How to Mix Oil Based Gel Stain Colors Using Layers

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Oil-based gel stains are great for achieving beautiful hand-rubbed finishes, and their thickness keeps them from dripping, running, or spilling. They might come in a bunch of beautiful colors, but what if you’re still feeling limited? All you have to do is choose any two colors you want, then layer them to create your own custom look! Here’s how to finish a piece of furniture by layering different colors of General Finishes gel stains.

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How to Distress General Finishes Milk Paints

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A standard application of milk paint looks great, but what if you want to get more creative? In this post, I’m going to cover two types of distressing you can use to achieve creative, interesting results with your General Finishes (GF) Milk paints (for more info on how to apply GF milk paints and how they differ from traditional milk paints, check out my previous post).

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Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

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The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.

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Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

Nothing is better than snuggling up to a warm fire on a cold night. A fireplace is many things: It can be a heat source, a source of romance, a place to bond with family, and a place to chat with friends. But if you cringe every time you look at that roaring fire there’s a problem. What a fireplace should never be is outdated.

Don’t let your fireplace hold you back. And now is the perfect time of year to work on it. The weather is sunny and warm, so you won’t be missing it while you’re doing the updates.

If you’re looking for a way to update a fireplace we have some awesome ideas! A fireplace is usually the focal point of a room. And if it’s drawing people’s attention you’ll want to make sure it’s looking the best that it can. There are many different ways of creating a new look around a fireplace. Whether you want to replace your mantle entirely or update what you already have we have what you need.

If you want to make a complete change check out our fireplace mantles. A beautiful new mantle can give any room that sophisticated look you crave. Here are our top mantle picks:


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Adding Wood Appliqués to Your RTA Cabinets

If you're in the market to update your ready to assemble kitchen cabinets, adding wood appliques is a great way to add subtle accents and enhance the look of the whole room. There are certain factors to consider when choosing appliqués for your RTA cabinets, including size, price, and styling. Appliques can be made to look like they were always a part of your wood furniture with some simple, skillful painting and staining.

Sizing and Deciding on the Right Piece

The first step to deciding what appliqué to choose for your RTA cabinets is to decide on placement and number of appliqués to add. Often many home owners choose a longer and more narrow design to apply in the space below cabinet doors that offers a simple, classic accent piece. In general, refreshing kitchen cabinets is a great way to add resale value to your home and improve the look to potential buyers. Adding wood appliqués and a little antique style can also put a more attractive spin on your home for your own guests or to prospective buyers.

Ways to Add Appliqués to Your Cabinets

If you're planning to stain or otherwise alter your cabinets, adding an appliqué to that process is extremely easy, and yet the benefits are huge. Intricate designs added to your cabinet doors or around your ready to assemble cabinets adds antique character no matter the real age of your cabinets. Using an antique glaze instantly changes the look of your appliqué and cabinets. Adding a layer or paint or glaze over the whole cabinet once you've secured the wood piece seamlessly seals the look. Appliqués are typically easy to install, only requiring wood glue or a micro pinner gun, depending on your preference. Most people would choose wood or hot glue to attach the appliqués. However if you're choosing a heavy wood piece or just want to ensure a more solid hold, micro pinners are great for making small holes with pins that will be hardly noticeable.

An Abundance of Appliqué Choices

Appliqués big and small can create a nice accent for your cabinets. No matter what your budget allows, you'll be able to find an appliqué design that fits your style. There are wood appliqués available from $10 to $150, so the options are truly endless. The lower price point offers smaller appliqués and simpler styles. They get more intricate and larger as the price point increases. Whether you're looking for a floral wreath pattern, a small piece for a cabinet corner, or a long intricate ribbon wood pattern to accent your whole cabinet set, there are plenty of wood finishes and styles to choose from.

Update Your Home With Wood Carvings

Whether your style is simple or eccentric, an easy way to update the look of your home is with wood carvings. Wood carvings can be used to accent your existing furniture or update the look of your room entirely. They are an affordable and easy way to give your home a finishing touch without a complete remodel. Whether you're using these wood carvings for aesthetic purposes or for their function, they will instantly update the look of your home. Here are a variety of different types of wood carvings and what they are commonly used for.

wood star applique

Appliques and medallions This type of wood carving is typically used for decorative purposes, especially on plain furniture, cabinets, mantles and more. They are intricately carved with lots of detail, making them an instant conversation piece in your home. They can be glued or nailed to furniture as you please for an architectural detail. Popular examples of wood appliques are rosettes, grape onlays, circular medallions and traditional scroll designs.

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Feet– Wooden feet are used to update the look of the bottom of your table, chairs or sofas. They are available in a variety of wood types and details to match with your existing furniture. This area is often overlooked by many homeowners, but appreciated by those with fine taste. Wooden feet can also help to make your furniture more stable.

wood pilaster

Columns and pilasters– Wooden columns or pilasters can be placed on ornamental trim or other flat surfaces to your liking. These wooden columns are a great way to bring the rich history of architecture into your own home. You can use larger pilasters or columns to separate rooms and walls for a more open feel, as they generally guide the eye upward to make the room appear more spacious.

wood corbel

Corbels and supports– Wooden corbels and supports blend function and beauty together in your home. Shelves and other structures are supported with these wooden carvings, which also can be used solely as a decorative accent.

wooden baseboard

Baseboards, mouldings and rails– These wooden items can be used to cover up uneven edges, cover the joint between the wall surface and the floor and protect your walls from abrasion and furniture. They also add a decorative touch to your room, which is an added bonus.

wood island leg

Island legs and turnings– Wooden island legs and turnings can be used on tables, and are often used in the kitchen. They are available in a variety of heights to match with the measurements of your table or island. These legs help support the table and also add style to your room.

wooden valence

Valances– Place a wooden valance above your window or door to add dimension to the room. Decorative grooves, patterns and arches on valances are an attractive way to spruce up your windows.

wooden opening

Openings– French Rinceau openings are a lovely piece of architecture that instantly warms your home. This elegant wooden structure often features intricate and elegant details such as an ornamental or floral motif.

wood pediment

Pediments– Wooden pediments are a simple way to transform the look of your doors and windows. Although they are pricier than other options, their elegant appearance is well worth it.