May 15, 2019

DIY Farmhouse Tray & Villa Borghese


Zack and I went to the Borghese Museum to see these fabulous Bernini statues🎥. Here's a video of my favourite piece from the museum and it's probably one of the best marble statues ever made. It's from Greek Mythology, when Apollo falls in love with the wood nymph, Dauphne. At the very moment he catches her, she cries out for help and is swiftly transformed into a tree. You can see the leaves sprouting from her fingers tips and vines tethering her feet to soil.



The Borghese is also famous for their gardens 🌳 , which we were slowly walking at sunset 🌅 and, would you believe, there we ran into two fellow BYU MBA grads





Our friends Alex and Deserea, were a year behind us in the MBA program. But they and us are the only MBA's to go through as a couple. We were lucky enough to enjoy gelato & great conversation while they were here! Not to mention outstanding views. 



I have a quick and rewarding project for you this week. I love the simple farmhouse simplicity of this homemade tray. And I love how inexpensive and rewarding a project like this can be. Ready?


Materials

  • Raw Pine 1x2 or an Unfinished crate
  • Wood Glue
  • Weatherwood Stain: Pining (Save 10% with Code: WELCOME10)
  • Weatherwood Varnish
  • Stencil
  • Craft Paint
  • Drawer Pull


Directions



1.] BUILD A BOX
You can either purchase an unfinished wood crate or make your own box like here. We sanded a piece of pine 1x2x10. The cut it into qty. 7 boards 1 foot in length and 2 boards just shy of that to make the short ends. Glue up your box and use wood clamps to hold it.

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2.] STAIN
There's no prep needed for this simple DIY! Just stain the wood beads using a sponge brush and Weatherwood's Pining stain. Allow them to dry for one hour. 



3.] STENCIL
Use craft paint and a stencil for the center decoration. Or you could go wild and use a transfer here, too. This monogram had the perfect farmhouse look. 

4.] TOPCOAT 
Protect with Weatherwood Varnish.




Don't forget you can save 10% on all Weatherwood purchases with code: WELCOME10. 
I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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May 8, 2019

Farmhouse Coffee Table Upcycle & St. Paul's-Outside-the-Walls


The Apostle Paul lies entombed beneath the alter of this giant basillica in Rome. ⛪️ This church is about two miles from his martyrdom site, which we were also able to tour. ✝️ This site is extremely busy with pilgrims and tourists, bustling with persons from all over the globe.


The church interior is expansive and ornate, with golden mosaics being the overarching theme.  🌟 



But pilgrims have come from all over the world come for one thing. To visit the crypt, located beneath the alter, where one corner of St Paul’s sarcophagus is visible. 💀Chains from the prison are also displayed.  The apostle burial sites are one of my favorite parts of Roma! 




 This week's project turned out so beautifully, that I cannot wait to share it! It's the perfect upcycle for an old oak coffee table. The finished color is absolutely dreamy.

Materials

  • Refinished Wood- This was Oak
  • Sandpaper (80 grit) and Palm Sander or Liquid Stripper, like Citristrip
  • Weatherwood Varnish
  • Sponge Brush/Rags


Directions


1.]  STRIP EXISTING FINISH
If your wood is brand new, jump to number 2!] On this job, the red cedar ceiling has already stained with a white wash oil stain, but not a cool 2016 white wash, instead it was a dated 80's white wash. You can check it below. When the wood for this project had an existing finish on it, you should sand or strip it. Either use sand it with a low grit sandpaper like 80 grit and a palm sander. Or you can use a liquid/gel stripper like Citristrip to remove the existing finish.

2.] STAIN
Once the wood has been stripped or sanded back down to raw, you can stain it using Weatherwood Stain's Salvage stain. Just brush onto the sanded wood and watch the magic happen. You will get a mixture of browns and grey tones, like this oak.

3.] LIGHTEN

Use Weatherwood Stain's White Maintenance Oil to add a beautiful white washed patina. You can see the a piece of wood in the video below, where I added the White Oil patina. This look is extremely popular right now and very beautiful. To use the Maintenance Oil, simply wipe or brush the Oil on, wait 5-7 minutes, and then wipe it back off. You can see below, it highlights the grain rather than diminishing it. It just adds that sun-kissed pop!



4.] PROTECT: Allow for the Maintenance Oil to cure. Then seal the table with 2-3 coats of Weatherwash Varnish.


5.] PAINT: Paint the base with your favorite chalky style paint, like Pearl Coatings 1 Step Furniture Paint.





Don't forget you can save 10% on all Weatherwood purchases with code: WELCOME10. I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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May 1, 2019

Weathered Gray Soffit & My G-Grandfather's Town


In the early 1900's, my wonderful great-grandfather immigrated from the beautiful mountainous town of Benevento, Italy. 🏔 This is not a tourist trap by and stretch, it''s about a hour and 15 minutes away from Naples, but we easily made the beautiful drive. 

April 24, 2019

Salvaged-Looking Porch Swings & Easter in Roma


When we planned this year abroad, we made sure we would be in Roma for Easter. Easter or Pasqua is Italia's biggest holiday. They have pilgrims travel to the country from all over the world to see the holy sites and to meet the Pope (Il Papi!) And believe me, Rome does not disappoint. Two weeks ago this place was pretty dead and now the museums and churches are packed with people. 

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