painting

How to Pre-Paint Balusters (& hang them up to dry)

How to Pre-Paint Balusters (& hang them up to dry)

When I built the railings for our veranda project, I pre-painted all the components before assembly. Pre-painting allows you prime the end cuts to prevent moisture wicking, you don’t have to kneel or squat for hours on end, and you can do a better overall paint job. I had about 80 balusters that needed one […]

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Saw on it. Stand on it. Sit on it.

Saw on it. Stand on it. Sit on it.

Subscribe today and get the detailed Woodworking Plans to build this multi-purpose step stool. I didn’t make this handy little work step, but it’s the first thing I grab when it’s time to change a light bulb, paint a room, or get down & dusty on a reno project. It’s been dinged, danged and dunged […]

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Make Concrete Look Like “Granite”

Make Concrete Look Like "Granite"

The bare concrete foundation wall of our renovated mudroom made a stark contrast to the beautiful natural granite blocks that have solidly supported our farmhouse for 115 years. I had thought about parging it just to spruce it up a bit and then my partner suggested we try resurfacing the concrete with the Beauti-Tone (Tech […]

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Tips for Easy Painting Clean-Up: Put Your Paint On Pause

Tips for Easy Painting Clean-Up: Put Your Paint On Pause

  I love to paint but hate cleaning brushes, rollers and trays until the job’s done. Here are a few tips to minimize the clean-up time associated with painting.

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Painting Tips for Your Honey Money Bank

Painting Tips for Your Honey Money Bank

The Honey Money Bank is a unique and practical craft project, suitable for anyone with basic woodworking skills and tools. If you’re a beekeeper, it also makes a great value-added gift package for small jars of honey. This is a Stonehaven original design that you won’t find anywhere else — but now you can build […]

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Money Bank Gift Packaging for Better Honey Sales

Money Bank Gift Packaging for Better Honey Sales

Beekeepers, do you sell your honey to craft shops and specialty gift stores, at farmers markets or at the farm gate in your own roadside stand? Add value to your honey sales during gift-giving season — or package up your honey as a special homemade gift for your own friends and loved ones. Just tuck […]

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