home improvement. Dave and I watch HGTV incessantly. I've read every issue of Old House Journal
and have tackled more things than you can imagine when it comes to home restoration. Libby in Tidewater Inn
restores old houses so I have to admit there's quite a bit of me in Libby. We stripped off about 15 layers of paint and wallpaper in all the bedrooms. and in our bedroom alone, we hauled out 15 of the largest garbage bags full of paint and wallpaper chips. It was a huge project. But I just loved it! Weird, I know. I'm eying the wallpaper in our living room now and thinking of pulling it down and painting this time.
But I thought it would be fun to pass along your favorite tips for home improvement. I love the old finishes: shellac and linseed oil in particular. They have so much more character than plain old polyurethane. My favorite is shellac and it's got a warm color that just love. But shellac can get spotted when it comes in contact with water, and it can bubble up with age or get scratched. But there is a super easy way to fix this without having to do a full strip job. Denatured alcohol is a miracle worker! Get the finest steel wool and put some denatured alcohol on it. Then just rub it on the board. The bubbles will vanish and smooth all out, and you can give the piece a fresh coat of shellac if necessary, though it usually looks perfectly fine after going over it with the steel wool and alcohol. Give it a try!
Now it's your turn. Post your favorite tip and I'll enter you in a drawing for a copy of Tidewater Inn
. I'll give away 3 copies. It can be a tip about anything: picking paint color, painting, stripping wallpaper, yard work, anything you like.
Ready, set, go
Labels: home improvement, shellac restoration