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Farmhouse French Country Projects

Today I want to share a few projects with you relating to some of the things we looked at yesterday. These are very simple projects that I hope your going to be delighted in learning to spread throughout your home.

How to Make a Ruffled Skirt

Making a ruffled skirt for a dining chair is very easy.

Step 1. Start with cutting your fabric. Measure the width of the four sides - then measure the length you'd like. Lay your fabric down and transfer your measurements onto it. The easiest way of doing this is to measure up from the edge of the fabric for the length of your fabric and place a mark across the width of your fabric. Use something to draw a line across the width. Starting at one side, begin making a mark for the width of each of the four sides. Now make a straight line at each of these marks.

Step 2. Cut each piece out.

Step 3. Start by taking your fabric and making a hem on the top and bottom - then iron them.

Step 4. Now make hems on both sides of the fabric and iron.

Step 5. Now you'll sew the bottom and two sides with a simple "slip stitch". This should take you no more than 10 minutes.

Step 6. The fun part. Begin sewing the top with a simple "slip stitch" - only here, you'll want to gather the material as you go creating the ruffles. Do this till you get to the end of your fabric.

Step 7. Hold the needle and thread and spread out the ruffles to your liking.

Step 8. Make a final stitch up and over the fabric to hold your ruffles in place and make a double knot.

Now you can attach each of the pieces of your skirt to one of your chairs using the simple "slip stitch."

How to Age New Furniture

All new furniture is made of particle board, or has a laminate on the outsides of the piece.

The MOST IMPORTANT part of working with this type of furniture is to change the finish from being glossy, to a matte textured finish to accept if your painting or staining it.

Step 1. Using a piece of light-weight sanding paper, sand the entire piece of furniture.

Step 2. Now go over the entire piece with a piece of steel wool This will smooth the finish, but still allowing some texture to it.

So what would you like to do with this piece of furniture? Paint it or stain it?

If Painting it....

Step 3. You'll want to prime it with a product like Kilz.

Step 4. If your painting your piece, you can now paint it and allow it to dry. Once dry, apply a second coat.

Go over the entire piece gently with a new piece of steel wool.

Now you can decide what you'd like to do with your new piece of furniture. You can age it with some sand paper, or you can leave it as is. It's up to you!

If Staining it...

Step 5. Apply the first coat of stain. You'll want to leave this on and allow to dry. DO NOT wipe it off.

Step 6. Apply a second coat - wait 15 minutes - then wipe off.

Go over the entire piece gently with a new piece of steel wool.

Now you can decide what you'd like to do with your new piece of furniture. You can age it with some sand paper, or you can leave it as is. It's up to you!

How to Crackle Furniture

This is a really fun and simple technique. This is also something that you need to work fairly quickly with and you'll see why.

Step 1. First things first, using white glue - pour a good amount into a bowl.

Step 2. Using a chip brush, begin painting the glue in a thick layer over your piece of furniture. Because glue is water-based - it tends to dry quickly. We need the glue to be tacky before we can move on to the next step.

Step 3. Continue painting glue over your entire piece of furniture and allow to become tacky.

Step 4. When it becomes tacky, you can apply your top coat. This could be a different color paint, or a wash of stain to age it.

Step 5. If it's paint, brush on your color - then wipe off. If it's stain - wipe on then wipe off.

You'll immediately see the crackling happening under your top coat.

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