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    How to Make a Gorgeous Candle Centerpiece for Christmas: A Great Gift Idea!

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, finding the right gift for someone can be really challenging. So here’s a simple yet beautiful gift idea that anyone with a kitchen or dining room table will love. I partnered with Minwax on this project to show you how their products make wood look so very beautiful! I think you’re going to love the color stain I chose for this – subtle and gorgeous! Keep reading for more details and the full tutorial. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve used and loved Minwax products for years! Time to…

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    How to Upcycle Furniture in your Home: Black Sideboard Cabinet Makeover

    New furniture can be so expensive! Instead of buying new furniture, why not take a piece of furniture that is in your home or from a thrift store and give it a whole new look? Some might respond with “I could never do that! I have no idea how to and I’m not very creative.” Guess what? You don’t have to be creative to do it! You also can learn how to through this tutorial and a little trial and error. So let’s get started! I hope this sideboard cabinet makeover tutorial inspires you to transform a piece of furniture in your home too. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I…

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    A Beautiful and Simple Christmas Decoration: DIY Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

    I LOVE Christmas decor. You too? Awesome. You’re in the right place! I also love budget-friendly decor, which is exactly what this DIY wood Christmas tree decor is. It’s fun and simple to make, and is a great addition to your home around Christmastime. Even better: You can customize it to whatever color best matches your decor: Love modern homes? Paint them black and white! Love farmhouse style? Paint them white and distress the edges. Love traditional Christmas colors? Paint them bright red and green! So let’s jump in – it’s about time that I share this simple tutorial that you can follow too. Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring this post. I…

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    Container Gardening Solution for Small Yards!

    Have a small yard or no yard at all? Good news- I have a container gardening solution for you! It’s so small that it can easily sit on a balcony, patio, or even in an entryway. Also, it’s super simple to construct if you have just basic woodworking skills. It’s stained with super durable exterior stain to withstand the natural elements. Thanks to Cabot for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and used Cabot premium woodcare products for a long time. Tools & Materials Cabot Semi-Transparent Stain + Sealer in Canyon Purdy 2″ White Bristle Sprig Brush One 6″ cedar fence picket One 6′ cedar…

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    Bringing to life Cabot’s 2023 Trend of the Year: Create an Outdoor Gathering Space!

    Sitting out back around a fire. Gathering family together for a child’s birthday party. Enjoying dinner with friends on your patio on a gorgeous summer day. Cold drinks in hand. Good food to share. The best company. Nothing is quite like gathering outdoors! For Cabot’s 2023 Trend of the Year, they chose “Creating an outdoor gathering space.” They asked if I would help announce this trend by creating a beautiful gathering space at my home. Of course I said I’d love to! And that’s how this project came to be. I hope this project tutorial inspires you to create a cozy space outdoors for gathering with friends and family. Some…

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    The 2023 Minwax Color of the Year: Aged Barrel!

    Minwax’s 2023 Color of the Year is a gorgeous rustic brown color, Aged Barrel. It has a gray undertone and brings warmth and depth to pieces. I decided to use this stain color on a modern bookshelf for my daughter’s room. My daughter’s room is very white and bright. It has bold floral wallpaper in it. I was excited to bring some depth and contrast to her room with this darker stain color. This bookshelf is quite easy to make – it’s really just creating two ladders and placing boards across them. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve…

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    How to Make Easy DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments

    I LOVE Christmastime! I love lights and trees and everything that Christmas has to offer. Every year I try a few new Christmas DIY projects that I can keep for myself or give away as gifts. This year I decided to make easy DIY wood Christmas ornaments using my scroll saw. They are super simple to make! And the options for shape and color are nearly endless. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve used and loved Minwax products for years! Time to Complete 2 days, with about 4 hours of work across the 2 days Tools & Materials…

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    Easy Woodworking Project! How to make a beautiful stained wood end table

    Are you looking for an easy woodworking project? Or perhaps an opportunity to make an end table that you can customize to the exact size and colors for your home? I’ve got just the tutorial for you! I’ll be sharing with you how to make a beautiful stained wood end table. You can easily adjust the dimensions for your space and also adjust the colors for your home. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve used and loved Minwax products for years! Time to Complete 2 days, with about 5 hours of work across the 2 days Tools &…

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    How to Get a Smooth Finish when Painting Furniture

    One of the most common questions I get about refinishing furniture is: How do you get a smooth finish when painting furniture? The good news is that it’s not difficult! You just need the right products and the right process to get a perfectly smooth finish on furniture. This post is going to walk you through exactly how to do it! So keep reading for all the details. Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and owned Purdy products for a very long time! Tools & Materials Purdy 2″ Angled Nylox Glide Paint Brush Purdy Revolution Jumbo Mini Roller Frame Purdy White…

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    5 Amazing Staining Tips! Including how to prevent blotchy stain, how to choose the right stain opacity, and more!

    I love staining wood. (I love painting wood too but something about the wood grain showing through stain makes me so happy!) Staining wood isn’t difficult but it’s important to follow the instructions and also have a few staining tips in your back pocket to help prevent some common mistakes. Therefore, I wanted to share with you 5 Amazing Staining Tips! I recently built a mini nightstand for my 3-year-old daughter. It sits next to her toddler bed and I must admit: Something about mini things is just so cute! I love it! Next I’ll walk you through how I made this nightstand while sharing 5 amazing staining tips along…

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