How I Restored and Refinished my Grandparents’ Piano


This piano has been through three generations of my family! It was purchased by my grandparents in 1970. That is my dad in the Packer pajamas above (quite the rebel). He learned to play on this piano, as did I after my dad inherited the piano from my grandparents.

This piano traveled with my grandparents from Indiana to Florida, and then with my dad from Florida to Illinois and back to Florida, and then with me and my husband from Florida to Wisconsin after we got married. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of wear on it, but it also had too many memories to just take it to the dump.

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How to Properly Apply the NautiKing System Finish (Nautipoxy & Nautithane) (Video)

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Before you start the application, be sure to thoroughly prepare the surface. It must be clean, smooth, dry, and dust-free.

In order to create a good profile for the first coat of NautiPoxy, final sanding grit should be between 120 and 150. Don’t forget to clean the surface with a tack rag or a clean cloth dampened with a good solvent (such as acetone, lacquer thinner, MEK, or xylene.)

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How to Mix Oil Based Gel Stain Colors Using Layers

Pictured: General Finishes gel stain in java

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 Repair Damaged or Rotted Wood Without Replacing It

Abatron wood restoration example

Rotted or otherwise damaged wood in your home can be a real eyesore. Whether it’s furniture, flooring, outdoor columns, paneling, or window sashes, you want to get them fixed. If you’re looking for a more cost- and time-effective solution than completely replacing the damaged pieces, consider using a wood restoration product! Continue reading “How To Repair Damaged or Rotted Wood Without Replacing It”

How to Distress General Finishes Milk Paints

persian blue distressed milk paint general finishes

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?

Bristol Birch cabinet

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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