Early July starts tomato ripening time. We've all heard of 'vine ripe' flavor but does a tomato have to remain on the vine until it is completely ripe? The answer is no. When a tomato
reaches a full size and the fruit becomes a pale green, it begins the ripening process. After the tomato reaches a stage when it's about ½ green and ½ pink, a layer of cells forms across the stem of the tomato- sealing it from the main vine. At this point there is nothing moving from the plant into the fruit. At this stage the tomato can be harvested and ripened off the vine with no loss of flavor, quality or nutrition.
Red pigments in tomatoes don't form above 95°F so tomatoes ripened in extreme heat will have a orange-red color. Tomatoes held indoors at cooler temperatures will ripen slower. You can speed up or slow down the ripening process by raising the temperature (to an optimum of 85°F) or lowering the temperature (to a minimum of 50°F). Tomatoes develop their optimum flavor, nutrition, and color when the tomato is in the full red ripe stage but this doesn't have to occur on the plant!
After years of staring at my plain white appliances, I got bored. And when I get bored, I get a little crazy. So I decided to paint them with one $10 pint of Rustoleum enamel paint in
Regal Red. It took three coats over a weekend, but they look amazing! I followed it up with some spray on poly to help protect it. It's been nearly a year and no chips yet. I used a silver paint pen to add my settings. What I should have done there was placed tracing paper over the knob prongs and meticulously copied my settings, because I left a lot out. Then I could have added a vinyl transfer or used a fine tip paint pen. I may scrape off the paint around the dials and redo it later down the line. Otherwise it was a cheap and easy update! More photos and details here http://www.killerbdesigns.com/10-appliance-m...
My 2 bathrooms are horrendous. One is black & pink the other has issues all its own.
I'd love to paint the pink & black bathroom as a cheaper option while I renovate the other. Is it going to look terrible or can it really be a project worth getting into??
Commented on Jun 22, 2012
Gotta say, I'm lovin' the pink and black!! I recently moved into a home with a peachy pink
tile floor and half walls, pink vanity/sink, tub and toilet. Previous owner went with pink/peach/green 80's wallpaper above with matching balloon shade window treatment. Ack!!
I removed wallpaper and window treatment -- and went art deco!! Added gray to the upper walls, ceiling, and all wood trim; frosted glass on lower half of the window (for privacy) while leaving the deep window otherwise unadorned; installed new black toilet seat; painted the vanity wood satin black and added clear crystal knobs; hung a new black, gray, and light beige shower curtain with a huge black tassel tie-back and with a clear liner on brushed nickel new shower curtain rods; new brushed nickel light fixtures; added all black vanity accessories; and added interesting art pieces in black satin frames all around.