Craft Space Ideas From houseandhome.com
If you are wondering what to do with an empty spare room, look around your house and see what is serving dual purposes. Is your kitchen counter overrun by bills and to-do lists? Does your laundry room look more like a crafty project disaster than a place to clean clothes? If so, you may have your answer — a home office or hobby room. If not, there are a lot of options of what to do with your spare bedroom.
If you love board games, family time or a friendly competition of ping-pong, make your game room a place everyone in the family can enjoy. Choose furnishings that double as seating, such as convertible storage benches, ottomans and stools. Line the room with open shelving to store and display activities. Pottery Barn has a wide selection of built-in and standalone shelves. Include a place to keep score — consider painting a wall or the back of a (Read More.....)
Eastlake, Rococo & Empire Pulls- House Of Antique Hardware
Most do-it-yourselfers know that adding new hardware to new or existing furniture or cabinetry is a great way to dress it up. These seemingly small touches make a huge impact on the overall appearance of a piece.
You can create the look you want. Hardware pieces are available in a variety of finishes, designs, and styles. You can walk into any local hardware store and find shiny chrome and brass knobs and handles as well as modern sleek knobs that have clean simple lines.
The only time there seems to be real problems finding the right hardware and accessories is if you want antique hardware. However, the Internet has made it easier to find what you are looking for; this article offers a list of the top five online resources for antique hardware. It’s a list you can refer to time and again.
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Plans To Build THIS Tool Cabinet- www.finewoodworking.com
What makes a great gift for a cabinetmaker? Chances are, the cabinetmaker you know already has a wide selection of woodworking tools and specialty tools for building cabinets. While a quality tool he may not have always makes a good gift, how do you know what to pick? These items make the must-have list for any cabinetmaker. Try to figure out what your friend already has, and buy a tool from the list below that complements his workshop.
This tool is a necessity to introduce those smooth, clean edges to cabinets, dressers and other projects. These tools also work well for squaring up wood prior to assembly, because the cabinet will be an absolute bear to assemble if your wood is not accurate in dimension. A small portable planer with a 10" width and a 5" depth should suffice for most jobs.
This isn't a commonly used tool in cabinetry, which means that your friend may not own one. A (Read More.....)
Gentinetta Family Cottage Library- Southern Living Magazine
Whether you just said goodbye to your oldest or your youngest, chances are a room opened up that you haven't had access to in a while. Sure he or she will come home from college to visit every once in awhile, but for the majority of the time the space will go unused— unless you revamp it. Take control and makeover the area into a room you'll have more use for:
Clear out hardly used items and make your spare room into a space you'll actually use. If you want a place for guests but they only visit once a year, invest in a small couch that converts into a bed. Then, depending on your hobby, pair it with a table, shelving units and cube organizers for materials. Ottomans that double as storage units make it possible for you to hide and have easy (Read More.....)
The right woodworking tools make any job easier, from constructing a bookcase to carving a wooden bowl by hand. As a beginning woodworker, it can be challenging to know what to buy because you are probably starting from scratch. Invest in these items to stock your workbench with the right tools for most woodworking projects:
These are versatile and vital tools for the workroom. A circular saw can make a clean cut in a block of wood at a clean right angle of your choice. Many also feature cutting guides that make your work easier and top guards to prevent accidents.
Basic handsaws allow you to make simple cuts to alter the size of your wood. Look for models that have a friction-resistant coating on the blade, which increases the saw's speed and cleanliness of cuts. As blades wear out over time, have them professionally sharpened or replace them with fresh blades. Invest in a variety of handsaws, from back saws or dovetails used to create dovetail joints to coping saws used to clean out the excess between pins and tails.
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P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative hardware firm in the United States, and the only metal foundry in New York City. The company was started in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin and is at the very location in Greenwich Village since 1892. Pierre Emmanuel Guerin was one of the pioneers in artistic metalwork in New York City. His work can still be found in various public buildings, and important residences throughout the city and the country.
“Our products can be found almost anywhere around the country,” says Martin Grubman, manager. “They’re in the White House, the Henry Ford Mansion - that’s now a part of the University of Michigan - and almost any museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, has our espangnolettes in the Louis XVI as well as our curtain hardware in the Early American wing. The Chicago Art Institute has our products, as well as the Louis XV room at the St. Louis Art Museum - it’s our hardware on the doors and windows.”
P.E. Guerin, Inc. has undergone a number of changes during the 150 years they have been in business. They have grown from a single location into a worldwide business that includes foundries in Valencia, Spain, and (Read More.....)
The Perfect Entry Way Cabinet For Kids- Better Homes And Gardens Magazine
Garage sales are a fabulous way to stretch home decorating dollars. Savvy do-it-yourselfers know how to use garage sale finds to create a unique look that makes their home feel fresh and new. Even vintage items can be updated and/or restored with innovative ideas. This approach to interior decorating is not only cost-effective, it is also fun.
1 - Stripping Things Down
One way to make old furniture feel new is to strip it down and add a new finish. This process is best completed with the use of a specially formatted stripping product. Since the chemicals in the products are very strong, using rubber gloves and a mask is recommended.
The stripper is painted on the furniture and left for a set amount of time. As the stripper works, the old furniture finish will begin to bubble up. When the time is up, a putty knife can be used to scrape away the mess. After the stripper is completely removed and the (Read More.....)
The type of hardware you select can play an important role in the overall look and design of your home. Depending on the decorating style you decide for your home, the color of finish can enhancing the decorating theme in your home. Popular finishes include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Shiny finishes such as polished brass and polished chrome have been especially popular in home decor and furniture hardware since the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Shiny brass, for example is a very popular choice with Regency and Federal styled furniture. Brass can be an elegant choice for mahogany, and burl woods. Brass hardware also stands out against painted furniture. Polished brass can be prone to tarnishing over time so this style will need additional maintenance. Polishing the hardware every couple years will keep this metal bright.
Lacquers can be applied to prevent tarnish as well as physical vapor deposition (PVD) can be applied to resist tarnish and corrosion. PVD is especially popular for kick plates and other outdoor hardware because it also provides higher resistance to scratching.
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