Simple Cork Photo Wreath

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Happy Labor Day Weekend all!  We’re spending it with my folks hanging out by their swimming pool, doing a lot of relaxing in the sun.  BOTB will return next weekend, meanwhile I’m popping in to say hello and link up with Nester’s wreath party tonight.  

Like all grandmoms, my mom loves pics of her grandkids, so I crafted a simple photo wreath with a cork base for her to to hang above her desk.  


I saw a photo wreath online somewhere many months ago and absolutely loved the idea. This version has a cork back to make it easy for Mom to change out the images as the grandkids grow and change.  This is crazy easy to make, here are the simple steps:


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How to Restain A Wood Table Top

Monday, August 29th, 2011

I’ve mentioned before, we have a little guest studio above our garage that we’ve rented out in the past, but mostly use for guests, especially this time of year.  A few months ago I refinished the kitchen cabinets, and last weekend I thought it time to refinish the old Pottery Barn pedestal table that sits in that space.  It used to be our breakfast table, and over the course of ten years it has had its share of damage done to it.   

I’ve got to give PB credit, they make a a high quality solid wood table, but over the years it had suffered the typical wear and tear that comes with daily living.  Scratches, dents, paint residue, kid crud, you name it, that table had it.  After all the damage, I decided the time had come to refinish the surface. 

So often, when there’s damage to wood, the first inclination is simply to paint it and I confess I do that all the time.  For this table, I thought it would be better to take the time to restore the beauty of the cherry wood and I’m so glad I did.  With all the light and bright in this studio, I loved the idea of a classic wood pedestal table grounding the space.  Besides, let’s face it.  Dark wood pedestal table?  Totally timeless. 

centsational girl restained pedestal table


Here’s a glimpse of some of the damage before . . .

table before


. . . and today !

table after restained


Here’s the skinny on how I restored the surface of this pedestal table in a weekend:

restained table top how to




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