Shabbilicious Friday Link Party

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Welome to Shabbilicious Friday!



Stacy


Robin



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And this week's featured host:


Julie


Hi, and thank you for joining us for another week of shared inspiration.In case you missed my recent posts, I've gone a bit curtain crazy.  You can see my Repurposed Old Wooden Pickets Curtain Hangers here,


and my Wooden Board Hung Curtains here.


As always, picking this week's features was an absolute honour. Thank you all for linking up.

Now For This Week's Features:



Darriellw from DD's Cottage shared Transforming a Vintage Window into a Chalkboard Calendar/Planner. I love an old window and I love a chalkboard. Put them together ...


Tracie at Fishtail Cottage shared her beautiful Cottage Garden. I seriously have garden envy.


Camille at Gustave et Voltaire share her Spring Dresser. I love the idea of using apply paper and then distressing it. This dresser looks fabulous.


Daisy from Becoming Alice shared her Honey Walnut Ice Cream. Yummo!


Su from Butterfly Bungalow shared her gorgeous Sleeping Porch. I'd love to cuddle up here.





Thank you all for linking up! If you were featured this week, please grab a button!


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Each week, the features and some of our favorites will be shared on all five of our blogs and pinned to the Shabbilicious Friday Pinterest Board for even more exposure.

Some simple rules:
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties.
- Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page.
- Link back to any one of our blogs with a text link or party button (available in the sidebar)

By submitting a link, you're giving us permission to feature your project on our blogs and on social media. Proper credit and a link back to your post/profile will always be given.

Now it is your turn to show us what you've been up to this week. Remember, this is a party for all things shabbilicious, vintage, cottage, farmhouse... in a nutshell, anything that is perfectly imperfect.










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Give Your Furniture New Life with New Legs

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When I picked up this chair a couple of months ago, I also acquired a very beaten-up old Lane chest that I'm hoping to revive in the next few weeks. One idea I've been tossing around is to add new legs or feet to spruce it up a bit.

I've been really intrigued lately by how much a piece of furniture can be transformed just by adding new legs. It can make so much difference to the structure of a piece, and its functionality in your space.


Here's some inspiration for updating your furniture by adding new legs!



Sheila at Plum Doodles added French Country style to an bookcase with feet from an old coffee table.


Laura from Lessons from the Lake created new picnic table-style legs for an enamelware table top to use in her potting shed.


And can you guess what Kim at Exquistely Unremarkable used to create the legs on this farmhouse table turned kitchen island? It's an ingenious idea!


Cathy at All Things New Again wrapped some leftover table legs with jute-rope to infuse this upcycled pallet table with nautical style.


I truly let out a little gasp when I saw the base that Wanda at Just Vintage Home used to add height to this yard-sale iron cabinet. They are the perfect finishing touch!


And last, but certainly not least, Larissa at Prodigal Pieces expertly used hairpin legs to give new purpose to an antique railroad container. BONUS: She also used this style of legs in an amazing transformation of an Ikea dresser!



Adding legs is such an easy way to change up the look of your furniture, with a big impact! If you're looking for some of your own, here are some great places to start:


Or, get really creative and make your own!

Have you updated furniture by adding new legs? Which pieces in your home would look great with new legs? Leave a comment and let us know!




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Shabbilicious Friday Link Party

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Welcome to the Shabbilicious Friday Link Party!

Shabbilicious Link Party | at SnazzyLittleThings.com

Please welcome Jeanette, our host for this week!



Jeanette

Snazzy Little Things - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram - Twitter


Thank you to everyone for the most amazing and inspiring link-ups this week!

You all come through each week with such incredible projects, it's perfect for someone like me who has been out of the DIY and requires a serious dose of inspiration. Right now my husband and I are frantically working against our own (self-imposed) deadline for the #30DayFlip. In truth, mine is more like a #15DayFlip since I've been traveling, so wish me luck as we update our family room! Thank you for being here every week...I so look forward to your creations!

Now, let me introduce our co-other hosts!


Julie
Stacy

Robin



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Jamie from So Much Better With Age talks about decorating her dining room, and even provides a source list if you want to get the look yourself (and...I do!) Love the industrial touches throughout her room.

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Also linked up was this darling bucket with a tutorial on how to add a bit of French flair using an image transfer, see more at Parsimonious Decor Darling.

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Over at Villa Barnes, Rosemary always dazzles with some of the most beautifully shabby ideas. Here she shows us her newest creations, fleur-de-lis cutting boards.

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I love how Lindsay at My Creative Days put a twist of vintage in a Target-inspired knock off. And of course, yet another great way to repurpose an old window.

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I have total greenhouse envy! What I wouldn't do to have a gorgeous greenhouse like Heidi has at My Sweet Cottage. And she shows us how she created her own burlap shades.

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I love all the gorgeous details found in Caroline's room refresh, visit My Shabby Little Country Home to see more (and be sure to use Google translation if needed)!

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Thank you all for linking up! If you were featured this week, please grab a button!


Shabbilicious Friday featured blog




Now Let's Party!


Each week, the features and some of our favorites will be shared on all five of our blogs and pinned to the Shabbilicious Friday Pinterest Board for even more exposure.

