Duncan Phyfe furniture

The world of antiques is littered with famous maker’s names and one of those names is Duncan Fife (or Phyfe). Any given weekend you can find an auction that offers a piece of furniture by this prolific American craftsman Duncan Fife started life in Scotland; he was born in 1768 near Loch Fannich. When he […]

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How to identify Thomas Chippendale furniture

Thomas Chapel was a furniture maker from the mid to mid-18th century. He was probably born in 1718 but there is no record of his birth, only that year he was baptized. He was and probably was the son of a carpenter from Olite, Yorkshire, England. He was a hunter for his father. There is […]

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How to clean wood furniture

I’m not a big believer in many of the cleaning products on today’s market but there is one that does everything it promises and more: Murphy’s Oil Soap. This seemingly magical product has never disappointed me and is the easiest cleaner to use that I have ever discovered. Over the years, wood furniture may appear […]

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How to paint old furniture

Maybe you have an old dresser or hutch that is coated with paint, and it is chipped and cracked. Or maybe you just purchased an old varnished washboard stands at an auction, and it needs to be painted in order to spruce it up. Whatever the case, you can repaint old furniture yourself and end […]

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How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

Refinishing a wood floor or piece of furniture is not as difficult as it may seem. There are many ways to change the look of wood. One of these techniques is called “pickling”. Pickling is usually done using thinned white or off-white paint, although other light colors can also be used. The technique is used […]

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How to restore old wooden furniture

Today it is becoming very popular to restore old wooden furniture to its original condition. Old wooden pieces can usually be picked up at markets or second-hand shops fairly cheaply. To get your wooden piece of furniture professionally restored can be expensive, but most of the time it is not too difficult for you to […]

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How to fix a squeaky wooden floor

A wooden floor is an asset to any home. But when a squeak develops in one or more areas the floor becomes an annoying problem. Following is a description of the most common causes of squeaks in wood floors and several ways to repair and eliminate the squeaky areas. Various levels of repair options are […]

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How to organize paper clutter

The first step for getting rid of paper clutter and getting organized is to figure out a filing system. You can buy nice little file cabinets at any office supply store that requires very little space. While you’re there buy some of the paper file folders to put in your file cabinet. Gather up all […]

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How to make a table leaf cover

Having an extra leaf or two for your table is great when you have a large crowd but not so great when it’s not needed. If you have a leaf to your table that rarely gets used you may have noticed that it’s tended to get scratched and marred in the past. You can protect […]

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How to make fitted picnic table and bench covers

You decide to go on a nice picnic with your family. You find just the perfect spot with the perfect view. Then, to your horror, you spot the available picnic tables. They’re covered in leaves, bird droppings and worse. Don’t flee the scene. Whip out your picnic table and bench covers and your picnic will […]

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