How To Create A Vintage Industrial Look On Furniture…using Chalk Paint & Black Wax

using black waxI love it when the launch of a new product provides the perfect excuse to tackle a well over-due project.
Such was the case with the release of Black Wax by Annie Sloan.
Teamed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Antibes Green” it seemed like the perfect way to jazz-up some blah file drawers I bought years ago.
Used right, Black Wax produces a very authentic-looking vintage patina, which nods to industrial and has lots of grungy character. I know it’s not for everyone, though it was exactly the look I envisioned when I first spied these boring naked drawers. And achieving it was even easier than I thought!

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Our Aquaponic Journey: Part Four – Choosing Media for Grow Beds and Other Product Selections

grow bedsThe system I built is from the Endless Food Systems DIY plans. I used untreated pine for all my grow beds, and treated pine for the sump tanks that will sit on the ground, as well as the leg supports. To line the beds, I did a lot of research, and settled on DuraSkrim pond liner. It’s what aquaponics farmers use to get organic certification. I was overly concerned with using plastics and how the leaching could impact the quality of the plants. It’s really hard to get away from plastic, since galvanized metal is poisonous to fish. Unless you have the time to let algae coat all the surfaces, the zinc will be toxic. I emailed a friend of mine in the plastics industry, who happens to have a lot of the same concerns I do, and she recommended I go with the DuraSkrim. I ordered a roll online, but realized later that my local aquaponics store (Brite Ideas in Austin) carries it as well. I could have saved so much on shipping!

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Updating Outdoor Eyesores – Just A Few Days Too Late

backdoorDo you guys ever get those irrational worries about how your house looks right before hosting a party? Leading up to Clara’s birthday on Saturday I was thinking random stuff like “I really should touch up some of the caulk in the sunroom before everyone comes over” like anyone would notice. And Sherry said “the patio table could use a fresh coat of paint” was running through her head when we were using a tablecloth anyway. But one thing that never crossed our minds was: “The back door is in pretty rough shape. Maybe we should do something about it before IT BECOMES THE PLACE WHERE KIDS PLAY WITH BUBBLES FOR HOURS.” Oh well.

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Grass is So 2012

grassWith the baby shower hosting gig just two days away, I had to be honest with myself about something I’ve been in denial about for quite some time. Our decorative grass plants that once gently graced our front flower bed weren’t still in a winter slumber. No, they hadn’t decided to morph from a lovely purple and green hue to that of autumnal straw. Sadly, they’re dead, and they’re not coming back to life.

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Webbing and Burlap: Restoring the Seat of Wendy’s Great-Grandfather’s Chair

restoring chairAfter we completing the lengthy preparations to get Wendy’s great-grandfather’s chair to the point of finishing, then completed the tenuous finishing process using aniline dyes, these guys figured the hard part was fully behind them. All that was left was to affix the support webbing for the seat as well as the burlap covering. Easy enough, right?

Check out how they restored an old seat to a great looking piece you definitely want in your home! Read more here