Monthly Archives: January 2014

Making a Driftwood Sculpture

Leigh Ann and I slipped away for a few days to celebrate a “milestone” birthday along the Carolina coastline, which we nearly had to ourselves. While Leigh Ann picked up seashells, I scoured the beach for a unique piece of driftwood to bring back as a souvenir of our vacation. But then, a few days later, I posed the same question you might have asked — “What can I do with it now?” One possibility:  make an artistic sculpture out of it. Take a look!
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A Fish Tale

The biggest fish I ever caught was on Lake Ebay, and he cost me less than a fishing license! Of course, he came with about sixty years of dust and a layer of dirt on the mahogany board . . . .

So I turned to Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner to remove the dirt, using a foam brush to clean beneath the bass. And for the bass himself, I took a soft, clean paint brush and dusted him carefully….

And now he’s swimming contently on the wall in my house, looking about as good as any 60-year-old fish can. (Well, at least the mahogany board looks better.)

Until next time,

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One Step At a Time?

Now that our kitchen remodeling project is almost complete, Leigh Ann pointed out that the parade of workmen had taken a toll on the top step of our stairway. One key board had lost most of its finish, and had picked up some scratches in the process. We could see a quick touch-up wouldn’t be enough, so we embarked on a mini-refinishing project — together. Dangerous idea? Take a look…..
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Bruce’s Recipes For Holiday Disasters

Okay, so it’s been a stressful few weeks for everyone (including Daisy), what with family and friends coming and going, guests staying overnight, furniture getting moved around, pets becoming over-anxious, and our homes generally getting pushed to — and sometimes over — the limit. Here, then, are a couple of quick solutions to disasters you and your home may have just encountered.

We’ve all done it:  Left a candle burning too long, only to discover a puddle of warm wax atop our cherished table or sideboard. What to do?

Freeze it! Wiping will only force the melted wax deeper into the wood, so hold an ice cube against it for a few moments, then pop it off using a plastic spatula or even a credit card.

Your pet never leaps on the table, right? At least not until the holidays become too stressful. Short of a messy refinishing, what can you do?

Reach for one of my favorites:  Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Markers. Each one contains real Minwax stain delivered by a felt tip, making touch-ups quick and easy.

Who would have thought your nephew would have confused your kitchen cabinet door with a swing set?

To reset a torn out screw, put a drop of glue and a sliver of wood (or some toothpicks) into the hole, let dry overnight, trim off, then reinsert the screw.

Your guests may have missed your doormat, but they didn’t miss your hardwood stairs. Muddy shoes soon become dry footprints. What should you use to clean them?

Nothing harsh, slippery, or soapy! Just squirt on a little Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and wipe off the dirt without harming the finish.

So, someone tried to pour their drink in your poinsettia, but missed — and now you have a hazy white mark to contend with?

First, do nothing:  no polish, no wax, no furniture cream. The water trapped in the finish may evaporate on its own in a week or so. If not, you can then buff it out with Minwax® Wipe-On Poly and #0000 steel wool. Take your time, be very gentle, and afterwards apply the Wipe-On Poly to the entire top to give it an even sheen when it dries.

Got a disaster I didn’t mention?

Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Until next time,

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