How to paint wood furniture black successfully

To successfully paint wood furniture black is difficult. Top coats often turn out streaky. Fortunately I found a way to get a great result. Black and white are some of the hardest paint colours to finish well. Many thanks to Dixie Belle for sponsoring this post. This post includes gifted products and affiliate links so…

Small Business Saturday – support small and make a difference

Small Business Saturday was created to support small businesses after Black Friday. Here are some talented artisans at Homemade at The Barn. Some large businesses inflate their prices throughout the year so they can offer ‘discounts’ on Black Friday. Small businesses often don’t and they lose out. So, I’m showcasing a few of the talented…

How to make over a small side table with golden glamour

A small table is a low risk way to start upcycling. Here’s how to make over a small side table with a golden wow factor. They’re small so don’t use a lot of paint. Often have straightforward shapes so won’t need fancy tools or brushes. And will hopefully be quick so you can see if…

Holiday upcycling gift guide for the DIYer in your life

Need an upcycling gift guide for the DIYer in your life? This guide includes books, subscriptions, stocking fillers, and unusual gifts. Note – if that upcycler is you, that’s fine too! Have family or friends who don’t know what to buy, so want to narrow it down but still get a surprise? Send them this…

Three ways to prepare low quality wood before using stain

If you stain imperfect wood that has cracks or oil spots, it won’t ever look good. These tips will fix the issues and help make it beautiful. Can you stain imperfect wood? Yes, you can. Sometimes wood has issues like marks or cracks on it. And the only solution is to paint it. Or far…

How to upcycle a children’s globe in 5 easy steps

Have a children’s globe you want to upcycle? Here’s how to take it from a toy to a pretty piece of decor, in 5 easy steps. Globes are a lovely thing for kids to have. They’re fun to spin and there’s always somewhere new to discover. But once you get older, a colourful map is…

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