BOTB 7.8.12

July 8, 2012

Hello all, it’s ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ weekend, yahoo!  Amanda and I team up every two weeks to bring you our favorite ideas we’ve spied around the blogosphere.  Wood seems to be the theme of the week, with several projects focused on stain.  Here are our picks for this round! 

I heard about the new “Classic Gray” at the Minwax booth at Haven so when Ana White  used it on this jewelry cabinet, I just fell in love with the possibilities.  Now you can recreate the popular graywash stain that’s all the rage in design, I can’t wait to use it too.  

weathered pine stain ana white

 

Are you contemplating hardwood floors in your home?  This primer on engineered hardwood floors from Apartment Therapy is full of helpful considerations. 

engineered hardwood floors primer apt therapy

 

Beckie shows us her step-by-step for restaining a wood deck at Infarrantly Creative.

staining a deck infarrantly creative

 

Kristi at Addicted2Decorating shows off her method for applying and staining wood veneer with a fantastic result.  

pretty wood veneer diy addicted2decorating

 

Six coats of gloss varnish gave Linda from Home is Where My Heart Is this amazing surface on her sanded and restained tabletop.

lindahomeiswheremyheartis deja vu table

 

A Walmart crib gets a few coats of red Chalk Paint courtesy of Leslie at Felt & Honey and now it is such a bright spot in this nursery!  

felt and honey baby crib with ascp

 

Two folding screens projects made a splash this past week, the painted indoor folding screen by Diane and In My Own Style, the outdoor privacy screen by Jen at Tatertots & Jello, both are a great way to repurpose old doors. 

folding screens indoors and out

 

Brass pulls definitely give a piece pizzazz but they can be costly when you buy them retail.  We’re loving this affordable DIY alternative for brass ring pulls created by Sarah M. Dorsey

diy brass ring pull sarahmdorsey

 

If your set of ubiquitous folding chairs is making you yawn, then make them happier by spreading the spray paint love around like Ms. Blooming Homestead did with her painted metal chairs.  

spray painted outdoor chairs

 

Got a project you’re proud of?  Submit it to us at [email protected]  for a potential feature!  Thanks Amanda as always for helping to round up some of these great links!  You can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  

Tomorrow is the great Chillin’ and Grillin’ Link Party – bring your recipes and/or tips for good times around the BBQ!   Tuesday is the Pinterest Challenge, and the mister and I have been making a lot of sawdust – can’t wait to share our project with you! 

Have a great Sunday. 

 

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15 Responses to “BOTB 7.8.12”

  1. Thanks so much for including my wood veneer project in this week’s BOTB, Kate and Amanda!! So many great ideas here. Can’t wait to try that gray stain, and those diy brass ring pulls are genius!

  2. Carmel says:

    Great features – that refinished table is amazing! And I love those brightly painted folding chairs!

  3. Shannon Fox says:

    Loving the door repurposes and the Fun folding chairs!! Great round up =)

  4. Jeanette says:

    I love Minwax Classic Gray stain. Used it on signs made for our local Humane Society Thrift Shop. I stained the wood first, then used creamy white to paint the wood. After a sanding of the edges for a distress look, I glued on the wording cut with the wonderful silhouette.

  5. Always great finds. And though I know the Apt Therapy find was about the floors, I about FELL. OUT. my chair at that gorgeous chevron/stone wall. Sweet Jesus.

    Bernadette

  6. Kate, Thank you for featuring my kitchen table! I’m honored to be among such talent! ~Linda

  7. vEl says:

    I always love this feature since you guys only put up really helpful posts! A big thanks to you andAmanda!

  8. Guerrina says:

    Aack! So excited to see the Minwax “Classic Gray” on something as I just bought it to do my pallet table! I’m going to love it! The pic of the sanded & restained tabletop is going to have my cousin & her farmhouse table loving each other after a bit of hard work!

  9. Great features! I can’t wait to try the new Minwax! And I love those colorful chairs!

  10. Shanda says:

    I have a black folding chair with a pleather seat that I thought about painting. Glad to see these!

  11. Wow! That table top is stunning!

  12. there are some great posts there but I would advise against the way they stained that deck, spraying and rolling are not recommended generally as they do not get the stain into the boards enough. It is always recommended to brush it. LOADS more work but better longer lasting results.

  13. Ann V. says:

    This is the BEST best of the blogosphere yet!! Want to pin and do each of these projects! (Except the hardwood floors…already got ‘em) Where to begin??

  14. Gwen says:

    I’m all up on those bright and sunny metal chairs! Love them!

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