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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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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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Using Stain To Create An Aged Finish

“We never stop learning.”  -said someone. I have to agree with this person(s), because my 3rd grader tells me stuff I don’t know, all the time.  So yes, I haven’t stopped learning. I’m also convinced that the way we learn, constantly evolves. Case in point:  Learning by pretending you know what you’re doing. This is one of …

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How To Use Epoxy

I love imperfections in wood grain as much as the next person, but enough about what I like.  Let’s talk about crumbs. Crumbs, fuzzies, dust, dead gnat… it doesn’t matter.  Things of this nature find their way into the crevices of a wood surface and when I spot it, I spend a good 2 hours of my evening …

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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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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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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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Salvaged Wood Desktop

Have you ever slowed down while driving and made the front wheels of your car stop exactly on the top of a speed bump? Like, just for kicks, you let your wheels perch there upon a tiny mountain in the middle of the road or parking lot, just to feel the pull forward and roll down off …

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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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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 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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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 …