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Spray Painted Dresser

Here’s a good old fashioned before and after. This dresser was a gift from a friend who had found it at a local thrift store.  There was some damage on the top from some spilled nail polish, so that meant I could paint the whole thing a new color, right?  And I could do it guilt free, right? …

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DIY Dutch Door

When it comes to picking a door for a nursery, interior hollow core doors aren’t the most popular choice, especially when they are from 1983. Head over to RYOBI NATION to see how I transformed an orangey-brown hollow core door, into one that can double as a baby gate. (Dutch doors / double the fun.) But first, don’t …

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Old Picnic Table Turned Farmhouse Table

During my brief DIY hiatus (see previous post), my favorite brother in law chronicled this DIY adventure with a farmhouse table.  His name is Chris, and he knocks this one out of the park… My first blogpost–this is not something I thought I would ever do, but I’m excited Pauline is providing me the opportunity to share …

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Refinished High Gloss Coffee Table

What goes around, comes around.  That saying rings true for me in the case of this coffee table that once was red, then not red, then red again. My very first DIY project involved stripping this very coffee table of it’s red colored paint.  (I don’t have a picture of it back then, but it was RED.) …

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Mid Century Coffee Table Refinish

My dad knew what was up in 1959. He was 16 years old at the time, and he built this mid century modern coffee table in his high school shop class. (Briefly, I forgot that 1959 was actually mid century, and to him this was just a coffee table. No need to name the style era.) …

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Layering Stain Technique

I sing praises for reclaimed and salvaged wood all the time.  I love the look, and I love what the look represents: history.  But sometimes, it’s just not practical for me to use it, so I gotta go against my grain and pay money for lumber.  (Paying for brand spankin new lumber causes a physiological stress reaction …

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Faux Brick Wall Art

This project idea kind of came out of left field, but I’ll take it.  I’ve come to realize that I can’t get too choosy with new ideas, because I never know when the creative side of my brain will hit a brick wall.  (Ha-ha.. hey dad, that one’s for you!) Now, on with the show!… I’ve always …

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How To Paint Wood To Look Like Brick

Hi there, this is the post about the painting technique for this art piece. You can read about my inspiration for all the brick hullabaloo, and the overall project, HERE. Did you know wood 2×3’s could look like brick? I didn’t, so I decided to take a gamble.  (But I totally acted like I knew what I was …

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Swiss Inspired Wood Art

Time waster. That’s what I call those things that I mess around with because I’m avoiding something else like:  other projects, calling my insurance company, or organizing iphoto. Put simply, I just have to remove myself from my current direction, and waste time. Most of the time that means going out to my shop to start cutting wood scraps …

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DIY Stacking Storage Crates

Do you know what kind of project feels good after you have finished one that stretched and strained your creative boundaries? An easy one. A project that you know like the back of your hand. One you can do blindfolded. Good old-fashioned storage crates. Going back to my Etsy crate-building roots felt familiar. Sort of like the feeling …

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DIY Game Table | Minwax

Potential is often easy to overlook. After all, our eyes are meant to see what is actually there, not what could be. So when I spotted this table at a thrift store, I tried to imagine how it could be more than just a surface to set stuff on. I thought about another function for it. I needed …

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Serving Tray Tutorial

Sometimes, I build a random serving tray. It’s my go-to item of choice when I want to whip up something quick, plus they make a great gift.  So lets focus on that, and not how I was avoiding installing a lighting fixture. I have a ton of scraps from a local high end woodworking shop.  (I …

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Entry Table Makeover | Glidden Paint

If ever there was a table that needed some color, this is it. Sitting in the same spot in my home for two years, it has largely gone unnoticed. Time for a paint job. Glidden® paint has a simplified palette that helped me avoid the decision fatigue I usually experience when deciding on a paint color. …

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Refinished Ombré Barstool

I refinished a barstool. (Sort of.) I only removed part of the old finish, so… I refinished part of a barstool..? I somewhat refinished a barstool..? I half-way re-did it..? (I can keep going if you’d like…  I also like ellipses… ) Anyway, back to my talk about the barstool. For quite a while, I have wanted …

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Kitchen Station | Refinished Podium

I’ve daydreamed about a podium. Don’t laugh, but over the years I have written rough drafts in my head. My imagination has been the stage where I deliver fine oratory masterpieces, always from a podium. You can pound your fist on it to emphasize a point. You can rest your forearms forward and grab the edges …

