Select the Right Finish for Your Wooden Furniture Restoration Project

Remember a few months ago when I refinished a piece of furniture for our Master Bedroom?

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If you’re wondering what the hold-up is on revealing the finished Master,  it’s that I’ve found 2 more pieces that I want to refinish and add to the room! HA! A glutton for punishment I must be! And I’m learning more and more about how it works as I go along.

Transforming old pieces of furniture into shabby-chic masterpieces is a popular hobby for many people. It’s really easy to pick up an old table or chest of drawers for next to nothing. Often the piece will already be painted, but whatever the current finish is, with a little bit of effort on your part, you can give it a new lease of life and make it beautiful again. So what are the best finishes for wood?

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Which Remodeling Projects Are Worth Their Cost?

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We’re coming down to the end of the year, and in the midst of all the holiday planning and celebrating, something else that happens around this time of the year at our house is BUDGETING. Big time! Because in January, we suddenly feel a lot richer around here…due to our tax return and bonuses that both my hubby and I receive at our jobs! (And I say “richer” in jest…because some of you, I’m sure, would laugh at what we term that as!) Either way, it’s more money than we normally have, and, lest we be irresponsible, we start this time of year making a plan and a budget for those funds. 

Normally somewhere on the budget is a large home improvement project. Last year it was having the house painted. The year before that, it was having the back yard fenced in. We haven’t decided on what this year’s project will be as of yet. I would LOVE for it to be some new wood flooring! But I have a feeling it’s going to end up being a new air conditioning unit…which, living in Florida, I am also okay with! HA!

However, during all of our home improvement discussions, we are always trying to figure out: which projects add to the value of our home? And which projects are even worth doing?!

So when Thomas contacted me to see if I was interested in an infographic on remodeling projects that increase the value of a home, boy, was that some perfect timing! Great info in this one! Here’s what Thomas had to say…

Did you know that replacing vinyl siding on your home will on average cost you $12,013 while increasing the resale value of your home by $9,694? As a home owner, you may be interested in knowing approximately how much a specific remodeling project will cost and what you can expect to recoup once you sell your house again. If you know you’re more likely to get the money back you spent on a remodel, you’ll probably also be more likely to want to undertake the project.

To give you a better understanding of which kinds of remodeling will be worth the money, Contractor Quotes has made the infographic 14 Remodel Projects That Increase Home Value. By studying it, you’ll see that replacing a garage door will increase the value of your home by almost as much as the cost of the project, while you’ll see that you may not recoup as high a percentage of your costs by making additions to your home. On top of that, the infographic also goes through the most important things to be aware of with the different projects. This infographic will hopefully help you make up your mind next time you’re considering upgrading your home.

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On Painting a Console Table

One of my favorite things to look at on Pinterest (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) or Hometalk (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) is PAINTED FURNITURE. Actually, I even have an entire board on Hometalk devoted to refinished furniture! And when I come across a blog featuring some painted furniture, I always stop and look at that, too. I’m not sure why the fascination, but I give in every time!

So finally, I decided to paint something myself. I was a bit nervous, because I had heard that it was a bit of work, and if you didn’t get it just so, it would be ruined. 

What did I paint, you ask?

Do you remember our Master Bedroom Tour from July? (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT IF YOU MISSED IT!) Well, there was a console table involved…

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Yeah, that one! A friend of my mother-in-law was going to throw it out, right around the time we were moving from our apartment into our house, so my mother-in-law brought it with her on moving day, in case we had somewhere we could use it.

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Overall, it’s a pretty table! Sturdy and a good size and I like the little details, too!

But, as you can see, it just didn’t match…ANYTHING.

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Summer Improvements for Your Whole House!

Well, it’s officially Summer, y’all! If anyone is qualified to tell you that, I most certainly am. The high today here in Central Florida is slated to be 93 degrees, with a feels-like temp of 99! WOW! (Oh, and a 60% chance of strong storms…welcome to SUMMER!)

Even though it’s getting hot out there, we can’t talk our house into not needing anything done to it. (I just hope we can talk our air conditioner into not needing anything done to IT.) There are still improvements that need to be made, and maintenance that needs to continue.

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So when Stephanie from Monkey Bar Storage contacted me to see if I’d like to share their summer guide (Summer Improvements for Your Whole Home!) with all of you, I headed over to check out the link, and woah baby! With a clean and simple magazine-quality layout, this guide touches on…

17 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do
3 Simple Bathroom Storage Ideas for Summer
Boys Closet Organization Project

…and lots more!

You definitely want to check it out!

 

Tell me: what’s on the docket for YOUR house this summer? Did this guide spark any ideas for you?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Summer Floral Craft Projects – A Guest Post!

When I was younger, “florist” was one of the things I wanted to be “when I grew up”. I always thought it would be so much fun to work in a shop full of all sorts of gorgeous blooms, and put them together beautifully and in a way that would make lots of people happy! I still mess around with it a little bit here and there, but in the end, I don’t think I have “the gift” to be a florist. Albeit, I’m still very interested in floral arranging.

So when Lauren Fuller contacted me to see if I wanted to share some of her fantastic summer floral craft projects, all the happy flower feelings came to light once more! She’s got some great ideas! Check this out…

Summer weather has arrived and it’s time to brighten up your house with new designs and decorations to make it feel more summery in your space. Making your own summery floral projects is a great way to decorate your home in a cost effective way. You get the fun of first decorating your home with living flowers, and then you can reuse them for summer craft projects to make them last even longer, extending the money you spent on them in the first place.

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Arranging Live Flowers

Before you use your flowers for crafting, make sure to keep them alive and flourishing for as long as you can. You can buy flowers individually at the store and arrange them yourself into nice bouquets or you can go online and order bunches of flowers in less expensive arrangements like these roses from ProFlowers.

Keep flowers flourishing for longer by removing any lower sitting leaves as these will quickly die and can leave bacteria in the water, causing the flowers to die quickly. Make sure to cut the stems at a sharp upwards angle to extend their life and stir into the water any plant food that came with your purchase. If you run out of flower food, you can supplement with sugar.

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