Furniture Finishes

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SO FREAKIN AWESOME!!! Soak steel wool in apple cider vinegar, rub down new wood with the soaked steel wool for an instantly aged wood look. Good to know for vintage signs.

I Love Old Windows

I loved the window project that Lisa at Serendipity Chic Design did. Her husband found some great old windows at the dump! Soon after her post, I saw an ad for windows that had been taken out of a house from 1865. I talked my husband in to driving 100 miles roundtrip to go pick some up. Yes, in a snowstorm!! No, we aren't the smartest people to do that--in a snowstorm when gas prices are going through the roof! :) But, we got a couple of very neat old windows. I was also able to pick up a…

How to make chalkboard paint, can't believe it's that easy! It is so much cheaper than buying chalkboard paint!

How to make chalkboard paint, can't believe it's that easy! It is so much cheaper than buying chalkboard paint!

Seriously? They are gorgeous and crazy easy!! Made by using a sharpie marker and baking them.

DIY Faux Malachite Knobs

How I colored white porcelain knobs with a Sharpie marker to turn them into faux malachite knobs resembling precious stones.

dresser turned island...Genius!

Kitchen Islands-internet inspirations

I gathered a bunch of pictures from the internet of some gorgeous ideas for making an island in your kitchen, without using just stock cabinets. I thought I might as well post them for you all to enjoy as well. If you don't have room for even a small island, you can consider using a fun dresser or table in another area of the kitchen. Just because it's a dresser doesn't mean it has to stay in the bedroom. I love seeing furniture in unexpected places. Anyway, sit back and enjoy these fun…

How to Paint Metal (and rusted!) chairs.  Products, technique, process, etc... I love this!

How To Spray Paint Metal Chairs: Tips, Step By Step-DIY- sunlitspaces.com

Rehab those old metal chairs with these awesome tips!

Awesome Product called "O'verlays". They are decorative panels that come in all sizes and designs. Add them to plain furniture or Ikea pieces to jazz the piece up. These are too cool.

Chicand Glamorous - Keep It Classic wWith Antique

Proof chic style doesn't need to break the bank. Fabulous O'verlays are available in numerous patterns and come pre-sized for many popular IKEA items.

Best Paints For Outdoor Furniture

5 Best Paint for Outdoor Furniture - Painted Furniture Ideas

A new coat of paint gives everything a new look, Learn how to paint outdoor furniture correctly and the brands that I personally use for best results!

Use 3/4 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar to restore wood.  Don't wipe it off, the wood absorbs it.

Use 3/4 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar to restore wood. Don't wipe it off, the wood absorbs it.

Use 3/4 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar to restore wood.  Don't wipe it off, the wood absorbs it.

Use 3/4 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar to restore wood. Don't wipe it off, the wood absorbs it.

Mistakes People Make When Glazing Furniture

Mistakes People Make When Glazing Furniture - Painted Furniture Ideas

Glazing is a beautiful finish option to give your piece character. If it’s not done right, you end up with a paint job covered in a permanent layer of dirt. Learn from other's mistakes and get your project done right!

Best Paints For Plastic Furniture

Best Paints For Plastic Furniture - Painted Furniture Ideas

There are quite a few different kinds of plastic paints on the market. They vary in quality. Here are some of the best plastic paints I've found:

What To Know Before Painting Furniture Without Sanding

What To Know Before Painting Furniture Without Sanding - Painted Furniture Ideas

It is possible to paint without sanding...sometimes. Here are a few things to know to make sure it is okay for the project you are planning.

No more ugly card tables! Unscrew table top, stretch vinyl table cloth over, staple it down underneath, and trim edges. LOVE THIS!!

How to stain a table, great blog!

how to stain a table

“Round or square, mahogany or oak, the table is the heart of every home, the nucleus of domestic life...” ~Doris Christopher UPDATE: we re-finished it again, here is the updated post. We got our table in 2003 from the classified ads in Boise, Idaho. Remember when we used to shp from the newspaper classifieds before Craigslist?? It was $450 and our first major furniture purchase. We started out using the table with our 2 oldest girls without any leaves. 3 children later and now we use both…