Monthly Archives: February 2016

Create a Wood Arrow Wall Decor

I’m always looking for way to use up the scraps in my workshop, so when I saw this idea for creating a wall decoration using either left over or reclaimed boards, I had to give it a try. After making a simple 45-degree cut on either end, I glued and nailed each pair of boards together.

On the back I tacked on a picture hanger for mounting each arrow on the wall.

In addition to various boards, I also had several different colors of stain on my shelf, so I used a variety of colors, including “Perfectly Pink,” a new Minwax Water Based Wood Stains, and finished them with a light misting with the aerosol version of Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.

Then it was just a matter of playing with their arrangement on the wall, where they filled an awkward, narrow space and provided a needed flair of color in the room.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

Wax Prevents Rust!

While we generally think of applying a quality paste wax over wood — such as a stained piece of furniture or even one finished with a chalk paint — wax can also be applied over metal, such as this iron band on the inside of my Arts and Crafts antique wastebasket. As you can see, small spots of rust were beginning to form where the original coating had worn off.

I reached for my favorite antique finish:  Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax. Using an old athletic sock as an applicator, I rubbed a coat of dark Paste Finishing Wax over the iron bands on the inside, and over the antique shellac finish on the outside, giving it more protection, too.

After waiting about five minutes for the wax to begin to harden, I then took a clean, soft cloth and buffed up a hand-rubbed, satin finish, knowing the Paste Finishing Wax would adhere to the metal bands and rivets as well as to the wood.

My Arts and Crafts wastebasket is now back in my office, safely protected on the inside from rust as well as on the outside.

Until next time,

Don’t forget about wax – a time-honored finish.

Thanks!

Bruce

A Stained Glass Project

I love looking for small, inexpensive stained glass windows that I can hang in my office or our house. I found this little one in the back of an architectural salvage shop. It was very dirty so I used an old toothbrush and a glass cleaner to work the grime out of the corners of the zinc leading, then used a soft rag to clean the glass.

With the addition of a narrow oak frame, stained with Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Special Walnut”, and two brass hooks, my once-neglected stained glass window now hangs proudly in one of the windows in my office. (PS – If you don’t have room for one, these make great unique gifts!)

Until next time,

“The only people who don’t find anything are the ones who quit looking.”

Thanks!

Bruce

Backstage at “Creative Living”

One of the things I enjoy doing the most for Minwax is appearing on television shows, such as “Creative Living,” and passing along some of the wood finishing tips I have learned along the way. Before the cameras start rolling, however, a lot happens backstage, beginning with the arrival of several boxes of props from my workshop.

Since we were scheduled to film four segments in one morning, I arrived the previous afternoon and began unpacking my boxes and arranging my props. As you can see, it first looked like chaos.

The crew provided me with a long table to set up each of my segments, including this one on ways to prepare and protect your home and your furniture before guests arrive.

The set we were filming on was designed to look like a combination kitchen and dining room, where I would stage my props before we began taping each segment.

Cheryl Borden, the host of “Creative Living,” is always a delight to work with, and makes sure that we have fun as we demonstrate different wood staining and finishing techniques.

And then it ends just as it began:  with several boxes to be re-packed and shipped back to my workshop!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce