Monthly Archives: December 2014

Furniture Gets Sun Burned, Too!

If you ever needed a reminder of the silent but deadly damage the sun can do to your furniture, take a look at this leg of an Arts and Crafts settle I just bought. It endured several hours of daily sunlight which slowly but surely broke down the clear finish. I’ll have to refinish it in order to bring back the beauty of the wood, but use this as a reminder of what the sun can — and will — do. The solution? Pull the curtains or blinds when you’re not in the house, install ultra-violet protective film on key windows, and/or rotate your furniture to keep pieces out of the sunlight.

Until next time,

A stitch in time still saves nine!

Bruce

A Quick Finish For a Small Project

I was restoring a few antique hammered copper lamps recently, when I discovered two were missing the wooden bottom that prevented the copper base from scratching a desk or table. Fortunately, I had some thin plywood on hand, and discovered that the Pecan version of Minwax® Express Color™ (stain and finish combined in a squeeze tube) gave me the exact antique color I needed — and dried in just minutes.

A perfect solution to a small finishing project.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Childhood Memories and Hidden Treasures

When I was growing up in my parents’ home in Illinois, rainy days often meant climbing these worn stairs to our third floor attic, where we built things with Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets, played Monopoly and checkers, and traded baseball and football cards. Each time I go back to visit, I invariably climb those same stairs, opening the heavy pine door and stepping back into my childhood ….

What I realized this last time back is that my parents’ attic reads like our family history, only in objects rather than words. What to most people would be little more than yard sale junk holds many memories for me, and, mixed in with old blenders, Christmas decorations, and kitchen utensils….

there is always the cherished antique or two, such as my great-grandmother’s spinning wheel, still looking like it could go to work — provided anyone knew how to use it! I didn’t have room for it this trip, but someday I hope I have the opportunity to save and display it.

Until next time,

Take your own trip back in time!

Bruce

A Holiday Indoor Planter

About this time each year I get out this holiday planter I made from inexpensive 1″ x 6″ wood and stained using Minwax® Water-Based Stains. Some years we use it for holiday cards, while others might find it filled with evergreen bows, red ribbons, or even a string of lights. Its easy to make, as you can customize the size to wherever you might place it, then assemble it with brass screws.

I’m no artist, but even for me drawing the outlines for the pine trees across the back was fun. As an alternative to the cutout trees, you can glue onto the back board either festive wrapping paper, a collage of last year’s cards, or holiday self-adhesive stickers.

Hope you give it a try!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce