, the paint goes on pink and dries white. No more recoats or touch-ups. You see exactly where you've painted and where you need to paint.

Premixed, the formula features a colorant that temporarily appears pink at application and within 30 minutes turns bright white. No additives are needed, and the shelf life of the paint is nearly two years.

The paint sells for $16 to $18 at home, paint and hardware stores. Call 800-GLIDDEN or visit www.glidden.com.

Bringing the day inside

Let the sun shine in -- all day and evening long. With Sylvania's Daylight line of incandescent indoor lighting, introduced last year, users are able to enjoy an outdoor-light feel inside, at all hours of the day. A sky-blue coating on bulbs filters out dull, yellow rays, and, in turn, results in a simulation of natural light.

The line includes A-line, 3-way, globe shapes, directional bulbs, track lights and even outdoor fixtures. A four-pack of 60-watt bulbs retails for $1.98.

Just recently, the line has expanded to include Daylight Plus bulbs, with 50-, 60- and 75-watt halogens, and Daylight Extra bulbs, which include a 13-watt compact fluorescent ($6.97 each) with an average life span of more than 8,000 hours. The new 13-watt fluorescent can replace a 60-watt incandescent.

Daylight products are available at Lowe's. Visit www.lowes.com or www.sylvania.com.

Keep on growing

Viva never promised you a rose garden. It is, however, promising you a vegetable or herb garden. The Viva brand, made by the Floragem company, boasts 50 herb and 50 vegetable plants.

The herb line includes culinary herbs, tea herbs, health and beauty herbs, aromatic herbs, pet herbs and scented geranium herbs. Gardeners can grow their own chamomile and apple mint teas or spice up recipes with homegrown basil or grow peppermint, echinacea, lavender or even catnip. Herbs sell for under $2 each.

Veggies includes white eggplant, beefsteak tomato, poblano pepper, shallots, cabbage, zucchini, sweet cucumber and more. Veggies sell for under $1.50 each.

The plants are available exclusively at Home Depot. Visit http: / / vivagardens.com for more information.

Events

* Dig up tulip bulbs at the annual Tulip Dig, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. today at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Bring your own tools (long-handled shovels are best) and your own bags. $1 for eight bulbs. Call 410-367-2217.

* See new paintings by David Cunningham at the exhibit in between, running Tuesday through June 26 at Paper-Rock-Scissors Gallery, 1111 W. 36th St. Opening reception 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-235-4420.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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