LIGHTEN UP

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside - DE­SIGNED AND PHO­TOGRAPHED BY FABIANA OF CIAONEWPORTBEACH.BLOGSPOT.COM.

For a break from all the rich colors of the sea­son, try this cen­ter­piece from Fabiana at Ciao New­port Beach. In a weath­ered wood box, nes­tle white mini pump­kins in a bed of light green moss and dusty Miller. To keep your dusty Miller fresh, cut apart garden-cen­ter six-packs, place each cell into a small plas­tic bag, and then tuck into the box. Wa­ter reg­u­larly, and oc­ca­sion­ally place in a sunny win­dow.

AG­ING TRICKQuickly give nat­u­ral wood an aged look with a steel wool and vine­gar tech­nique, courtesy of Fabiana! In a jar, soak steel wool with a solution of half white vine­gar and half wa­ter. Let it sit overnight with the top off, and the next day, seal it up and shake. Rub the soaked steel wool on wood for a nat­u­ral gray stain. Fabiana ad­vises test­ing the stain on a small area first to en­sure you like the fin­ish.

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