A New Take on Brocade

by DIY Maven

A New Take on Brocade

Webster’s definition of brocade is ‘a rich oriental silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver’, which might be perfect for Victorian England but–let’s face it–this is the 21st century. Enter Brocade Home, a collection of furnishings and decorative items that would have Jane Erye running to the attic. You might say it’s an amalgamation of Victorian and shabby chic with a bit of modern thrown in just so we don’t forget this is not our...

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How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

by DIY Maven

How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

If you’re looking to get that distressed, painted a few times Shabby Chic look, here’s a fun and easy way to accomplish it.

Supplies

Two colors of latex paint. One will be your peek-a-boo, underneath color and the other will be your primary color.

Vaseline, but a light-colored candle will work too.

Steel wool.

Water-based polyurethane, if the piece will get wear.

Steps

First sand your piece, if necessary, and then put on a few coats of...

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