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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BBQ Chicken Bites |Simple|Fast|Delicious

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BBQ Chicken Bites Recipe| flavorful appetizers of bacon wrapped BBQ chicken. Perfect for serving over the holidays, game days, or when entertaining.

Prep time | 10 Mins
Cook time | 40 Mins
Total time | 50 mins
Serves: 8

Ingredients |
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound bacon, cut in half
½ cup BBQ sauce, your favorite
toothpicks or skewers

Instructions |
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Wrap each cube of chicken with a piece of bacon.
Secure with toothpick or skewer and brush with BBQ sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes. Turn chicken skewers and brush other side with more BBQ sauce.
Bake another 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve warm.
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Make-ahead Tip: BBQ Chicken Bites can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in a ziptop bag for up to 3 days. To reheat, remove from the plastic bag, place onto a baking sheet and reheat in a 275 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until completely warmed.

Enjoy

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How to Hide Your Spare Key in Style!

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Here’s a good idea to hide your extra house key – put it in a medicine bottle, glue a pine cone or rock on top, stick the bottle in the yard or planter. 

You can find these items at:

  • Michael’s
  • Joanne Fabrics
  • Hobby Lobby
Jeffrey pine cone

Jeffrey pine cone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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