Written by UpCycle Girl Tara When my client asked me to restore her grandmother’s stool, I was more than thrilled. My roots in the restoration industry have been with true antiques. I have spent years studying and learning about authenticity, visiting historical places and learning proper restoration practices. This particular stool just needed new upholstery. […]
Stripping furniture three options on removing the old finish.
There are tons of posts on car bondo wood filler, which I do indeed use quite a bit however there are also other options out there that I would like to share with you plus I will share the surfaces the fillers would be used on.
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. Lead paint cautions on furniture is something you should be aware about. 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 […]
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.