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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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DIY Wooden Reindeer Holiday Ornaments

I had a plan when I woke up this morning. I’m so sorry, but I’m going to share it: Get out of bed.  (that’s difficult) Pour 3 bowls of mom fail. (sugar cereal) Attempt to smooth and wet down bed-head on my youngest.  (at least I tried?..) Send all three boys out the door to the bus. (thank …

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How To Make A Wooden Snowflake | With Video

I’m a sucker for snowflakes.  There, I said it. To me, they are a perfect example of artistic use of symmetry, and the only version of mathematics that doesn’t make my head start hurting.  (Typing the word “mathematics” just made my head start hurting.) Last winter, I shared a tutorial on how to build  large, Reclaimed …

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Salvage Style | Upcyled Mirrors

It’s good to be among people who get you. They know what it’s like to see beyond scratches, dents, and dust. They know what it means to go to the trouble of saving something from certain demise, only to spend time cleaning, storing, and rebuilding it into something better. I’m excited to share my project in this event …

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Faux DIY Butcher Block

How to Create a Faux DIY Butcher Block: In my shop, there is a lot of crap scrap going on.   Once in a while I feel it staring at me, and that’s when I know it’s time to clean house and use it up. I’ve always liked the look of butcher block as an accent in …

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Kitchen Window Makeover

Baby steps. At least, that’s the way I’ve got to look at it when it comes to my home remodel. I am going after one space at a time, because in case it isn’t obvious, I’m NOT a professional. My knowledge and experience is based on necessity.  For example, the HVAC system in my house still runs …

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Modified Light Fixture

I wanted a certain look for the lighting above my kitchen sink, and  I was imagining light fixtures that I couldn’t find in stores. Okay, truthfully, I didn’t look very hard, because my light fixture budget is running low…  (Bwa ha ha! Just kidding!  I’ve never had a budget for light fixtures!!!  What is that!?) Anyway, …

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Decorative Wall Sconce

Sometimes I accidentally use words that sound fancy. Like the word “sconce”. I’ve been planning to make a pair to go in my kitchen for a while, and when I saw these wine bottle wall vases from Shanty 2 Chic, I was inspired. Not only was I finally going to make a pair of decorative wall sconces, but …

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DIY Barnwood Table Trough

Seven feet. That’s how long this table trough needed to be. Sure, I could have decided to build this as separate pieces to be placed end to end on the table, creating an illusion of a 7 foot long table trough… but that would have been easier. Projects like this call for barnwood, and that means my wood …

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Easy DIY Wood Keychain

Sometimes I overthink things. Sometimes, I feel like I need to force my brain into being creative.  That doesn’t work. With me, ideas and creativity will get there, when they gets there. The more I try to force my brain, the more it resists until I end up in a blank stare. Such is the case …

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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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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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Kitchen Nook Remodel

I really have no clue. I’ve spent so much time trying to decide what to call this space in my kitchen, that I’m almost embarrassed. Almost. Desk area?  “Area” feels too big. Kitchen nook? Nook?  That word is weird if you think about it. And then there’s the guilt.  I feel a little guilty for stressing …

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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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Blogland Tour Continues

On a tour through blogland… A few weeks ago Karen, from Redoux Interiors, invited me to join the tour that highlights great blogs throughout the internet.  I am very flattered that Karen picked my blog because I have looked up to her and her gift for spotting potential in unwanted things.  (Not to mention her amazing talent …

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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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DIY Lemonade Stand

There is no such thing as a DIY fairy. You can stare at a stack of wood in your backyard, wait a few seasons, and “wish” for a lemonade stand… but I promise, it ain’t gonna happen. I found myself standing there staring, trying to telepathically build one through my sliding glass door. Nope.  Nothing. Finally, I did …

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DIY Magnetic Wristband

Necessity can be cruel. She can make you do things that you had never imagined yourself doing. Things that will call into question your strength of character, your endurance, and your will to survive. Yes my friends, she can make you sew. S-e-w. With a sewing machine. (More on that in a bit.) First, let me …

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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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Wall Art | Home Decor

The process isn’t always as pretty as the result. On any given day, with any given project, it can happen. I’m talking, everything’s fine, clear skies, quiet calm and humming along as you work… then BAM!!!  You’ve entered another dimension, and nothing is going how you pictured it would. Yes, that’s what happened here, with this …

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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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Signs | Friends | Things We Learn

Sign of a true friend… I can’t answer that for everybody, but for me… I’ve got a specific list . A true friend: Doesn’t speak of your flaws.  In fact, they embrace them because nobody’s perfect. Shows up on your porch with a handful of chocolate, when it’s been raining for 3 days.  (They know how you feel about …

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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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Old Wooden Chair | Upcycled Sign

Just An Old Wooden Chair Letting go doesn’t always mean   l e t t i n g   g o . Sometimes, it means seeing something in a new light, or embracing change. Sometimes… letting go is simply accepting the evolution of our stories…   There are old wooden chairs out there, beyond repair. Chairs …

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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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Vintage Slides | Memories

Our years get tucked away… They get neatly stacked inside a shoebox, and carefully placed on a shelf at the back of our closets. Years come and go while box, upon box… the stack grows. Steadily, the world speeds up as dust slows down to rest on things forgotten. Things like old photographs in boxes, sitting …

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DIY Scrap Wood | Valentine Hearts

A Heart Is A Geometrical Shape I looked it up. Worried that I was going all girly girl on myself with all the heart shaped stuff I was building, I had to look into it.  Getting to the bottom of my new found interest in this shape was important.  I have a reputation, after all.  I’m …

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Make Your Own | Scrap Metal | Necklace

More Than A Scrap Metal Necklace  Is it just me, or do we sometimes set up parameters in our brains? Boundaries and walls that keep our thinking contained to what we accidentally accept as fact? I am fighting those boundaries all the time.  Take this necklace for example.  I wanted one so bad, but went on …

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Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree

Oh December December is the end of another year. It is the month of my birth. It’s reflection on regrets, it’s the beginning of resolutions. December’s busy.  It’s hassle.  It’s deadlines.  It’s shopping and money (or lack thereof). December is Christmas music that starts in November. It’s school programs, slushy roads, and cotton ball Santa beards. …