Some simple rules:
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties.
- Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page.
- Link back to any one of our blogs with a text link or party button (available in the sidebar)

By submitting a link, you're giving us permission to feature your project on our blogs and on social media. Proper credit and a link back to your post/profile will always be given.

Now it is your turn to show us what you've been up to this week. Remember, this is a party for all things shabbilicious, vintage, cottage, farmhouse... in a nutshell, anything that is perfectly imperfect.




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Gel Stain: Essential Tips & Tricks {Working With Wood Series, Part One}

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Recently, I've been working on a few wood refinishing projects for a local client. It's a bit of a departure from painting, but I love the opportunity to flex my refinishing muscles a bit :)

I'll be sharing the big reveal of her pieces over the next couple of weeks, but first, I'm excited to kick off the Working With Wood series, where I'll be sharing some essential tips with all of you!

Today's topic: gel stain.


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Gel stain is a very popular option for reviving wood pieces. It's especially nice to work with because of its consistency and coverage. You may hear it called "java gel" or other names, but gel stains are made by several brands (including General Finishes and Minwax), and Java is only one of many, many of beautiful colors.

General Finishes Gel Stain Candelite tips tricks

For my project, I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Candelite, a lovely warm brown with a red undertone. Here's how I like to use it:

1. The Basics

Like with any stain, it's important to wear protective gear. Gloves and goggles can help to protect your skin and eyes. To avoid inhaling the fumes from the stain, wear a face mask and be sure to work in a very well ventilated area (preferably outdoors).

supplies for using gel stain

You'll also need:

  • a foam brush
  • shop towels or a staining pad
  • an artist's paintbrush

2. Prepare Your Piece

Since I was going from a darker color to a lighter gel stain, I chose to strip my piece completely. Should you decide to do this, be sure to thoroughly clean off all of the stripper before starting to stain - I used a mild detergent solution and scrubbed with #0000 steel wool.

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If you are going from a lighter piece to darker stain, you need not strip your piece! Just give it a good sanding with medium to fine grit sandpaper to roughen up the old finish and you're good to go! I used 120, followed by 320. Be sure to clean your piece well after sanding with paper towels / shop cloths.

3. Stir Well

It's really important to stir gel stain very thoroughly before applying, since the pigments tend to settle towards the bottom of the can, and the thicker consistency can make it harder to re-distribute them. You can also turn your can upside down for 15-20 minutes before opening, then give it a good stir.

general finishes gel stain candelite stir well

4. Apply the Stain 

Gel stain has about the same consistency of chocolate pudding, and goes on in a nice thick coat like paint. I like to "hold" a bit of stain on my stir stick and apply that to my piece, so that I can keep my can closed as much as possible.

Using a foam brush to apply the stain gives good control and helps you to apply in even coats. If your piece has a lot of small crevices, you can use an artist's paintbrush to get the stain there are well.

Divide your piece into "sections," and apply and wipe back the stain one section at a time. I like to work in sections of no more than about 2 sq. ft.

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5. Wipe Back the Excess

Here's one BIG difference between gel stain and regular stain: gel stain dries very quickly. After applying the stain to one section of my piece, I let it sit for 30 seconds maximum before wiping away the excess with a shop cloth / staining pad. If you allow the stain to sit for too long, it becomes tacky and you'll be left with lint or fibers in your stain after wiping. Trust me on this one ;)

If you do end up with small fibers in your stain, you can sand it away very lightly with 400 grit sandpaper once the stain is completely dry.

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6. Apply the Topcoat

My two favorite options for topcoat over stain are General Finishes High Performance Topcoat and Mixwax Wipe-On Poly.

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Since it's important to match the base of the topcoat to the base of the stain, both can work depending on your piece. Oil-based stain (like General Finishes Gel Stain) goes with an oil-based topcoat (like Wipe-On Poly or regular polyurethane), and vice versa.

I use a foam brush to apply High Performance Topcoat, and a lint-free cloth, like an old t-shirt or a shop towel, to apply wipe on poly. For both products, apply in thin coats, sanding in between coats with 400 grit sandpaper.



Check out the difference some gel stain can make! And check out the final reveal of the piece I redid - it's an awesome transformation!

general finishes gel stain candelite before after wood refinishing

That color really floats my boat, friends :)

UPDATE: Did you know you can use gel stain over laminate, too? Check out this post for tips!


how to use gel stain general finishes beginners wood refinishing



{ Also in the Working With Wood Series }

Part Two: How to Repair Veneer When You DON'T Want to Paint It



how to patch repair veneer unpainted wood furniture




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"Let The Earth Rejoice" Printable {Earth Day}

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With Earth Day coming up this week, I'm feeling inspired to be even more environmentally-conscious than usual. It's always made me a bit sad that it isn't easier to recycle here in the Midwest, since in Toronto, every family has a "Blue Box" for recyclables that's picked up with the regular garbage collection. It's so much more work to get it done here, but still totally worth it :)


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Shabbilicious Friday Link Party

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Welcome to Shabbilicious Friday!


I'm so pleased to be hosting this week! I'm Stacy and I blog at Anastasia Vintage, where I share furniture makeovers, crafts, and free printables - all reflecting my love for making old things new again!



With the warmer weather arriving here in Ohio, my husband and I have been busy busy busy - here's just a bit of what we've been up to lately:
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