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If you like painting, why not paint a cabinet door or bathroom door. This is an inexpensive way to add a little personality to your home.

Start by taking the door off  the hinges and lightly sand  it down.  Make sure to remove the shine. Then primer and paint with a flat paint. (I do this because I am a water color artist and this is the best base I have found for my medium.) Then make a light sketch of what you want on the door. Adding a favorite verse, poem or quote will personalize it and set the feeling you want in the space. When the painting is complete and dry, I sometimes lightly sand the edges to give it the antique French Country look I love so much. Be careful not to damage the painting when sanding. To finish it off, spray several coats of clear spray paint over the entire door face to seal it from any water damage.
The door pictured has scripture from the Bible, Luke 12:24, and is divided up into 5 short snippets, with just a few words on each panel. This fits so perfect with the painting of birds and serves as a source of inspiration. As I take a relaxing bath I read the verse “Consider the ravens; they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; Yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you then the birds.” Every time I see it I am reminded that God is in control and is watching out for me.
If you are not a painter, but you have a friend who is, try doing a trade. Do something you are good at in trade for the talents they have. Trade work for work. I have done this so many times in my life that I have lost count. From trading baby dolls for firewood, to re-upholstery for computer help. Bartering is such an excellent way to save money!

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