Antiquing & Waxing Video Tutorial

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I had a chance to finish the foot board and rails of the "Bavarian" style bed I've been working on for our guest bedroom.  You can check out part 1 and part 2 to see how the bed got to this stage.  I'm excited to get it set up in the guest room and take some pictures of it in natural lighting, but here are some I snapped in the workshop.  And to show you the process I used on this piece, Jeff … [Read more...]

Painted Guest Room Bed | part two - antiquing

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The weather has been amazing over the weekend!  Just a couple of sunny days in the 40's and 50's and I'm ready to throw open the windows and go out for a hike.  There's still a lot of snow on the ground, though, so I had to settle for a walk instead of a hike.  It's given me the shot of energy I need to finish home and work projects.  I was moving furniture around and cleaning out closets.  That's … [Read more...]

Applying Wax to the Rocking Horse – Video Tutorial

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Well, we finally got the camera and lights out and started making some video!  We shot this one on waxing last week and short some more today on mixing milk paint and the colors in the MMSMP line.  I can't even say how nice it is to have someone working the camera and taking care of the editing for me!  Jeff has taken up that role and has been soaking up all he can about using the equipment we … [Read more...]

Dining Chair Slipcover Tutorial

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I wrote a tutorial on making dining room chair slipcovers years (and several dining sets) ago when I was a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows magazine.    It's so neat to see how far I've come in my sewing, photography, writing, styling.  I've really grown a lot.  Anyway, since I've improved in a few departments, I thought it was time to make a new tutorial as I worked on my last dining room … [Read more...]

“fixing” a broken cane seat

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I finished painting, staining and slip covering the four Craig's List chairs for the dining room a fewweeks ago and have been on the hunt for chairs to use for the ends of the table.  As it happens, I've had two other French cane chairs that are almost identical to the Craig's List ones in my basement stash.  I bought them at Lucketts for $50/each, but haven't been excited to work on them.  The … [Read more...]

Upholstery Tutorial | Oval-back French Chair

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 Several people asked for a tutorial on the part upholstered/part slipcovered French chair I revealed yesterday, so this is it!  This isn't a comprehensive upholstery post, but it will give you an idea of what's involved in upholstering the back and arms of a chair in this style. To get you started, you can read THIS POST on stripping upholstery.  I didn't strip the upholstery off the seat and … [Read more...]

HGTV.com Christmas Tutorials

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The Christmas tutorials I wrote for HGTV.com are live now!  I know a lot of people have been waiting for these, especially the preserved boxwood wreath.  I promised I would link to them when they became available, so here they are... Preserved Boxwood Wreath Boxwood Topiaries Boxwood Kissing Ball I bought all of the preserved boxwood in bunches from a wholesale floral supply website, but … [Read more...]

Furniture Wax vs. Hemp Oil

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I have received a bunch of questions lately about Furniture Wax and Hemp Oil, the difference between the two and how I choose which one to use, so I thought it was time to write a post about it.  Let's dive right in. Furniture Wax Why I started using it... I read an article about finishing painted furniture with wax a few years ago, so I went to the hardware store and bought a can of Johnson's … [Read more...]

Dealing with Bleed Through

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When I bought this piece, I thought I might have some trouble with the stain bleeding through.   Unfortunately, I was right. The piece looked like this...  ...I sanded it to give the surface some tooth... ...painted it in MMSMP Trophy... ...which is supposed to look like the color shown above - a tarnished silver sort of color.  I left it to dry, came back and it was gray-ish purple. … [Read more...]

HGTV Cafe Curtain

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As a freelance writer for HGTV, sometimes I'm assigned specific projects and other times I'm asked for project ideas that fall under a broad category.  When I was asked for kitchen window treatment ideas a few months ago, I immediately thought of cafe curtains. When it came time to sew the rod pocket, I wanted to figure out a simple way to make sure the width of the pocket was the same along … [Read more...]