DIY Projects & Decor

Renewing Your Garage Steps

garage paint

Painting garage steps would not normally be on my radar of things to do. But but my friend, Janet, sent me before and after pictures of her newly painted garage steps and they look awesome!  She kindly offered to let me use her paint to do my steps, so I decided to give a go.  Free is good, right??

This product is called Rescue It!” by Olympic.  It’s a wood and concrete resurfacer that seals weathered or damaged wood.  Janet bought this paint at Lowes, where she was told people rave about the stuff.  It really did a fantastic job!  It sealed the wood on my stairs and hand rail.  Now my garage has pretty steps.  Who knew I even cared!  Ha!!

renewing garage steps

I brushed off the steps to get rid of dirt and cobwebs. I did not give them a big scrubbing. (Mostly ‘cuz I’m lazy.)

renewing garage steps

Next I taped off the back of the steps (the vertical wood) and painted the steps with Rescue It!. I also painted the railing.  My Dad will be happy to see this! No more splinters. ;)

garage steps

After two coats of Rescue It dried, I taped off the brown edges to paint the vertical wood a Glossy White. And that’s it! It may not be completely dry until Christmas ‘cuz of all the rain we’ve been getting these days, but they look good! :D

renewing your garage steps

janet stairs before and after

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DIY Framed Mirror

Framed MirrorA lot of people take down their “builder grade” bathroom mirror and replace them with a store-bought framed mirror or simply add a frame to the existing mirror.  I did.  Every last one of them has been changed in some way.  And the mirrors I took down found a home in the back of my closet.  ‘Cuz one never knows when you might wish you had a mirror. ;)

What I wanted to make was a big floor mirror.  You know, the kind that leans against the wall. Sadly, all the mirrors I had saved were not tall enough.  On to plan B… a mirror for my entryway table.

I had all the materials on hand, except for two pieces of moulding I wanted to stain.  I picked those up at Lowes for around $10.00.  Even though, at some point, I did purchase all the wood and supplies I used for this project, since I can’t remember when, or for how much, it’s automatically “free”!  (That’s how it works in my head, anyway.)  So in other words, this is a $10.00 project!!

Framed Mirror

I had the plywood cut to the size I wanted.  It’s about 2 inches bigger than the mirror on all sides.  After applying mirror adhesive to the plywood board, I placed the mirror down and added weights to help secure it.  My “weights” for this project were books, magazines and baskets of laundry in need of folding.  You use what ya got. (And what you got a lot of! :D)


Next, the trim was added.  My cuts did not turn out perfect, but wood putty saved the day.


More moulding!  This time my miter cuts were much better!

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I used wood glue as well as my nail gun to attach the wood together.  I LOVE that nail gun!  After wood putty and sanding, I taped off the glass before painting the frame an off-white.

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Used two coats of paint, sanding after each coat.

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I distressed the edges and corners of the frame with sandpaper.  Then, using leftover dark brown paint, I dry brushed a very little bit of paint on the high spots of the frame to make it look old and weathered.

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A slightly wet paper towel worked perfect for wiping off any spots that had too much paint.

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The last trim piece I added was to the inside frame.  For contrast, I stained the trim a dark walnut.  Be sure to stain both sides of the moulding before attaching.  The mirror will reflect the back side of the trim, so you will want it cohesive.  Once the stain was dry, I attached the moulding to the mirror with clear silicon adhesive.

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A close up look at the painted frame.

Framed Mirror

It’s finished!  Now I’m thinkin’ the table needs to be repainted.  Same color as the mirror??? :D  My work here is never done. ;)

Framed Mirror

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Recovering an Armchair

 Recovering an Armchair (reblog)

Woohoo!  Finally finished one of the projects on my  “almost done” list!

This is the armchair I bought at the antique show a couple of weeks ago.  It was in good shape, but it needed a paint redo to freshen it up and it definitely new fabric.

Chair before
New fabric

It took me five fabric stores before I found the perfect fabric.  It’s hard to shop for something you can only see in your head!  ha!

Cream chalk paint

I bought a quart of Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I have been hearing and reading about it a lot lately.  It’s suppose to cover furniture without prep work.  That’s all I needed to hear!

Distressed paint

After two coats of paint (and it dries really fast!)  I sanded the edges a bit for a distressed finish.  I’m a novice at this, so I’m just winging it here.  The paint calls for a wax finish.  I wanted to buy clear wax but after searching the world over (a little exaggeration), I settled for a light “natural” wax.  It worked, but I would have preferred clear.  I looked up instructions for using Annie Sloan chalk paint and chuckled at the very easy and straight to the point directions…

The steps in brief
“Paint, paint, wax, wipe. Sand then wax then wipe (dark wax at this point with the clear wax).  Finally polish the piece the next day for a mellow sheen.”  How’s that for simple???  Ha!

covering old fabrics

Before I started recovering the chair, I had to take off the double weld trim.  (Not shown, it’s in the garbage.)  It was done in the same material as the rest of the chair.  I didn’t take the original fabric off the chair before recovering because it’s attached with a million staples.  After pulling off the trim, I had enough of pliers!  I used the original fabric as a guide for doing the corners and rounded edges.

Getting there!

I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the chair.  Some places I used a little hot glue when I ran out of hands to hold everything.

Double cording

Here is how the double weld cording looks on the chair.  I looked at quite a few fabric stores for ready-made trim to use around the edges.  It never occurred to me to put double weld cording back on the chair.  I didn’t know how and it looked complicated.  NOT SO!  Oh my gosh!  It was so easy and soooo cheap to do.  I had left over fabric and spend $10.00 on the cord.  Ready made trim would have cost me around $30.00.  I went to google for directions and this is the blog I used for directions… Centsational Girl.

Gluing trim

The back of the chair just had fabric on it.  It was pushed up into the frame of the chair.  I folded over the edge of the fabric and glued it on.  I used  a spatula to stuff it in the frame.  Spatulas aren’t just for cooking, ya know!

blue chair before and after

Ta Da!  It’s finished.  Not too bad for a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl!


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