Add up­cy­cling to your home im­prove­ment tools

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Up­cy­cling is not just for craft projects — it of­fers lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties to make changes in your home dé­cor, es­pe­cially cab­i­nets and fur­ni­ture that will save money and re­duce your con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal land­fill. Wood­craft can help you with up­cy­cling ideas, prod­ucts and ad­vice.

For the past year, Wood­craft re­tail stores have hosted up­cy­cling demon­stra­tions on the third Satur­day of the month to help cus­tomers dis­cover the po­ten­tial for up­cy­cling in their home projects.

“To support this up­cy­cling ef­fort, Wood­craft.com added an Up­cy­cling Re­source Cen­ter to our web­site (http:// www.wood­craft.com/me­dia/up­cy­cling. aspx) to in­tro­duce view­ers to up­cy­cling and an­nounce demo top­ics and dates,” Vince Grlovich, vice pres­i­dent for sales and mar­ket­ing, said. “View­ers can also watch a seg­ment of Lifetime’s De­sign­ing Spa­ces where Wood­craft prod­uct de­vel­op­ment man­ager Kent Har­pool shows host Aliane Ba­que­rot how to cre­ate a shelf from a wooden pal­let.”

Both Wood­craft’s Pin­ter­est page (www. pin­ter­est.com/wood­craft­sup­ply/up­cy­cling) and In­sta­gram gallery (http://in­sta­gram. com/wood­craft­gallery) in­clude up­cy­cling ideas, and the blog, Wood­work­ing Ad­ven­tures (http//:blog.wood­craft.com) has fea­tured up­cy­cling sev­eral times.

In­spired by the up­cy­cling trend, many Wood­craft em­ploy­ees have com­pleted projects, in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing man­ager Lori Haught, who trans­formed a 1980s Jew­elry Ar­moire (see photo) into a more stylish, mod­ern piece for her bed­room. She gave it a new coat of paint, new sil­ver/glass pulls and flock­ing on the drawer in­te­ri­ors. You can see the en­tire process by vis­it­ing Wood­work­ing Ad­ven­tures and search­ing for “The Jew­elry Ar­moire Makeover.”

An Ir­win Marples Blue Chip Chisel was used for the dis­as­sem­bly that was re­quired to add new hard­ware and make other changes to Lori’s ar­moire.

To re­move the residue from old fin­ishes and pol­ish, Lori chose Nor­ton Soft Touch Medium 120-180 Grit Sand­ing Sponges for the con­tour de­tailed ar­eas and Prep­pin Weapon Sand­ing Blocks, loaded with Mirka Abranet 2¾” x 8” Sand­ing Sheets, for flat ar­eas. Once the sand­ing was fin­ished, all the pieces were cleaned with Gen­eral Fin­ishes Fur­ni­ture Cleaner us­ing handy Star Wipers rags.

Three coats of Gen­eral Fin­ishes Black Gel Stain were ap­plied to the ar­moire. Although each coat was al­lowed to dry overnight be­cause of other com­mit­ments, the ac­tual time re­quired be­tween coats is two to four hours. (Gel stains come in 12 other col­ors in­clud­ing the popular java.) Two coats of Gen­eral Fin­ishes High Per­for­mance Satin Wa­ter-Based Top Coat were ap­plied next.

To prep for the new hard­ware, Golden Oak Wa­ter-Base Famowood Filler was used to plug screw holes. More chis­el­ing was re­quired be­fore a pair of 1½” X 1 ” Satin Nickel Stop Hinges could be in­stalled.

Be­fore re­flock­ing the draw­ers, Bulls Eye Seal­coat Univer­sal Sand­ing Sealer was ap­plied to the in­te­rior of the draw­ers and the di­viders. Wear­ing an anti-mi­cro­bial dust mask and 6 mil medium, pow­der- free Nitrile gloves, Lori ap­plied light blue Don­jer flock­ing, us­ing a Don­jer Mini Flocker.

Re­assem­bly of the ar­moire re­quired Sys­tem Three 5-Minute Epoxy and a Bessey K-Body REVO Jr. 24” sin­gle par­al­lel clamp.

Soy-Gel is a 100 per­cent biodegrad­able, vir­tu­ally odor­less coat­ing re­mover. Restor-A-Fin­ish can be used to clean and re­store the lus­ter to a clear fin­ish, as well as hide mi­nor is­sues like scratches. It will also re­move wa­ter rings.

Milk paint is a popular coat­ing, es­pe­cially for fur­ni­ture. Gen­eral Fin­ishes Milk Paint is pre­mixed and avail­able in 28 col­ors that can be mixed to make cus­tom col­ors and lend them­selves to dec­o­ra­tive ef­fects such as dis­tress­ing and an­tiquing. Old Fash­ioned Milk Paint is a pow­der that comes in 20 col­ors and is good for use on por­ous sur­faces such as bare wood and raw ma­sonry. A spe­cial ef­fect Old Fash­ioned Milk Paint Crackle Fin­ish pro­vides a weath­ered look.

The 23-lb. por­ta­ble QuikBENCH® is a light­weight, easy-to-set-up work­bench ca­pa­ble of hold­ing up to 300 lbs. Con­vert two QuikBENCHES to sawhorses, and to­gether they will hold up to 2,000 lbs. Two or more benches can be con­nected to­gether to form a work­sta­tion. Each bench has a 24”-wide by 3½” open­ing vise and a 15-amp, cir­cuit pro­tected, three-out­let power strip, plus four plas­tic bench dogs.

To learn more about th­ese and other prod­ucts, visit your lo­cal Wood­craft store, call (800) 535-4482 or visit www. wood­craft.com.

A few re­pairs, a new coat of paint, sparkly new pulls, and in­te­rior flock­ing turned this piece into a stylish, mod­ern jew­elry ar­moire.

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