Special Finishes – rusty teal
The Upcycle Girls 5 steps to a flawless finish. Aplication, product, workablity, scuffing, going pro.
Every junker has done it: bought something coated in lead paint. Sometimes you just cannot pass up that wonderful junk! Lord knows the things I have worked on and never tested. Recently, just for precautionary reasons, I had my doctor test me for lead and my levels are all normal… whew! After 17 years of […]
Recently I (Tara) found an awesome dresser from a thrift store for a STEAL. But after bringing it home, I got to thinking and realized the draw of the beauty and the bargain distracted me from following some of my own rules. This dresser was old and was layered in multiple coats of old paint […]
How to achieve a flat finish
Choosing neutral paint colors can feel just completely overwhelming. Your safest bet for versatility in future redecorating is always neutrals.
All you need to know about sandpaper. Different types of abrasives and our recommendations.
The reason we ramble on about this is because we are constantly fielding questions about products that are currently available claiming to be “one step” or “all in one.”
Proper protection for DIYers and refinishers
Food grade finishes for cutting boards
Just got the perfect piece of furniture but how do you remove the smell from it? Follow these steps to get rid of the smell.
For just regular cleaning or dusting just a damp cloth should do just fine. If you need to do a little extra cleaning, some mild dish soap and water will work perfect.
Wax can also be somewhat sticky, and finger prints can stand out. Dirt can easily adhere to it making it harder to clean. Also, wax is suggested to be reapplied about every year so it is not a low-maintenance option. Wax is used typically more for looks rather than as a durable protectant.
Toady lets discuss veneer repairs on furniture. Occasionally you will not have the missing veneer which there are other options for like getting a veneer pack or using bondo depending on your project.
Patina is color & texture of the surface produced by age & wear. In wood furniture the varnish, shellac, or oil has a tendency to deepen yet retains the transparency.