How To Paint Anything And Everything

Painting questions are the most asked questions I get.  I can understand why painting confuses people so much -- there are so many products and brands available, so many different types of things that people want to paint, and different things that need to be considered for each.  What kind of paint should I use?  Does it need a clear top coat?  … [Read more...]

Credenza Makeover Part 1 – Adventures In Stripping Wood Veneer

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The credenza in my living room is getting a makeover, and I'm just about finished. Sounds innocent enough, right?  Simple, even.  A nice antique credenza gets a cute little makeover -- a little paint, a little polishing, and voila!  Done! If only. :-D Let's start at the beginning.  This is the credenza I'm talking about. It has been … [Read more...]

DIY Ottoman Coffee Table Part 3 – Building A Coffee Table Base With Shelf

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I'm so close to being finished with my coffee table ottoman!!  I got the base built, and one coat of stain on it.  The only things left to do are polyurethane the base, and attach the ottoman top. Believe it or not, building the base was so much easier than making the top!  In fact, the base was actually quick and easy.  But just a warning...you … [Read more...]

DIY Ottoman Coffee Table Part 1 – How To Do Diamond Tufting

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I've actually had a diamond tufting tutorial on my blog for over three years now. That tutorial is what I would call "the correct way" to do tufting, where you attach the buttons using cord through a hole and stapled onto the backside of whatever you're making. (In that case, it was a king size headboard for Gwen's bedroom.) (And FYI, my tufting … [Read more...]

Tips For Installing Beautiful (Almost Flawless) Trim Moulding

tips for installing beautiful moulding - use caulk in corners and where the trim meets wall

First of all, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments about my Phase 1 progress on my living room yesterday!  (See what I'm doing there?  I've decided to live in a delusional state where those 530+ comments had nothing to do with a giveaway, and everything to do with my living room progress only.  :-D ) I had a couple of you ask for a … [Read more...]

How To Paint Cabinets With A Paint Brush (and get a near-perfect finish!)

How to paint cabinets with a paint brush (8 steps for a near-flawless finish)

Since I live in a condo, and have no place to use a paint sprayer, I'm always stuck painting cabinets with a paint brush. I really don't mind it (except that it takes a lot longer than a sprayer), and over the years, I've actually learned how to get a near-sprayed-on, almost-brush-stroke-free finish using a paint brush. Since this is one of the … [Read more...]

Essential DIY Tools – Sewing Machine

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When it comes to essential DIY tools, a sewing machine is definitely at the top of my list. And before you say, "Oh, I don't know how to sew," let me assure you, you can learn. Sewing machines seem to intimidate so many DIYers, but once you learn the basics (mainly how to thread the machine), you find that there's really nothing to be … [Read more...]