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Aug 14, 2017

(How I Totally Screwed Up) Trimming Out My Final Shop Window

When I built out my basement shop space last fall/winter, there remained a couple of unfinished spots that I knew I'd need to deal with. Case in point: this obscure glass window. (This half of the shop was intended to be a bathroom, and this would have sat right over the tub.)

Last week, I got a new, very large, very heavy stationary woodworking machine (more on that soon), which I'd planned to store right along this wall. So, I figured if I didn't trim it out now, I'd never do it, and it'd look exactly the same in twenty years. 

So, I got to work. And it was kind of a disaster.    

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May 15, 2017

Seriously, This is the Best Way to Close a Paint Can

created at: 05/16/2016

It's a problem we can all relate to. Anyone who has ever opened a paint, finish, or stain can knows the problem: if you don't use it all, you have to close it again. Hammers provide too much direct force, and can bend the lid, the lip, or the can itself. A rubber mallet is better, but you could shoot paint or finish out at you, and you'll cover the mallet in the material, which could get transferred to another project. Plus, if you're like me, the mallet always seems to be in another room.

So...    

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May 05, 2017

Fact: A $5 Can of Spray Paint is the Best DIY Value Out There. Here's How to Get it Right.

A few weeks ago, I was looking through my spray paint arsenal, and I took stock of my collection. It occurred to me how much I really use those little rattle-cans in the shop. I picked up a few this weekend, and gave a few things around the house a quick upgrade. Take a look.   

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Mar 08, 2017

Why One of My Favorite DIY Workshop Tools Comes from the Makeup Aisle

Last weekend, I was hanging out with a friend in his garage, and he dropped the F-bomb. This is not typical for this friend, so while a little surprised, I was mostly intrigued. He'd made a mistake and installed something backwards, which, according to him, he does 60% of the time because it's impossible to tell which end is which. He says he's tried to identify it, but tape doesn't work, and a Sharpie marker wouldn't show up on the black surface. 

So I says to him,

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Mar 18, 2016

A Second Chance for Secondhand: A Guide to Giving Used Furniture a Complete Makeover (with Help from Valspar)

How to buy and fix up secondhand furniture
Buying used furniture is a bit of an art. It takes a practiced eye to know what's well-built, has good lines, or simply isn't worth your time and money. But it feels pretty awesome to find a diamond in the rough and turn it into a polished gem. 

This month we got inspired by Ace Hardware's 31 Days of Color and decided to bring you our Total Newbie's Getting-Started Guide to Fixing Up Old Furniture. We'll tell you what to look for in a used piece, how to spot something with great potential, and even walk you through the basics of a furniture makeover (including help choosing the right color).

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Feb 10, 2016

A Closer Look: Urushi Craftsman

Seated Making BowlsHere's a look at the traditional art of Urushi Craftsmen as they talk about the process, and perfection of this unique and beautiful work.  

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Jul 07, 2015

DIY Painting Made Easy

Tackling your next home painting project is made easy with Purdy. No matter the experience level, you can become a master paint ninja with the finest painting tools. From brushes and rollers, to do-it yourself publications, Purdy’s painting tools are personally handcrafted and made for any crazy project you’re ready to master. 

  Painting made easy with Purdy

Become a painting master with Purdy. See how at: www.purdyhouseofpaint.com.  

 

This post is sponsored by Purdy

 

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Jun 05, 2015

An Easy Project Finish: The Simple Whitewash

Whitewash FinishI've been building a few useful desk pieces lately to give my workspace a bit more livable at the office. I built them out of pallet wood with a nice rustic feel and didn't want to cover over that character so I decided to go for a simple whitewash. Take a look at how easy it is to get a rustic finish with a bit of watered down paint.  

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Nov 05, 2014

How to: Faux Aged Metal Bookends

Faux Zinc Bookends

No matter how great a raw project turns out, we can all agree that adding finish is the when it finally pops. This tutorial is a fast and easy way to finish up letters (or any other decorative project) with a clean zinc finish.   Faux finishes are typically a pretty mixed bag. Rather than looking like the material or patina you're going for, they can often just look like... a painted faux finish.

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Aug 01, 2014

Weekend DIY Project: How to Stretch Your Own Canvas for Custom Art

created at: 08/01/2014

A stretched canvas is - poetically and literally - a blank space on which to apply original creative works: paintings, screen prints, photo transfers, spray painted stencils. They're a great way to add some custom wall art to your space, matched to the vibe of the room, it's color scheme, etc. 

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Jul 16, 2014

How to: Give Your Existing Bike a New Coat of Paint

created at: 07/16/2014

Bikes are relatively simple machines. Which means: unless they're totally rusted a rotted out, they don't really "go bad," and any old bike - either a forgotten one in your garage or a find at the secondhand store - can be lubed up and become ready to ride.

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Apr 25, 2014

Make a Custom Spray Booth to Finish Projects Indoors

Spray paint and spray finishes can be a DIYers best friend, but if you don't have an outdoor space or the weather's not cooperating, it can be tough to get the solid, thick coats you're going for indoors.    

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Feb 03, 2014

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes

We've all got 'em...in the garage, in the basement, on a piece of newspaper on your work table behind you even though you finished that project two weeks ago and already promised yourself you'd clean it up three times. (Ahem, Chris.)    

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Oct 15, 2013

Paint Bouncing on an Audio Speaker in Super Slow Motion

created at: 10/15/2013

I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by 

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Sep 17, 2013

Weekend Project: How to Create a DIY Geometric Chair

DIY Geometric Chair

A quick project for the weekend? Try this one!

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Aug 16, 2013

How To: Make a Geometric Doormat

DIY Geo Doormat via Whimseybox [https://whimseybox.com/projects/diy-geo-doormat]

Give your houseguests a tridimensional welcome to with this geometric doormat!

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May 02, 2013

Reports from the Pantone and Lowe's "Color with Confidence" Event in NYC

created at: 05/02/2013

So...how was your weekend? Mine? Fantastic. I was fortunate to spend it in New York City, at the "Color with Confidence" Event from Pantone, Valspar, and Lowe's. It was organized to celebrate the release of a new line of PANTONE UNIVERSE paint collection at Lowe's, which means...

You can now get paint in Pantone colors at your local home improvement center. Design nerds rejoice! 

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Jan 14, 2013

Where DayGlo is Made: Take a Tour of the World's Most Colorful Factory

Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.   

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Oct 22, 2012

The Making of a Mural: What Really Goes into Creating Large-Scale Art

One of my favorite design and illustration studios, Invisible Creature, recently took on their biggest project to date...literally: a 100'x30' mural on a new wall at the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle.  

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Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.  

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