Transforming A Vintage Wicker Chair Using Rust-Oleum Spray Furniture Paint 

Posted by Graham Smith, on April 23, 2024. Tags: , ,

I have started the task of emptying my mum’s house, as she recently passed away. There is nothing of much value in the house as my mum never collected or hoarded anything. However, I did find some interesting items. Although they have little value in monetary terms, they would now be considered vintage items.  After […]

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Painting A Wood-Stained Banister Rail Using Rustoleum Furniture Paint

Posted by Graham Smith, on November 20, 2023. Tags: , , ,

There is no doubt that over the years, trends and fashions come and go. This is never more noticeable than in home decoration. Back in the 1950/60s, all wood in a home was stained with wood stain. Invariably, the colours chosen for this wood stain were quite dark, such as mahogany, teak or an oak […]

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How to turn a pair of stools into a handy bench

Posted by Graham Smith, on April 14, 2023. Tags: , , , , , , ,

cans make a bench diy

Creating a bench for your hallway or porch provides a handy space for your family and friends to sit while taking off their shoes. You can customise it with your choice of colours and can build it to a comfortable height for either adults or children.   With just a couple of tatty old kitchen stools […]

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How to make a chalkboard

Posted by Graham Smith, on November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , ,

chalkboard DIY

Nigel Higgins – DIY Daddy If you have a family, you will know that children have busy school and social lives. In our family home I’ve found that the answer to keeping tabs on multiple schedules is to use a chalkboard.   Intro – what you need to make a chalkboard A chalkboard also serves as […]

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How to paint a Shepherd’s Hut – part 2 

Posted by Graham Smith, on November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , , , ,

paint lick rustoleum shepherd's hut

Intro For my Shepherds Hut painting project, it is fair to say I didn’t pick up a paint brush myself; this time I let the experts work their magic. Did you notice Belle’s curved ceiling? My shoulders and lower back are not quite what they once were. I did work my magic however with a […]

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How to paint a Shepherd’s Hut – part 1

Posted by Graham Smith, on November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , , , ,

painting shepherd's hut

Intro “A woman must have the money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own. Never a truer word and for this blog we will concentrate on that room and how to make it the perfect writer’s retreat. For me that is a […]

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How to create a plant stand from an empty paint can

Posted by Graham Smith, on June 8, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , ,

How to create a plant stand from an empty paint can

By Sam of Dove Cottage Blog  Looking to re-use some of your empty paint cans rather than chuck them out? Here’s a really simple DIY to transform the leftover items into budget-friendly decor for your home. Using just an old paint can, some chalk paint, wooden dowels and wood stain you can create your own […]

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How to turn old paint tester pots into plant pots  

Posted by Graham Smith, on June 8, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , ,

plant pots cool diy

By Sam, Dove Cottage Blog  Not sure what to do with empty tester pots after you’ve used them up? Instead of throwing them out, why not get creative and turn them into some pretty mini plant pots? This is such a simple DIY that anyone can have a go at – and the best part […]

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Upcycling – how to give a side table a new lease of life

Posted by Graham Smith, on June 8, 2022. Tags: , , , , , ,

how to upcycle rustoleum

By Sam of Dove Cottage Looking to update a piece of furniture, but don’t want to buy something new? Why not give your existing furniture a new lease of life through upcycling? I’ve been a huge fan of upcycling for a few years now, and it’s my favourite way to update something on a tight […]

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