Whether you’re a suburban soccer mom or an on-the-go urban professional, making your home comfortable and functional is a top priority. But shuttling kids in the minivan or making mad dashes to appointments leaves little time to think about decorating, much less take on a do-it-yourself project.
To help, experts in wood finishing have developed some fun and easy-to-do furniture projects that you can complete in a weekend and put them in a booklet called “Easy Weekend Projects.”
The free, 10-page booklet opens with a warm welcome from master carpenter Norm Abram of PBS television’s “The New Yankee Workshop” fame. It then guides do-it-yourselfers through a number of practical wood-finishing projects to add a personal touch to any room.
The Nice Accent project shows how an unfinished accent table can take on different roles once stained in sleek ebony or a traditional pecan shade. Combined with other pieces, such as a mirror or bookshelf, the same table will fit the need of any room.
Style Where You Sit takes unique flea market and tag sale chairs and turns them into colorful accent pieces with a selection of custom-mixed water-based wood stain choices.
Sleep on It shows how a little creativity can render a stylish under-the-bed storage solution for small living spaces.
Good to Grow shows how a timeworn dining table turns into a multipurpose coffee table for an active family. Easy-to-do decorative diamond patterns embellish the wood tabletop, while pull-out leaves allow the table to expand for a range of activities from quiet reading to a family board game.
To help the do-it-yourselfer get started, a stain and clear finish guide presents a wide range of stain and protective clear finish options.
Do-it-yourselfers can obtain a free copy of the Minwax “Easy Weekend Projects” booklet by visiting www.minwax.com or by writing to “Easy Weekend Projects” Offer, P.O. Box 1211, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1211.
Information courtesy North American Precis Syndicate