January 19, 2017

January 18, 2017

Dark Barnwood-Looking Box Beams


Welcome one, welcome all. Today I will discuss something we should all be concerned with. Liberty! How many of us truly believe we are free? Are you in debt? Then guess what... You're not free. Think about it. If you pay a mortgage and you fail to make one single payment, you risk losing your entire house, despite the fact that you've been faithful on every payment up to maybe even the last one. What about credit cards? Do you know that monthly payment you make really doesn't even touch the principal? You're just paying rent for the privilege of borrowing the initial loan. Student loans are no different. Here's what I'm getting at, so long as you are in debt, you are not truly free. I realized this about five years ago. 

January 12, 2017

January 11, 2017

Country Dresser Upcycle

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Hello dear friends. Zack and I have just arrived in the Florida Keys and it's windy and cold, well it's 68 degrees! I hope you're staying cozy and warm during this insane cold front. It hasn't been nice to our stain deliveries, that's for sure. I think you'll like the country dresser makeover. It's just precious. 
 To achieve this look you'll start with a piece of cherry furniture. 

Materials



Directions

Step 1] Sand: If you want to create the driftwood look, you will need to sand off the existing finish. Use the 80 grit sandpaper on your sander. Sand in the direction of the grain. You can also sand with 120, if you need to smooth the wood a little.


Step 2.] Stain: Apply the stain with a sponge brush and drench the wood. Allow the wood to absorb the stain as it dries. Do not apply and wipe off.

Raw Cherry
Cherry + Salvage Stain
Step 3.] Warm" To enhance the wood's natural color, you can use Clear Maintenance Oil. This will bring out the wood's natural warmth. You can see the difference between stained wood (above) and after the clear oil has been applied.

 


Step 4.] Paint: Apply chalky or furniture paint to the base of the table. This is your best option for paint, so that the paint doesn't need to be removed. Going from a wood tone to white, you may need to apply tow coats. 




Step 5.] Gloat- Sit back and gloat, cause you've just given a piece of furniture a new life!

Thanks for stopping in. I would love to see you tomorrow at the Handmade Hangout!

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January 5, 2017

January 4, 2017

Getting Barnwood Look with Gravity Sprayer


Ok, so as you all know, I invented, "Weatherwood." It's an earth friendly product that does 2 things really, really well. 

1) I reduce labor time dramatically. To get a similar look, you can use petroleum products, but you have to wait for the primer to cure. The coats of paint, and then you have to use glazes. The total labor time is typically around 80 hours and although you might get close to the look, you will never get all the grain to show through. 
2) Because ours is a one step process, you only have to buy one product. You don't need to buy paints, glazes, primers, or dyes. It's one and done. So I dramatically reduce material costs. 

December 29, 2016

December 28, 2016

Nautical Pine Desk Makeover


Hey lovely ladies! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Which-Ever-Holiday-You-Celebrate. I spent Christmas with my cousins in Florida this year. Now we are at Coco Beach, Fla this week for my birthday, which is the day after Christmas. That usually makes it hard to get away each year, but this time we took off to the coast for a mini-vacay. Today's makeover comes from a professional furniture rescuer, Refind Design by Coco Claire.
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