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Top Coats

I have had a boat load of questions lately about top coats, so I thought I would dedicate a post to them. First of all, let me say that there are dozens, maybe thousands of techniques and products out there, so I'm just sharing the ones I use and like.  It's also pure coincidence that all of the products I am sharing are by Minwax.  Those are just the images I found easily. Paste Wax -  (read more …)

French Chair Reveal, Glaze Mix, & Simple Upholstery

There's a lot of good information and inspiration in this post, so get ready!  First of all, the beauty shot.  Now, the before shot.  I'm so happy with how these turned out.  I'm taking the pair of arm chairs (only one is pictured in the before shot) to the Ground Hog Day Sale at Lucketts (Feb 4-6).  If you'd like to read about the paint technique  (read more …)

French Chairs – Painting Technique

I'm picking up where we left off yesterday with my newly acquired French arm chairs.  So, the upholstery was removed and the frames were painted Georgian Revivial Blue by Sherwin Williams.  This color is a little shocking at the moment, but just wait.  Before moving on to the next step, I want to point out the texture I left on the frame.  I did not sand this piece before  (read more …)

Love it. Buy it?

Those of us who have the collecting/thrifting/junking gene know that it's hard not to buy something we love, especially when it has a great price tag.  Then, we all end up at the same place...too much stuff, not enough space, but we still want to buy more.  Right?  So, what is one with this dilemma to do?  Here are some good principles to follow...First of all, clear things out  (read more …)

Sheet Music Dresser Tutorial

I purchased this antique dresser at an auction for $6.00 last fall. It was a beautiful bird's eye maple, so it pained me to have to paint it, but the veneer was chipped and bubbled and beyond my ability to repair. So, I had to come up with a way to cover it. Some free antique sheet music from my grandparent's attic was the perfect solution.  This project was so fun!  Not only did  (read more …)