Furniture Finishing Finesse
Have more imagination than cash? Simple treatments for unfinished and vintage furniture prove that some beauty really is skin-deep.
A Topiary Turns into a Table
Keep your eyes peeled for pieces that can be refinished and adapted from their original uses.
Have you ever admired an elegant urn at a garden center, only to discover that it was made not of metal or stone but of fiberglass? These containers are so attractive and affordable that you'll want to use them indoors as well.
Create an affordable accent table by combining a fiberglass urn with an inexpensive, 42-inch-diameter wooden top from a home-improvement store. Adding weight to the urn by inserting a concrete block or bag of sand is optional. Give the wooden top a personalized finish with stencils and paint; we recommend first experimenting on a scrap piece of plywood. You can get as creative with the paints and glaze as you wish, using any of the acrylics to tint the metallic glaze. Experiment with different brushes or crumpled rags to add texture.
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