Paper Lanterns
Feb24

Paper Lanterns

In celebration—and gratitude!—of the recent lovely weather, we want to kick off your spring/summer entertaining season with an easy lighting idea from June’s Good Things: These flower beauties are a breeze to make: Just a basic lantern, tissue paper circles, double-sided tape, and you’re all set....

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Beautiful Birch
Feb24

Beautiful Birch

We’re seeing tons of nouveau-rustic furniture in trendy catalogs and shops right now. It’s one of the hottest looks on the furniture runway. Hello, sticker-shock. We knew there had to be a cheaper way to score this designer style. Turns out, a few basic tools, materials, and a weekend are all you need to get the look for way less than designer price tags. We’ll show you how. Surface Matters We love the look of birch. It’s smooth, light in tone and texture, and easy to handle. For this project, we used 34 birch logs, each about 3-4 inches in diameter. You can use a miter saw to cut birch logs to size, or you can pay a nominal fee at a lumber store to have the logs cut for you. Here are a few online suppliers of unfinished birch: estonianforest.com birchgifts.com firewood.com wilsonevergreens.com The best part about using birch? The trees grow and replenish themselves quickly, so you don’t have to worry about harming the environment to make your chic table. Getting Started Once you have the wood, you can find the rest of the supplies at your local home center. Lowe’s (lowes.com) was our one-stop shop for everything we needed to complete the project. What You’ll Need: Birch logs cut 18 inches long 4×8-foot sheet birch plywood Wood glue Wood screws Grout 4-inch casters Clear polyurethane Tools You’ll Need: Circular saw Miter saw Cordless drill Grout float Putty knife Source...

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