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Wood Christmas Ornaments | DIY

Make Your Own Ornaments Year after year, my Christmas trimmings and fluff evolve depending on materials I’ve got on hand.  Why? Half the reason is because it would kill me to just walk into a store, and purchase these items….(not that there’s anything wrong with that!) The other half of the reason is because I’ve got …

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Upcycling | Perspective | History

A Point Of View I have one, you know… we all do. It’s also called perspective. I’m not going to talk about the kind of perspective that evolves with us as we age, like the way we viewed broccoli as a child, is different from how we view it today. I’m talking about the perspective that’s …

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About Me Video | Pauline Henderson

I’m a woodworker, crafter, and fix it myself-er. I support the belief that things can be altered to fit our needs, and I’m always looking for opportunities to send something back into circulation. My dad built the house my family lived in with his own two hands after work and on the weekends, and I grew up …

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Scrap Wood Art Ideas | Home Decor

Scrap Wood I have a problem. I can’t throw a single scrap of wood away.  (Okay…. maybe it’s more like an illness.) With an issue like hoarding scrap, the pieces in a bin can get smaller and smaller each go around. This is the case with me.  Tons of scrap pieces that get tinier and tinier. …

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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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Reclaimed Wood Star | Winter Decor

It’s a star.  Nothing more. Just a big star made out of some old wood. I’m not gonna tell you anything new, or that it’s a super neat trick to make this star. My 5 year old pieces together little stars like this with my scraps all the time….. (well, he’s actually really smart for his …

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Reclaimed Wood Snowflake | Winter Decor

You know what they say about snowflakes… “No two snowflakes are alike.” Actually, it was Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley who said that.  He loved snowflakes, and his story is fascinating.  In his lifetime in Vermont, he collected and recorded over 5000 snowflakes, photographing the first close-up of a snowflake in 1885.  You can  read about Snowflake Bentley. I’m …

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Reclaimed | Experience | Part Two

Reclaimed Once in a while, you want to quit. This Experience In Reclaiming hasn’t been what you thought it would be. This project, isn’t working. That board has too much cupping, another one is warped– You should have addressed this sooner. And, who thought this was a good idea anyway?…. What’s wrong with using brand-new wood? …

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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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Chalkboard Tags Tutorial | Seven Steps

Seven Steps Chalkboard Tags Tutorial STEP 1:  Material. For me, any old scrap will do. In this post, I used some plywood leftovers (a quarter inch thick). STEP 2:  Paint. After I round up the scrap wood, I gather the chalkboard paint, foam roller, and sponge brush. I then proceed to roll on the chalkboard paint… and …

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Reclaiming Experience | Part One

I love reclaimed wood. I love it because it has a past. And hey- don’t we all? It’s not the satisfaction of slapping a “reclaimed” sticker on something that drives me. It’s not always the knowledge of doing something “green” either. The reason I can’t keep sawdust out of my hair, or rusty nails off my …

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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 …

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Gorilla Glue GiveAway | Product ToolBoxes

Enter For A Chance To Win A Gorilla Glue Product Toolbox! The life of a DIY-er is tough sometimes.  Lost screws, broken tools, an unruly 2×4…. But Gorilla Glue products are tougher. I’ve used the tape, epoxy, wood glue, superglue, and yes, I’ve tamed an unruly 2×4. Wanna see what I’m talking about?  Here’s your chance! …

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DIY Dremel Project | Geometric Serving Tray

DIY Dremel Project A Wall Hanging Geometric Serving Tray can double as Wall Art.  Guess what?  Even home decor can multi-task! Tools Dremel Saw-Max with flush cut wheel, Dremel Miter Guide for Saw-Max, Clamps, Drill, Hammer, Safety Glasses, Dremel Multi-Max & 4000 Rotary (optional) Supplies ~Two sheets of 1/4” plywood. a) at least 24×24” – for the …

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Antique Hutch | Holding On To Things vs. Letting Things Go

My Antique Hutch How Do We Decide? Decisions can frighten me sometimes.  I’m indecisive.  The bigger the decision, the more I hesitate to make it.  I tend to pace the room.  I clean out my junk drawers in the kitchen.  I wander around to tinker with my organization efforts (do you know how long one can …