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How to Make a DIY Tobacco Basket


Learn how to make a reproduction tobacco basket that will fit in with your 
farmhouse or country style decor.



Learn how to make a reproduction tobacco basket that will fit in with your farmhouse or country style decor.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



There are times when I like to try and recreate the look of a popular home decor item, rather than to purchase the real thing.  Doing so seems to recharge my creative muscles and makes me think through how something is constructed.  I notice the small details and what makes that particular item special.


Projects like this often make a particular look more affordable, but the real satisfaction comes from being able to use your own two hands to create exactly what you would buy from the store.

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Characteristics of a Modern Farmhouse Exterior


Learn the common elements that are making the modern farmhouse 
one of the most popular styles of house right now.






The modern farmhouse.

Whether we're talking about inside or outside the home, this is one style that we can't seem to get enough of lately.  These houses aren't the typical farmhouses of the past that you'd find on an an actual working farm surrounded by cornfields and pastures, but they elicit the same feelings of comfort and safety. The style of those old homes were simple so that the structure could be put up quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively.  And today's modern version still draws on that simple, no fuss look.

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Easy Recipe for Rustic Wood Stain


Do you hate the mess, smell, and work involved with using traditional wood stain?  Find out the secret ingredient for easily adding an aged and rustic look to your unfinished wood.



You've got to see this easy technique for giving bare wood an old, rustic stained finish.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



One of my least favorite do-it-yourself tasks is staining wood.  There is something in my genetic makeup that obviously is missing because I seem to lack the basic skill.  Give me a long straight board and I could stain it like a champ.  But to actually stain something built of wood with edges and joints?  I'll pass.  That is why you'll normally see me just adding a little hemp oil or polyurethane to the bare wood and enhancing the natural finish.

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The Secret to Perfectly Washed Windows


Find out what tools you'll need and learn tips for getting the 
windows of your home perfectly clean.



Beautiful coastal room filled with lots of natural light.
Photo Credit:  Muskoka Living



As a person who craves natural light, having clean windows is a must for my home.


I find the sight of the sunlight streaming through the rooms beautiful.  It has a way of highlighting everything that is right in the house.....a sink full of dishes doesn't look nearly as bad in a sun drenched kitchen!   Clean windows allow a little bit of the outdoors to be brought into the home.  And most importantly, lots of light makes me happy and more productive at home.

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Tips for Selling at a Vintage Market, Craft Show, or Yard Sale


Whether you are selling at a vintage market, craft show, antique store booth, or yard sale, there are simple things you can do to increase sales and draw customers into your space.



Whether you are selling at a vintage market, craft show, antique store booth, or yard sale, there are simple things you can do to increase sales and draw customers into your space.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Awhile back, I mentioned that I was going to be participating in a market to sell some of my handmade items.  Then I had an idea to also hold a sale at my house the weekend before because I was not allowed to sell anything that wasn't handmade at the original market.  I had all these farmhouse style pieces I had picked up in addition to all my vintage finds that I wanted to sell, so this seemed like the perfect plan.  (I say that because I've since learned Fourth of July weekend in my town is not the time to do something like this.  And don't even get me started about how you end up with no customers because two neighbors decide to have yard sales the same time and people don't follow the fancy black signs that you've created to their destination and end up at the yard sales instead of your own sale.  I've accepted the setbacks and moved on!)

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Dining Room Sideboard Made from Antique Dresser


See how a less than perfect antique dresser is transformed into a unique dining room buffet.



A broken antique dresser is given a makeover and repurposed as a dining room buffet.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com




So.....It's been awhile.  You may remember that I mentioned awhile back that I was going to be participating in a market to sell my handcrafted decor.  Doing one market turned into doing two and my days became consumed with working on furniture and decorative items to sell.  I realized that there was no way to continue creating, photographing what I was doing, and writing well-planned posts in addition to going to work everyday so I focused my energy where I needed to at the time.

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