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15 Things to Know Before Painting Furniture

I've been refinishin/ painting furniture for over 3 years now, and each new piece brings a new learning experience.  Today I thought I'd share a few of the things I've learned over the dozens of furniture makeovers I've done, in the hopes that it will save you some time and effort on your projects. 1. Always, always, ALWAYS sand your furniture piece.  If you are staining it, then you need to strip it to the bare wood, but even if you are painting it - it really needs to have a roughed-up surface, free of furniture polish and varnish, in [...]

Dresser Makeover – Naughty Knotty Pine

Who wants to look at out-dated knotty pine? Naughty knotty pine!  Time to clean this bad boy up and get him out of the corner. This was the third piece of furniture Leslie  sent to me in an effort to update her bedroom to coastal cool. This was the dresser pre-makeover: Sold wood, great lines, dovetail joints - just a beautiful piece of workmanship and not something you should ever, ever, EVER throw away Even if it has a few blemishes here and there: Some sanding, primer, paint and new handles and dresser makeover complete! You would never guess that this [...]

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Tire Cover Advertising

Did you know that advertising on your car is one of the most cost-effective ways to generate interest/leads for your small business? It's true. According to the Interstate Advertising Corporation, 74 percent of motorists are positively influenced by companies and products advertised on trucks. The American Trucking Association states vehicle advertisements generate more than 600 visual impressions for every mile driven.  So if you drive, a conservative, 25,000km in a year (15,500 miles) that's roughly 9,300,000 impressions your vehicle has made for your business!  You can break that down further by dividing the cost of your ad - whether it [...]

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

My friend Georgia stopped by the other day to show me a really cool duct tape wallet she'd purchased.  Okay, Georgia's Mom is a closer friend (Georgia is 10), but I don't want to discount any awesome friendships that lead to a knock on the door to show me an awesome craft. You know I had to try for myself. You will need: 2 - 3 rolls of coordinating duck tape (one for the exterior, one for the interior and a third for the trim) Clear scotch tape or packing tape cut down to scotch tape width (scotch tape is [...]

DIY Gift Wrap Station

I'm so excited about today's post! First, because these are the first plans I have created in their entirety - no bits and pieces  from other bloggers/DIYers - just a photo of a concept piece and my imagination and measurements to bring it to life. WAHOO! Secondly, I'm excited because my previous gift wrap caddy just wasn't cutting it.  Or rather it was doing a great job, but my gift wrap fetish (coupled with a sale at Michael's) had it so overloaded it wasn't functional. DIY Gift Wrap Station You will need: 3/4" plywood 1/4" MDF 4  swivel castors 3/4" wood [...]

Nightstand Makeover – Hale Navy

Leslie wanted to update her bedroom decor to a new cool, coastal theme - but these nightstands were stopping her in her tracks.  Nothing says 'cool' and 'coastal' like knotty pine right? Not so much. That's where I come in - time to take these bad boys from warm wood to dark and dramatic. Leslie selected Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy" and it is spectacular!  If you are looking for a navy blue nightstand, this is the colour you want -  truthfully - I'm itching to paint something else in this elegant, rich hue - just gorgeous! Leslie hadn't selected out her knobs [...]

Fence Art – 25 pieces of art using a backyard fence as the canvas

In looking up ideas for my fence art whale the other week, I came across some incredible fences that were a work of art.  The artists used the actual fence boards, chain link, pickets and clay walls as their canvas and created backyard spaces fit for an art gallery. (Click images for links where available) Plants won't grow, or perhaps you're nursing a new garden?  Fill in the gaps with painted flowers that will bloom year round. Source: Decorate YourFence.com If your artistic talents aren't up to the calibre above, try projecting your image onto your fence and [...]

DIY Doll Desk – fits 18″ and American Girl Dolls

What do you call the lecture-hall chairs that have the arm that folds up and down? I Googled and couldn't find a name specific to that kind of school desk - but that's what I'm talking about here - a DIY doll desk, or DIY doll chair with side-arm desk. Let's just go with doll desk (for 18" dolls). If you have any kind of scrap wood pile at all, you won't need to buy a single piece to build this DIY doll desk - if your pieces are too small (like mine were), use a bit of wood glue, [...]