Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Glass, Metal, and Leather: Transform Any Wood Item into Something New

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Refinishing wood does not always mean applying stain and polyurethane. There are an endless number of techniques and products available to help each piece fit perfectly with the design style of the home or room. There are many reasons why someone would want to transform wood to make it look like something else. The genuine material might be too expensive, too heavy, or impossible to find. Here are three projects that will help transform any type of wood into something new. 

Become an Alchemist

Okay, maybe it is impossible to turn lead into gold, but it is easy to make wood look like metal. Metallic spray paints are available in brass, bronze, copper, steel, and chrome. To make the finished piece look genuine, it takes more than a single quick spray. The first step is to sand the wood carefully and fill any gaps, dents, or holes. Apply light coats of the paint, allow it to dry completely, and sand carefully to remove drips or other imperfections. Repeat these steps until the desired look is achieved, but do not sand the paint on the final coat. Buffing the paint with a soft cloth when it is dry will bring out the metallic sheen. 

Add Some Glass

Anyone can create a glass-like coating on any level piece of wood. This could be a tabletop or the lid of a trunk or jewelry box. The top layer will look like clear glass and help to highlight the wood beneath. In addition, the top, made from epoxy resin, is extremely durable and helps to protect the wood. It is not necessary to sand or fill any imperfections when using epoxy resin. The product is designed to self-level as it is spreads across the wood. Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions, pour the resin across the surface, and spread it with a foam brush. Carefully swipe a trowel across the surface to remove excess resin. Items like glitter, dried flowers, and photos can be embedded in the resin, if desired. Spray flowers or paper with a sealant and allow to dry first. Also, remember to glue down any embedded items that are not intended to look like they are floating.

Create Faux Leather

To create a leather look, you will need to choose two different shades of paint that together will create the look of aged leather. Sand and prime the wood and apply a coat of the lighter color of paint. When the paint is dry mix a 4:1 ratio of paint glaze with the darker paint and apply in small sections. Use a crumpled piece of plastic to create creases by placing the plastic over the wet paint, pressing down gently and peeling off. Repeat across the wet paint. 

Wood is amazingly adaptable, and with so many techniques available, it is possible to have the trendiest, most classic, or most unique finished look without going over budget. With the exception of with the resin, it is also easy to repair mistakes by sanding and starting over to get the right look with these approaches. If resin is the chosen material, consider starting with a small piece of scrap wood to become familiar with the product first. 

Visit sites of companies like http://www.paintingbyjerrywind.com if you would like help with a wood-refinishing project. 

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24 August 2016