Stripping is a lot of hard, gross, goopy work and no one likes to do it. I recently created this beautiful grey stain look without stripping to raw wood. Lets talk about when to strip furniture for just a minute. When the existing finish is failing it is absolutely necessary to strip before proceeding. I […]
Have you ever heard someone say “Its made out of rubberwood”? Todays furniture we use a lot of rubber wood in its production.
Have you ever heard of a Knapp Joint? It’s a type of drawer joint that is a little less common today. I am sure you have hear dovetail, which is a very common form of drawer joints but sometimes you might run across a Knapp Joint.
Have any of you de-silvered a mirror? I had no idea it could be this fun. One of the things I am trained to do is to re-produce something existing. I spent 5 years as a master deceiver fixing damage to furniture and 10 years before that restoring antiques which you have to find a […]
Pinterest is the best place to get good ideas. My client sent me a picture of a pallet shoe bench she wanted for her new home. I used that inspiration to create this bench. This was an old piano bench I found on the side of the road and did that head whip pulled over […]
I was asked by a client to copper plate their cabinet. This cabinet is beautifully built but it needed to be updated with their home decor. They had a designer come to their home and tell them they should have something done with this cabinet. It is sentimental because the clients husband built it. However […]
Awhile back I was hired to repair scratches on wood doors. While at the estimate to look at the doors I brought a product that might do the trick but wanted to test it out first. Repairing scratches on doors can be a lot of work. From sanding the wood down possibly stripping, restaining and […]
Last summer I had a chair that I needed to replace 6 missing spindles on my lathe. I didn’t document the project due to time constraints but this summer I had a call from another client, same chair only one missing spindle. And this summer I have documented the lathe work. I am self taught […]
Hardware cleaning is simple and as you can see with these handles completely necessary. Kitchen hardware especially can get super nasty, this is the easiest way I know to clean hardware. Hardware can get anything from food, hand grease, paint splatter and much more on it. Hardware also has a protective coating on it that […]
Every spring my hubby sets out for a local auction. He gets up super early and spends his day there. This year I actually got to go with. While we waited for the items we wanted to bid on Dave (the hubs) told me how when he was a kid he would go with his […]
We have some news which is both exciting and somber for us to share with our followers. Becca is leaving the UpCycle Girls. Becca has accepted a job with one of our vendors, still doing what she loves by promoting and teaching about some awesome products in the DIY industry. She will still be available […]
This wood is staying natural so instead of filling with wood filler or bondo I am going to show you how to make a compression veneer patch.
Meet our old kitchen table bench. We just got a new table and instead of ditching this girl I decided to give her a facelift. Why not do some upholstery.
Just got this badass air brush from Preval to do leather touch-ups also wanted it for inside chair legs and spraying on stencils (so stay tuned). Today I am using it for my first ever leather touch-up.
Flea markets in Wisconsin are fantastic there are so many good ones here in the dairyland. These are a list of my favorites!