Category Archives: Wood Finishing Cloths

Lazy Susan: An Easy 3-Piece Project

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths
  • Lazy Susan mechanism
  • Round pine top
  • Scrap wood for a base
  • Awl
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Gloves (to protect hands from the wood stain)

DIY Lazy Susan Materials

How about an easy project that makes a great house-warming or birthday gift? You can pick up an inexpensive, pre-glued, pre-cut round pine top and a roller-bearing Lazy Susan mechanism at your local home improvement or craft center, then add to that a piece of scrap wood for the base.

1. Attach the Lazy Susan mechanism to a wood base

Attach Roller-Bearing Mechanism to Wood Base

The first step is to screw the mechanism to your base. The pine is soft enough to use an awl (visable in rear) to make a starter hole for your screws.

2. Attach the mechanism to the pine top

Attach Roller-Bearing Mechanism to Pre-Cut Round Pine Top

You then flip the top over and do the same, attaching the top side of the two-piece mechanism to the underside of the wood top.

3. Apply stain to the wood

Applying Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths to Pine Top

And what could be better for an easy project than an easy combination stain-and-finish — one that comes in a resealable bag, and that you apply with pre-moistened cloths rather than a brush? Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths are water-based, so they dry quickly and have no odor, making them perfect for small indoor projects.

Finished DIY Lazy SusanAnd literally in just minutes you can make a handy Lazy Susan, either for your dining room table — or to have ready for the next time you need a gift for a friend or relative.

Until our next time,

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Two-Towel Rack Shelves

While you might wonder how copper pipes fits in with a woodworking project, I think you’ll soon agree that pairing up unexpected materials can make an ordinary project — like kitchen or bathroom shelves — very unique.

I found these pre-made shelf brackets in our local home improvement center, along with two 24″ oak boards and some inexpensive half-inch copper pipe. I first drilled half-inch holes into the inside of each pair of brackets, then sanded my boards lightly with #150-grit sandpaper.

Small projects like these shelves are perfect for Minwax® Wood Finishing Cloths. Each of the eight cloths in a package come saturated with a stain and finish. This means they wipe on both color and protection in one step. For these shelves, I selected “Maple” to compliment the copper pipes.

Once the stain and finish had dried, I slipped each copper pipe into one of the corresponding holes, then attached each pair of shelf brackets to the underside of the oak boards.

In hardly any time at all, I had two handy display shelves that can be used in any room of the house.

Until next time,

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Create a DIY Mid-Century Planter on a Budget

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Guest Blogger Jen of City Farmhouse is back to show you how you can have high-end home decor without the high costs that come along with it. Follow along with her tutorial to learn how you can create your own chic, mid-century planter for a fraction of the price.


Hi there friends! If you are one to spot trends then you have probably noticed the wood leg planter around town. I found them for the first time last year at Target and fell in love. I waited for them to go on clearance, then snatched them up. They have a clean, mid-century modern look that is super stylish & chic but can be a bit pricey. I found the ones I used for this project a few weeks ago at West Elm and knew right away that they were a great look. The mix of wood and cement were a perfect pairing of textures. Once I saw the price I knew a DIY was in order.

Growing up my dad would always joke with me that I had caviar taste on a McDonald’s budget and I am not going to lie, I did. But the most wonderful thing was that I had a mom who encouraged me to be resourceful.Anytime I wanted something expensive, which god knows we couldn’t afford it, she would help me get the look for less. So often it was easier than I thought and this project is no exception.



I am thrilled to be partnering on Minwax on this project as a part of their Blogger Brigade in 2017. The retail on this Wood Leg Cement Planter is $149 and I was able to make it for just over $20. This project is so simple, anyone, at any DIY level can do this.

Here is what you will need to tackle your own West Elm knock off planter….

cement planter

2-36″ lengths of square 3/4″ poplar or pine

Minwax® Wood Finishing Cloths in Natural Oak & Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Puritan Pine. 

  • Wood Glue
  • 1.5″ finishing nails
  • 4 clamps
  • drill with small bit
  • sander or sandpaper
  • cotton cloth
  • latex gloves


Now you are ready to the make your “x” base after the stain is dry. You are going to attach your pre-stained pieces with wood glue and a clamp. Once the glue has dried you can flip it over and attach the fastener with screws and wood glue. See below images to get a visual.





Once your “x” brackets are fully dried you can attach the legs using glue and clamps. Once they are fully dry you can nail in a finishing nail, be sure to pre-drill first.



You can sand away any residual glue with sandpaper or a hand sander.




Thank you for stopping by! Have a happy day!

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

A Handy Recipe or Postcard Box

The other day I remarked to Leigh Ann that I needed to make a couple of small oak boxes to display postcards for an upcoming antiques show I direct. She then reminded me that I had also promised to organize our jumble of 5”x7” notecards with recipes taped to them. Suddenly, I had two reasons to start a new project.

I picked up some inexpensive oak strips from my local home improvement store, along with a package of eight Minwax® Wood Finishing Cloths in “Natural Oak.” Each pre-moistened cloth contains both a water-based stain and finish, which makes them perfect for small projects like this one.

And since the Wood Finishing Cloths are water based, that means they dry quickly – and without any odor.

And in no time at all, my first notecard box was dry and ready to go. Now I just have to go back and make the one I promised Leigh Ann for our recipe cards…

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by.