Monthly Archives: June 2017

A Unique House-Warming Gift

1. Parts

I have friends who just moved into a new house in Cleveland, so I thought a special house-warming gift would be in order. For me, that means a stop by my local craft store, where I picked up a few items.

2. White Stain

I started by staining a piece of birch plywood with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Pure White,” applying it with a foam brush, then wiping off any stain the wood did not absorb.

3. Gel

For my trim and wooden letters, I selected Minwax® Gel Stain  in “Coffee” to achieve a pleasing contrast to my white plywood. Once dry, I glued the letters to the plywood.

5. Ohio 2

I then cut out and traced an outline of the state of Ohio onto the plywood, isolated it with blue painter’s tape, and dabbed on a layer of Gel Stain using a foam brush. As soon as I had completed the staining, I peeled off the tape.

6. Poly

I found this cute red heart in my craft store, so I glued it to my state to represent the city of Cleveland. Then I finished the entire wall plaque with Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish.

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When it was all done, I had a special housewarming gift that they can hang in any room of their house.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

A Hanging Herb Garden

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My wife Leigh Ann loves to cook, and to use fresh herbs when she does. Unfortunately, her garden is several yards away from our house, so I thought I would devise a way we could have pots of herbs growing right outside our kitchen door. I started with three, thin six-inch wide oak boards through which I cut holes for nine clay pots. Then I drilled holes for two four-foot long support dowels.

Helmsman

Since my hanging herb garden will be subject to sunlight and rain, I protected the wood with two coats of Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane.

Assembly

Once dry, I slid my 3/4-inch dowels through the holes in each shelf.

Peg

Then I measured, marked and drilled 3/8″ holes for the two-inch dowels on which the shelves would rest.

Hooks

An inexpensive plant hanging kit provided me with a way to mount my miniature herb garden on the side of our house.

HeroThen came the really fun part: adding pots of various herbs to my three shelves — now right outside our kitchen window.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

An Antique Mirror Restoration Made Simple

1. Before

While it may not look so bad from a distance, this 1950s maple mirror had originally been finished with lacquer, a popular finish for mid-century furniture. Unfortunately, this early version of lacquer tended to develop tiny cracks and blemishes over time. Fortunately for us, they don’t have to be stripped for the mirror to be saved and reused.

2. Scuff

I started by scuffing the old lacquer lightly with a synthetic pad, then wiping off the dust.

3. Lacquer

I then simply added a fresh coat of Minwax® Clear Aerosol Lacquer, which adheres best to the old lacquer.

4. Wire

Quick Tip: Never trust old wire or hooks on a heavy mirror or work of art. Always be sure to screw in a new hook and use heavy-duty braided wire.

5. HeroBefore I could get it hung on the wall, Jasper decided to take a quick peek to see how he was looking that day. Both he and the mirror look pretty good!

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

A One of a Kind Table Top Clock

1. Hole

I saw this fifteen-inch, unfinished table top at my local home improvement center and it occurred to me that by drilling a hole in the center, I could transform it into a unique clock.

2. Drill back

Before I put my drill away, I used it to cut away enough wood on the back for my battery-powered clock component.

3. Cans

Since pine is a soft wood, I opted to first brush on a coat of Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This helps reduce the blotchiness when I applied my stain. For this project I choose “Classic Gray” Minwax® Wood Finish™.

4. Gray I gave the stain about five to ten minutes to soak in, then wiped off all the excess.

5. Ring Hands

Just to add a splash of color, I stained this wooden ring with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain “Crimson.” I then glued it onto the clock face and assembled the hands of the clock.

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Regular numbers seemed a little mundane, so I opted for these colorful self-adhesive stickers instead, making my clock even more unique.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce