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3 02, 2020

What’s the Best Paint for a Beehive?

2020-06-10T10:22:33-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Tips & Techniques|

Bees are nature's little wonders, buzzing about from flower to flower and transforming the nectar into sweet, delicious honey. Beneficial to humans, these flying insects help pollinate gardens and can even boost yields from certain crops without competing for agricultural resources on larger farms. Aside from their general usefulness, beekeeping can be a fun hobby [...]

13 12, 2019

Painting Pine Cone Christmas Trees

2019-12-13T14:47:13-06:00December 13th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

Creating pine cone Christmas trees is a fun, easy way to celebrate the holiday season with your family. This kid-friendly craft requires minimal prep time, and if you live in an area with coniferous trees, you may not need to spend much money on supplies. From start to finish, here are some practical tips to [...]

15 11, 2019

Removing Mineral Oil

2020-05-01T09:36:32-05:00November 15th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

When you want to add some extra warmth and natural color to your kitchen, few ways work better than adding butcher block counters. These sturdy countertops have forgiving surfaces that, when properly coated with sealants or oils, resist liquids and most stains. While many people use mineral oil to treat their butcher blocks due to [...]

9 11, 2019

Faux Painting: A Beginner’s Guide

2020-06-30T09:06:35-05:00November 9th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

Faux painting may seem like a modern decorating trend, but it actually dates back to the ancient Egyptian days, when stucco and plaster finishes first became popular. These faux finishes were used to change the appearance of tombs and cave walls. Nowadays, homeowners often favor other types of faux finishes, such as color washing, crackling [...]

15 10, 2019

Real Milk Paint, Hemp Oil: The Easy Trick to Making Your Pallet Wall Look Better Than Ever

2019-10-15T16:43:27-05:00October 15th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

DIY pallet projects dominate social media due to their simplicity, but creating an attractive pallet wall requires more than tools, nails and wood. Some crafters paint their pallet wood so it matches or accents their decor, but others prefer to enhance the wood's natural hue with oil. Hemp oil is a solid choice for projects [...]

8 10, 2019

Real Milk Paint, Concrete Countertops: How to Seal, Protect and Maintain Them

2019-11-08T14:22:59-06:00October 8th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

Many homeowners choose concrete countertops for their durability, but the truth is that no material is indestructible. An untreated working surface will crack over time, especially if you don't seal them. They can also develop stains, scratches, dings and dents. While a sealing product may not prevent all of these issues, it can help minimize [...]

26 06, 2019

How to Pickle Wood With Milk Paint

2019-07-01T08:42:26-05:00June 26th, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

If someone suggests an afternoon of pickling, those unfamiliar with DIY terminology might reasonably assume they should gather up a bushel of cucumbers and some vinegar and get to work. While that sounds tasty, in the crafting and woodworking worlds, pickling is something entirely different. What Is Pickling? Pickling is very close to whitewashing and [...]

21 06, 2019

Easy-to-Make DIY Chalkboard

2019-06-26T14:37:29-05:00June 21st, 2019|Tips & Techniques|

Chalkboard crafts are seemingly everywhere these days, and there’s a good reason why: They’re fun! Adding an interactive element to your home is a great way to entertain the kids, but it’s also functional. Whether you’re looking to repurpose an old cutting board into a practice slate for your little one who’s just learning her [...]