Creative Uses for Caulk

April 9, 2018

 

We all know caulk is a great tool to seal up a bathtub, fix gaps in moulding, or plug up drafts from windows. But are you really taking it as far as you can?

 

Sarah Rae Smith of Apartment Therapy has found several uses for caulk that may surprise even the most seasoned remodeler. Here are some interesting ways you can get the most out of your next tube of caulk.

 

1. Non-Slip

It's as easy as making squiggly lines and allowing them to dry! Get the 411 here. It also works well on the bottom of pet beds that slip around.

 

2. Protect Surfaces

Protect what you love by adding caulk to the bottom of heavy objects that might do damage to floors or countertops. A few spots of caulk on the bottom of trivets, small appliances, furniture, or flower pots will keep them from scratching up surfaces.

 

3. As An Adhesive

In a pinch, caulk is a also great adhesive. Use it to stick a baseboard back to the wall, or to seal a crack inside ceramic or plastic pots. It even works on clothing to help a dress stay in place....

 

4. Use The Caulk Gun as a Clamp

If you need an impromptu clamp to fix a broken item, then a caulk gun will do the trick. Just use the mechanism to apply pressure as neededwhen you're trying to glue something together.

 

5. As An Adhesive

In a pinch, caulk is a also great adhesive. Use it to stick a baseboard back to the wall, or to seal a crack inside ceramic or plastic pots. It even works on clothing to help a dress stay in place....

 

6. Make Artwork

Use caulk to create artwork and decorations, like these snowy trees from Lowes or 3D paintings. You might not want to cover an entire room using this technique, but you might have the stamina for a cool backsplash...

 

7. Costume 101

There are a million different ways to use caulking to create special effects costuming. Maybe you want to make a realistic brain skull cap to wear or want to make your own steampunk glasses. Caulking can get you details, texture and more on the cheap.

 

8. Protect Surfaces

Protect what you love by adding caulk to the bottom of heavy objects that might do damage to floors or countertops. A few spots of caulk on the bottom of trivets, small appliances, furniture, or flower pots will keep them from scratching up surfaces.

 

Caulking tip: If you don't use the whole thing, and assuming you always lose the cap like I do, you can always seal the end with duct tape for later.

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