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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Protecting Your Painted Handles And Pulls… My Favorite TopCoat

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 0 comments

Hi everyone… hope you’re having a fabulous day!

You all know I love re-purposing and re-styling old hardware. An easy way to update old furniture hardware is to paint them to compliment your piece.

Hardware gets A LOT of use, so protecting your painted handles and pulls is important.

In the past I’ve used wax to topcoat my painted hardware. Wax gives a nice sheen that’s easy to control. The more you buff, the more glossy it becomes. The only downfall with wax is somewhere down the road, reapplying is a good idea.

My new favorite is Minwax Wipe-On-Poly. This Wipe-On-Poly is not my “go-to-product” for large surfaces, but it’s great for small surfaces and AMAZING for handles and pulls.



Really easy to apply… just wipe-on with a soft cloth.

It comes in satin or gloss depending on how shiny you want your handles to be. The more coats you apply to your painted hardware, the more pronounced the sheen. And unlike wax, this durable polyurethane wipe-on will never need re-applying… even with heavy-duty everyday use.

What do you topcoat and protect your painted hardware with?

Missed last weeks Quick-Tip?… you can find last weeks Q-T-T here.

Happy Painting!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ Safely Remove Painter Tape Without Peeling Your Paint

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 4 comments

Hey you… glad you’re here and I hope all is well!

The last few days I’ve been painting a two-toned French Provincial dresser.  To achieve crisp-clean lines using painters tape, I like to remove the tape when the paint is almost dry… but not fully dry.

About an hour or so works well for me.

When I get busy {or lazy} and leave it on for a few days,  sometimes I get chipping and peeling when I finally get around to peeling it off… which is exactly what happened with this dresser.

I guess the good thing that came out of this was it gave me a good Quick-Tip-Tuesday to write about. A blogger’s mentality.




So here’s the Quick-Tip… to safely remove painter tape without chipping or peeling, try using a utility knife or razor blade.

Run it along the edge of the painters tape before removing it. The sharp edge cuts the dry paint away from the tape so the painter-tape can be peeled off at a 45-degree angle without uplifting the paint below.

This works like a charm if you have a straight edge to follow like this dresser, baseboards or a ceiling/wall etc.

Do you have any other tips on how to safely remove painters tape without peeling or chipping?… I’d love for you to share!

And if you missed last weeks Q-T-T, you can find it here.

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ The Difference Between Veneer & Laminate Furniture

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 2 comments

Today’s Quick-Tip-Tuesday idea comes from a conversation I recently had with the talented and witty Dee at Deeconstructed.  Dee has noticed that many people use the words veneer and laminate interchangeably.

I thought this was a great topic for Q-T-T because when I first started painting furniture, I didn’t know the difference between veneer and laminate furniture!


Difference-Between-Wood-Veneer-and-LaminateHere’s a quick explanation of the difference between the two:

Wood Laminate is a manufactured layer of plastic, paper or foil that has been printed with a wood grain pattern. It’s like a ‘picture’ of wood that is bonded onto less expensive wood composites; usually MDF or particle board. With proper preparation, laminate CAN be painted however laminate can NOT be stained.

Here’s an example of a wood laminate dresser drawer that has been lightly sanded.


The Difference Between Wood Veneer & Laminate


Below is another close up of a wood laminate dresser leg. On both these examples, you can see the wood composite underneath the sanded off laminate. A sure way to recognize wood laminate is when the grain does NOT follow through your piece.


The Difference Between Wood Veneer & Laminate


Wood Veneer is a sheet or thin layer of ‘quality-natural-hardwood’ that is adhered to a lesser quality wood surface. Wood Veneers give the impression of a more desired quality wood without being as costly. Veneers also make it possible to create designs and match grain patterns. With proper preparation, wood veneer CAN be painted OR stained.

Here’s an example of a badly water damaged wood veneer that I removed for a re-style. The layer of veneer is lifting up from the desk along with a larger piece that has already come off.


The Difference Between Wood Veneer & Laminate


Below is a perfectly good piece of wood veneer… until I botched up the left side by sanding through the veneer to the wood composite below!


The Difference Between Wood Veneer & Laminate


Although laminate may be considered a sub-par product in the furniture world… wood veneer is not. A good majority of fine furniture is made with a combination of solid and veneered wood. I hope this quick-tip helps you next time you’re out shopping for your next re-style.

If you have a question, opinion, or story on your experiences with veneer or laminate furniture, I’d love for you to chime in!

Also, feel free to catch last weeks Q-T-T here … and have a terrific Tuesday!

Take care and see you soon :)


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Sherwin-Williams ~ 2015 Color Forecast

Sherwin-Williams ~ 2015 Color Forecast

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog, color, Random Chit-Chat | 2 comments

Hi everyone… how are you doing today?

