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Antiquing a Chair

Steps:9
Materials
  • For antiquing a chair: Primer
  • Kraft paper
  • Tape
  • Sanding sponge
  • Natural-bristle brush
  • 2 colors of paint
  • Nylon-polyester brush
  • Steel wool
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Paper towel or polishing cloth
  • Tinted Wax (instructions follow)
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • For the tinted wax:Butcher's wax
  • Small container
  • Artist's oil paint
  • Rotten Stone
  • Mineral spirits
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Oilcloth Tables

Steps:5
Other Ideas:
Materials, Crafting and DIY
Waterproof paint and water-resistant fabrics leave a sophisticated stamp on inexpensive pieces that can live outdoors.
Materials
  • Coated-cotton or vinyl fabric (about 1 yard)
  • Small Parsons table (we used the Lack side table, unassembled, by Ikea)
  • Heavy-duty spray adhesive (we used Super 77)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • T-50 staples
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Trimming a Side Chair

Steps:4
Try re-covering a side chair with taffeta fabric, and use a trim called gimp to edge the frame of the chair (and conceal the staples). Gimp is an ornamental flat braid or round cord used for trimming that you can find at fabric stores. Even if you don't re-cover the chair yourself, you can easily add an elegant finish with some decorative trim.
Materials
  • Kraft paper
  • Muslin
  • Scissors
  • Gimp
  • Hot-glue gun or vinyl adhesive
  • Fray check
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Card Table How-To

Steps:7
Materials
  • Damp cloth
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Medium-gray paint and a slightly lighter gray paint
  • Steel wool
  • Rag
  • Plastic container
  • 2 tablespoons wax
  • 1 teaspoon artist's oil paint in raw-umber
  • 1/2 teaspoon artist's oil paint in paynes gray
  • 1 tablespoon rottenstone
  • 4 ounces mineral spirits
  • Paintbrush
  • Light-green paint
  • Natural bristle brush
  • 4 ounces each of moss-green alkyd paint, alkyd glaze, and mineral spirits
  • Horsehair brush
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Dip-Dyed Throw Rug

Steps:2
In this bedroom, dip-dyeing gives a fabric lampshade and a rug a soft, serene look.
Materials
  • Signe cotton rug, ikea.com
  • Large plastic storage bin or galvanized-steel bin
  • Stir stick
  • All-purpose liquid or powder dye
  • Sample fabric or paper towel
  • Sewing pins
  • Synthrapol detergent (optional)
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Play Tables for Kids

Steps:7
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