Simple: How to white wash/antique your furniture!

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Materials

  • piece of unpainted furniture
  • fine sanding sponge
  • lint-free rags
  • container for mixing paint
  • latex paint (you choose the color)
  • paint brush
  • water-based poly (I like a satin finish)

Instructions

1. Sand the surface of the item to be whitewashed with a fine sanding block, or an orbital sander with a super-fine sanding pad. Once sanding is complete, clean the surface with a dry cloth to remove any dust.

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2. Make your whitewash mixture. Mix two parts white or light gray latex paint and one part water. There are also white stains available at your local hardware store if you would like to take the guess work out of it, but where’s the fun in that!?

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3. Using a paint brush, apply the whitewash mixture in long strokes following the wood grain. Whitewash tends to dry quickly, so work in small sections.

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4. While the whitewash is still damp, wipe off excess with a clean rag. This will allow even more of the wood grain to show through in your design.

5. Allow the piece to dry completely and then repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve reached a desired level of coverage. This can be different for each individual! Allow your creative eye to tell you when enough is enough.

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6. After the piece is completely dry, you can sand again to allow more of the wood grain to show through, or to just even out areas that have gathered too much paint.

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7. Seal the piece with a water-based poly applied in long , even strokes. Water-based poly is best for this surface because it’s white. Oil-based poly will add a yellow hint, and take away from that fresh white glow!

8. Stand back, admire the goodness and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

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Home & Garden Show April 5th – April 7th

We at Down Home Construction are showing off what could be your next home improvement project this weekend April 5th-7th at the Suburban Collection Showplace of Novi. Anything and everything you need for your home and garden can be found under one roof, so come on out and visit us this weekend we would love to see you!

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What a great way to spend your weekend, shopping for the perfect accent to your home or garden and doing a bit of chairty work at the same time!
Down Home Construction will be holding a mini charity event called Putt-Putt for Alzheimers at the Home & Garden Show, you can show off your golf skills and contribute to the cause. All those who donate will be eligible for a chance to win!
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Margarita Chicken

This fresh and light dish, flavored with limes, chile and a splash of tequila, is perfect for summer entertaining. The chicken is wonderful served hot off the grill, but it also tastes great cold or at room temperature, sliced and tossed into a salad of mixed baby lettuces.

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Ingredients

  •  zest from one lime
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, from about 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tequila, optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, 6-8

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients, except for the chicken, in a gallon-sized zip top plastic bag. Squish to combine. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
  2. Coat grill pan (or grill) with cooking spray. Heat pan (or grill) to medium-high. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side, turning breast a quarter turn after two minutes if cross hatch marks are desired. Serve immediately.

Dress Up Your Railings & Stairs

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Thinking of making some improvements this season?

Enhance a Railing

Safety is key to a usable deck, but beauty doesn’t have to take a backseat. Instead of an ordinary railing, consider integrating materials that match the style of your home’s exterior. Here, glass panels supply protection, shield the homeowners, and lend a bit of contemporary style.