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Glaze | Stain | Antiquing Technique

You can tell a lot about an object, by it’s patina. When I’ve got to fake a patina on a painted surface, I use any variation of these 3 things: *oil-based stain *oil-based glaze *dirt (no, really.) First of all, I’ll talk about stain. (Keep in mind that I save these antiquing techniques until very last.  Meaning.. …

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Distressing Technique | Paint Finish

I use the word “distress” loosely It’s one of those blanket terms for “scrape, scratch, hurt, dent, damage, chip” when referring to paint….  you get the idea. So, when I was dividing up all the steps involved on my door transformation, I knew the distressing part would need to be it’s own post. (Is that some …

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Paint Technique | Texture And Layering

Life is like a good paint technique. It gets messy, multi-layered, and it evolves as you go. My paint technique consists of a few core rules, but keep in mind these are my so-called “rules” for distressed paint jobs only.  Not your nice, clean, perfectly-smooth-as-glass, paint jobs. And as always, my RULES are subject to change …

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Door Transformation | Home Decor

My goal with this door project was simple:   Make it look old. Note:  Since I have so many pictures of this project overall, I decided to make this post (part one) about the elements I added, and close up images of the completed door.  Part two (coming very soon) will be  about the painting/distressing techniques, …

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Refinished Table | Painted Base

Refinished Dining Table Here we have a table: Leslie’s table. Leslie has owned this table for quite a while, and recently she thought it was time for an update. And, so it begins. Sigh. I don’t like this part.  It’s gooey. Chemical strippers…  (I don’t even have the energy to make up a “sound” to add, …

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Refinished French Provincial | High Gloss Furniture

High Gloss Furniture With Automotive Paint I was lured in by the smooth shine of something glossy. One day I was fine painting with chalk paint and putting satin and matte finishes on things, then Lisa comes back from a Texas flea market with the most beautiful, glossy, blue dresser you’ve ever seen.  I decided that …

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Distressing Hardware | Technique

How To Distress with Water I mess with stuff when I get bored. Wait. Before I say that, I should tell you my definition of bored.  To me, “bored” means I’m waiting for paint to dry.  When this happens, I go looking around for more stuff to paint while I have wet paint on my paintbrush. …

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Weathered Bench | Restored

Stories Are Best Told From Places We’ve Sat Before There are times when I am about to start a project, but I get stuck on the edge of a thought. This happens when I stare at something too long and my mind wanders out to left field. I get lost in my own curiosity and the …

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Refinished Furniture | Before And After

Refinish Grrrr…  That word. I try not to use it. Yeah, it may sound silly (after all… I mean….hello?….) but really, it wears me down. It’s one of those words that gets tossed around so easily in light conversations, and when someone tosses it my direction-…  S P L A T !  It’s suddenly a dirty …

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Decoupage Tutorial | Time Lapse Video

Decoupage Video Do you ever start typing a text message, and before you know it, it’s a mile long? If so, welcome to the club. I don’t set out to make my text messages super long, and I don’t mean to over-explain things. But I don’t want to leave anything out. I don’t want to be …

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Decoupage Furniture Tutorial | Wood Desk

Map Desk Decoupage I know what you want to say to me. You want to tell me that you’ve already seen decoupage map furniture. It’s ok, I know. But, the heart wants what the heart wants… And this time, it wanted another map chair.  Uh… desk.  Map chair desk thing. My fondness for a project like …

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Refinished | Fireplace Tutorial

So, I have this friend. (Let’s call her Sally) She has a fireplace. Sally wanted her fireplace updated, but wasn’t sure on the “what” or “how” of it all.  I don’t recall how I ended up at her house with my tools and paint, but I do remember eating a lot of Ritz crackers while I …

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Chalkboard Paint Recipe | With Floetrol

Chalkboard Paint with Floetrol 1.5 cup of paint & 4.5 tablespoons of grout {non sanded } *I like to use a dark grey color of non-sanded grout, not white. It helps you avoid any white clumps that turn to streaks when you’re painting (caused by the grout not getting mixed in with the paint 100%). A Dash …

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Furniture Refinishing Tutorials | Wood Table

Leaving something exposed to the elements isn’t always bad… I mean, sometimes, it makes my job easier. Case in point:  My friend, Amy’s, table with matching benches. Sure, this rustic dining set saw some sun and rain.  It also felt the blazing heat of Utah summers, and the frigid cold of the Utah winters. But, just because …