How to Antique Furniture with Glaze or Stain

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Add a Beautiful Antique Patina Using Wood Stain or Antique Glaze Using wood stain or antiquing glaze is one of the most effective furniture aging effects that you can utilize to antique a piece of furniture. There are so many options with these two. You can take a piece of furniture with shiny, brand new paint, and add decades or centuries of natural-looking aging in just a matter of minutes, and the results are incredible.   Depending on the piece you are working on, using stain or glaze can be a tedious job, but the results are well worth it.  Antiquing furniture with stain or glaze...

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The Definitive Guide To Homemade Chalk Paint Recipes

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Homemade Chalk Paint Recipes If you are a DIY junkie and love to paint furniture, then most likely you have at one time or another made, or thought about making, your own chalk paint.  If so then you know that there are several DIY homemade chalk paint recipes out there, and unless you have tried them all it can be difficult to know which one is the best.  Perhaps you are just now hearing about chalk paint for the first time and wondering what it’s all about. Either way you have come to the right place. We have received this question on numerous occasions from various readers, and...

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How To Build A Brick Book Shelf

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We shared recently some pictures of our two new brick book shelves that we built in one afternoon for less than $40.00.  We told you we would be sharing a tutorial on how to build a brick book shelf for your own home so here it is. Yes, most people could probably look at the shelf and see how to make your own, but we do tutorials here as you know, so we wanted to put together this quick tutorial to show you how we built these beautiful brick book shelves. Now, there are of course a million ways you can do this project.  You can use many different types of bricks, material for shelves, stain...

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How To Make Custom Distressed Wooden Signs

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If you saw our last post you saw that we have been busy at work making some really cool distressed wooden signs for Christmas. We have really had a blast creating these little signs.  They are easy to make and they can say anything you want them to say.  The only limits are your imagination! So, now we come to the fun part, where we show you exactly how we make these signs so that you can do it yourself.  There are a lot of different ways you can do it and we certainly encourage you to experiment and find new and better ways to do it for yourself.  This tutorial just shows the method that we...

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Dry Brush Method

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Well, if you saw our recent post called “An Old Blue Chair” then you have already seen the chair we are going to talk about in this tutorial. We painted this chair using a technique called the “dry brush” method and it really is an amazing way to add a beautifully distressed patina to a piece of furniture. We found this old chair in a barn.  It’s a very simple laminate chair but we thought it would make a good test cases for dry brushing.   WHAT YOU WILL NEED * Chalk Paint :  You can buy the Annie Sloan version or you can make your own using the easy recipe...

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Chalk Paint And Vaseline Method

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In this tutorial we are going to show you how we distressed a tall dresser we had in our house with chalk paint and vaseline.  The dresser is about 55 years old, had some deep gouges in the side but was in still pretty good shape. We had an idea that this would make a good distressed furniture piece. We decided to go with a barn-type red that we already had around the house that would work well in the room we were going to use it in.   I apologize that I can’t tell you the exact color on this one.  We had it a while and just aren’t sure of the exact color. Anyway here we go! WHAT...

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