I’m sitting here waiting for a coat of paint to dry while leafing through this Sherwin-Williams Stir® Magazine I received in the mail last week.

The new color palette forecast for 2015 is magnificent and right on trend - so I grabbed my camera so I can share it with you!

Here’s a sneak peak at the beautiful NEW Sherwin-Williams 2015 colormix™ color forcast.



Gorgeous Sophisticated Gray Hues. Love these neutral grays. I really like the ‘Gray Screen’ with a hint of blue and the ‘Aloof Gray’ with the hint of green. They’re in my SW Fandeck so I’m not sure why I haven’t tried these two yet!?




And what do you think of these colors? The ‘Chrysalis’ palette… peaceful soothing earthy tones. I really like the ‘Aqua-Sphere’.


Sherwin-Williams-Chrysalis 2015




Take a look at these vibrant eye catchers! This is the ‘Unrestrained’ SW palette. I’m often tempted to paint in colors this bold… but then I always chicken out.






And I saved my favorite for last, the ‘Buoyant’ SW color palette. Happy optimistic hues to brighten our spirits. These colors are stunning! A few months back I used SW6612 Ravishing Coral on this dresser but I’d really like to try the Coral Reef as it looks a little more pink. So feminine and pretty.


Sherwin-Williams-Buoyant 2015



I hope this 2015 color forecast inspires you. It’s inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little more bold!

Have a great weekend with your family and friends, and remember to do something special for yourself.
Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ An Easy Way to Paint Stripes On Your Furniture

Quick-Tip-Tuesday ~ An Easy Way to Paint Stripes On Your Furniture

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, Quick Tip Tuesday | 5 comments

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today’s Quick–Tip comes from the lovely and talented Judy Ainger at Vintage Street Designs. I discovered her tip on FB and thought it was a great one to share with you.

Judy has an easy way to paint stripes on furniture… straight stripes I might add!

She uses 1″ blue Edge-Lock Tape and places the first piece in the middle of the surface making sure it’s straight and centered. Working outwards, she places additional strips of tape side by side until she’s reached the end of the piece. Judy says starting in the middle and working your way out ensures the end stripes will be the same width on either side. Once all the tape is perfectly positioned, remove every other piece of tape and paint away. Brilliant!




Great tip and so easy… thanks Judy! I’m looking forward to trying it for myself in the very near future.

Have any other tips or tricks when painting stripes on furniture?  I’d love to hear them so please share below!

If you missed last weeks Q-T-T you can find it here and feel free to drop by Judy’s Facebook page for even more inspiration.

Have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for dropping by. :)

Denise x

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Painted & Stained Pine Desk Rescue

Painted & Stained Pine Desk Rescue

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog, Milk Paint, Painting Furniture, Staining Furniture, Trash 2 Income | 16 comments

Hello everyone,

Some of you already know that last week I had to put Freddi down. The past few days have been difficult and sad. My heart is broken.

Every day for for the last 18 years, this little dog with big personality gave me her unconditional love. Always by my side making me laugh and smile…. she was family.  This love was a special gift… and I’m blessed to have had her in my life.

I know all you animal lovers understand because the response on FB has been overwhelming. Thank you to every one of you who took the time to offer your support. Although I wasn’t online last week, I did pop in to read every single post and found comfort in all your kindness.


Here’s what I’ve been working on to keep my mind off things.




This pine desk (and chair) are both rescue pieces.

The desk has been re-styled with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Lamp Black Milk Paint.  Before applying the Java Gel Stain, I lightly sanded the entire desk just enough to remove the shiny finish and then applied the Java over the pre-existing stain.

The Java darkened the original stain considerably but left the warm undertones.




The chair has been left in the same condition I found it in. I’m going to keep this interesting piece for staging. I love it. It’s solid wood with beautiful curves and details, but I haven’t decided how I’m going to re-finish it yet. Any idea’s?






I’m really happy with the new hardware on this desk.

These tarnished brass/wood knobs where purchased for 25¢ each at the Re-Store. I wish I had taken before pics because the original wood was blonde.

I gave each knob a light sanding and then applied a few coats of Java Gel Stain to match the finish on the desk. It ties everything in really nicely and makes for a handsome piece.




The  four pulls on the bottom drawers were purchased new from Lee Valley.




The desk has been finished and protected with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. I usually use my spray-gun to apply top coat but this time I used a foam brush. It leveled beautifully.








Once again, thank you for your support. If you’ve left a comment/question on the blog or my email recently, I’ll do my very best to get back to everyone this week.

Also, Quick-Tip-Tuesday will be back again tomorrow.

Have a blessed day,

Denise x





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