Archives for June 2016

10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 step DIY by Maria LaBelle. Maria is my Facebook friend on a furniture painting page who does beautiful work. Two things caught my eye when I saw her project - the crisp clean look and the use of Java Gel, a new product I just picked up but haven't used yet.   The 10 step process turning a French provincial drum table into a beauty starts with the "before":   BEFORE     Maria said, "My son saw this table by the curb and quickly loaded it into his car. It is in near perfect all-wood condition except for her top, which had some of the finish removed. "   AFTER       Maria shares Continue reading

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient. My schedule is so tight, I'm all about quick and easy with few steps in between. Plus, we have a lot of winter here in Wisconsin and I don't like tromping through the snow!   I did a search (naturally!) and came up with the term "direct composting," or "trench composting." Basically you just dig a trench in your garden and dump in your scraps and bury them. Easy peasey! We tried it Continue reading

More Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

More Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Not long ago I showed you some Furniture Flips by Sandra Amigo and now I have a couple more for you... Sometimes you like the "before" but then you see the "after" and you're like... "WHOA!" This is that time. Sandra is a FAB FLIPPER! Here is the before:   Sandra told me, "I also made my own version of the various brands of waxes I've seen displayed on blogs: wood wax (the one used on floors) with my beloved walnut wood stain. I recently bought metallic wax patinas: gold, silver, and copper for finishing touches."   Here are the afters:   "I have transferred images in quite a number of projects with the mod podge method and Continue reading