Three ways to prepare low quality wood before using stain

Can you stain imperfect wood? Yes, you can. Sometimes wood has issues like marks or cracks on it. And the only solution is to paint it. Or far worse, throw it away. Stained wood is often beautiful. But if you stain wood with imperfections without a few key steps to help, then it won’t look…

A new lease of life for a boring bookshelf

This boring bookshelf decoupage makeover gets a new lease of life with nature-inspired wallpaper transformation. Plain wooden bookshelves are beautiful, when the condition is perfect. But once there’s wear and tear, a splash of paint can go a long way. If this bookshelf looks familiar, it is almost identical to a similar navy makeover I…

Upcycling a small table for the second time

The initial makeover was teal and gold and the redo is dark and moody. Which do you prefer? I believe that there is the right buyer for any piece. Any quality, any price or any style, eventually someone will buy it. You just have to have enough patience and let enough people know about it.…

Transforming a free bookshelf with a navy blue makeover

This free bookshelf makeover, transforms it from shabby chic (or just shabby) to classic and clean. I got this solid pine bookshelf for free. Bargain. Although sometimes a piece that has already been painted is more effort than its worth. Not this time, fortunately. I suspect the previous owner thought this was a shabby chic…