oak dining table

Dining table and chairs makeover

I have a new-ish refinishing “finish” for you to try… like this mennonite dining table and chairs makeover that went completely MATTE! Happy weekend! So something happened when I finished cabinet-making school… Suddenly I received a rush of orders for refinishing projects?  Normally I’d say no, and focus on building projects, but a girl’s gotta eat right? On top of that Michelle was my “big sister” in Kappa Alpha Theta – and you don’t say no to your big sister.

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how to refinish wood furniture

How to refinish wood furniture

With this sideboard makeover, in a two-tone finish, it was a perfect time to review my “How to refinish wood furniture” tips, tricks, products and what-not-to-do’s for both painted and stained furniture. Product list to the items I use regularly are lower in the post.  Amazon affiliate links I have been building and refinishing furniture since 2013 – so almost 10 years now – and in that time I have come a LONG way. While the process for refinishing wood

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DIY dog crate, DIY dog kennel, make your own dog crate, how to make a dog crate, dog crate for large breed dogs

DIY dog crate for large breed dogs

Dog crates can be expensive and/or ugly. Build your own DIY dog kennel to suit your decor and size/breed of dog. As you know, we adopted a puppy in April – Bentley, the most gorgeous puppy in the universe! Granted a proud Mama, but he is spectacularly adorable. The only thing with Bentley is that he is growing – A LOT.  At 5 months old he is already 45lbs (20kg) and seems to be on-track to be about 100lbs (45kg)

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modern outdoor chair, DIY chair, outdoor chair, patio chair

Build your own modern outdoor chair

Would you believe this modern outdoor chair is the first chair I’ve ever built? With building plans from Fix This, Build That, you can make your own for outdoor, office or even family room! Hello sweet friends! I have been brain-swamped of late – that’s where there is so much going on in your head you don’t have time for real life. My kids finished school – both honours students (I’m a proud Mama), I finished trade school for cabinetmaking

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modern bird feeder, DIY bird feeder, bird feeder building plans

Make your own modern bird feeder

This modern bird feeder uses up small bits of scrap wood, but takes a bit of time to get the symmetry correct.  These free building plans will take some of the guesswork out and have you feeding the birds in style! One of my favourite things to do is to find something online and then try to build a version of it myself. This modern bird feeder is one of those projects – and while my prototype isn’t perfect –

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fluted shoe cabinet, building a shoe cabinet, shoe cabinet, shoe cupboard

Fluted shoe cabinet – overcoming my fear of routers

This easy and inexpensive shoe cabinet can be built in a matter of hours, and out of low-cost MDF.  Stop with a simple build, or do what I did and take your router skills from zero to hero by adding fluting! Well, I finished up cabinetmaking school last week and am officially a graduate! Which is interesting seeing as I never made a single kitchen cabinet from start to finish?   I think the program should have been called furniture

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