Category Archives: Clear Lacquer Finish

Repurposing Barnwood to Make a Coat Rack

Pile of Reclaimed Barnwood

When I spotted this crate brimming with short pieces of barnboards, I knew I could come up with a project for them. After also finding some hooks at the same salvage warehouse, I decided to make a coatrack for our downstairs “mudroom.”

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer
  • Reclaimed wood boards (about 14″ x 3″)
  • Palm sander
  • Coat hooks
  • Brass screws
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Glue
  • Clamps

1. Cut barnboards to the desired size.

Pile of Reclaimed Barnboard

I started by cutting nine boards each about three inches wide and fourteen inches long (you can make yours whatever size you like), then began playing around with the layout on my workbench.

2. Layout boards and glue them together.

Glue Barnboards Together & Sand Edges

I settled on a staggered layout, then glued the boards together, clamped them overnight before taking my palm sander and rounding the straight edges and corners to give them a worn look.

3. Protect barnwood with Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer

Spray a Coat of Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer for Protection

As much as I like barnboards, I am the first to recognize that the dried wood needs some additional protection — and a little gloss to bring them to life and to highlight the grain of the wood. And the easiest way to do both was with a can of Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer in a satin sheen.

4. Position hooks on barnwood and attach.

Position Hooks on Barnboard and Attach with Screws

The lacquer dried quickly, so within minutes I was able to position my hooks on the barnboards and attach them with brass screws.

5. Hang your coatrack.

Coat Rack Made from Reclaimed Wood

And in what seemed like no time at all, my coatrack was complete and ready to hang inside the door to our mudroom. If you like it, give it a try!

Until next time,

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Making Those Missing Shelves

You may recall that I recently transformed a discarded 1990s microwave cart into this rolling serving center. However, each time I looked at the inside of the doors all I could see was the opportunity to add a pair of shelves to them.

So, I picked up some half-inch thick oak boards from my local home improvement center, then cut them to fit the inside of each door.

These thin boards were easy to glue and nail together, but I was left with some unsightly nail holes. To fill them, I squeezed in a small amount of Minwax® Stainable Wood Filler, which I sanded smooth as soon as it dried.

To match the rest of the serving center, I left the oak boards natural, but sealed and protected them using Minwax® Clear Aerosol Lacquer.

The lacquer dried quickly and it was easy to attach my shelves to the inside of the doors with small L-brackets positioned under each of the two shelves. Now when I open the doors, I no longer see a missed opportunity!

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A Rolling Holiday Serving Cart

The holidays are always a time for parties, so when I took a closer look at this 1990s rolling microwave cart Leigh Ann had been using to pot plants in our garage, I got an idea.

All it had was a thin natural finish over the birch boards, so a light sanding with #150-grit sandpaper quickly removed it, along with the unsightly water marks.

Inside the cabinet was a single shelf and an open storage area, which I decided to use for a wine rack. Needing just four boards, it was easy to cut and nail together.

Under the shelf, I wanted to hang glasses. Using some scrap wood, I made some simple glass racks.

Birch boards always look great when kept natural, so I knew this was an ideal project to finish with four coats of Minwax® Clear Aerosol Lacquer. Note: see how I have my garage door open for ventilation? You can see, too, how the Aerosol Lacquer brings out the natural rich color of the wood.

Remember those dated round, white porcelain knobs? I replaced them with a more contemporary pair of square knobs.

When I was done, the rolling cart looked like this when closed….

And like this when open. The white center section is the original formica, after I scrubbed off the dirt from Leigh Ann’s potting projects. And in case you want a closer look at the interior….

Here it is.

So, the next time you are out hitting the thrift shops, keep an eye out for an out-dated kitchen cart you can easily transform into a contemporary serving cart.

Until next time,

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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,

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