Friday, January 11, 2019

Buffet Reveal It's Finally Here!

Welcome to the new year! Wow! can you believe it's 2019? I hope your holidays were the best ever, and you have a New Year planned for greatness!

For me, this holiday season has been easy and hard. Easy because I didn't decorate fully since our grandbabies were not with us. Yay! for less work.  Normally there are a lot of decorations! 

We had company since the first of Dec. and  I wanted to spend quality time with them and that meant I had to put my schooling and business aside until our visit was at an end. We have been spoiled to have my mom and my sister visit us. Very thankful for getting the time to share with each other.

I am very thankful for my husband as well, especially on the holidays; he is one of God's greatest blessing to me.  We all had fun and were able to share some intriguing conversations, played some games, had some laughs, and that of course was at the expense of each other.  All in fun, all smiles, good times and  great memories together.  

My mom was here the longest.  I will miss her sharing her conversations, opinions and her love day to day, but all things come to an end and  I have to get back work if I am to accomplish anything. 

Accomplishment *No.1 
Getting this to you finally! Thank you for waiting...
I have promised this reveal since the end of Nov. and am so excited to share it with you today...
Here it is! Enjoy!

The Buffet

This is how this beautiful piece looked 
when I purchased it. 
She was a worn and thirsty girl. 
There was water and termite damage.  
The wood was so dry that I was not sure 
I could save it to it's original beauty. 
I was going to love her no matter...

 I sanded her completely down, 
and at first I was thinking that if 
I sanded the whole thing it would take all the 
beautiful pinned strip painting off 
and that would make me sad. 
I didn't want to do that if I didn't have to.
I then wondered if it may be wood inlayed,
so I sanded it a little bit to see that it was! 
I did a happy dance!

Who ever made this buffet took some time to make it so elegant.
 Isn't that beautiful work?
That's inlay folks!
I didn't do that, I just brought it back.

At this point I could compare 
how the old looked against the new. 
As I began to apply the clear wax coat, 
it came to life again.
It took two coats of clear wax to cover
and shine when buffed.
This is only a clear wax, no color.
The wood grain is so gorgeous!

I wanted new knobs for the drawers and doors so
I made a set of "Birds Sing to Me", which
are some of my favorites, but I was 
pulled between the originals and
my little birds
 I made a post for everyone to vote for their favorite:
New knobs or the Original pulls?
on either: 
 Kimberly Madson Art & Design, 
and on my newest page
Within Home Decor

 The original pulls won by a vote.

Deciding on the two, knobs or pulls?

 Which one would look better?

Even the top has the most beautiful grain patterns.

 After the initial clear waxing, and a buffing,
I used a dark wax to make it enhance the grain even more.
The Finished Buffet...

Thank you for letting me share this beauty with you. 
If you have any questions visit me at: 
@withinhomedecor and 
leave them in the comments.

We would love to get to know you better...

Monday, December 10, 2018

Nativity Set Repair continued...

How To Paint The Staff
How Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph 
look painted...

Here is part two. 
Joseph is just a great piece. 
He is handsome and the way he is standing is very nice.
This set is a happy find for me.
I Love how the three look.

Here are the paints I used for the staff:

*Delta Ceramcoat- Dark Burnt Umber
*Ceramcoat- Raw Sienna
*Patio Pain Outdoor- Woodland Brown

You can use any brand for these colors.

Painting the Staff

Using Raw Sienna and a little water, 
paint the whole staff
with this color. 
Next, using the Woodland Brown, 
and holding the 
brush more on it's side, 
just hit the raised 
places on the staff, 
making sure not to cover too
much of the first color.
Lastly, using the Dk. Burnt Umber 
paint in places here and 
there, making sure not to cover 
the first two colors too

Be sure to paint any colors left on the staff 
or any other parts, to make sure they match 
in every area. If there is a large area you have to patch.
or a large area with different spots, you will probably
want to paint the whole area a new color.

This shows where I used the first color
with no water and then lower, down with
a little water.  The water will make it  more

Second color applied.  You can see that
there is quite a bit of paint, but it is on the 
raised areas, and not competing with the
first color.  Same as below, the last, 
darkest color is on the very highest, raised
places and doesn't cover the first 2 colors
much at all.

Don't forget the top of his staff. 
Paint other pices the same colors and
work with them as if they were also
in need of repair, so that they will
match in the end.

I wanted Mary a bit more subtile on her clothes
and head cover, so I used a lighter blue and a medium blue.
When I patched the few chips she had, I had a bit of 
trouble with the color or her clothing, so I matched
the whole area to the same color.
  I like the new colors.

Baby Jesus was a little bit of a problem when
getting rid of the dark spots. After applying
some of the putty with a paint brush, and letting
it dry, I re-painted his whole body. 
Once again he needed to be
one uniform color to look right.  I added some
flesh tones to make him look real.

He looks way better, don't you think?

Here is the family!
Love them...

I hope this has helped you with your own
Christmas Decorations.
If you have any questions,
email me here:

Your comments help us with our next 
fix or project. Look forward to
hearing from you.

God Bless!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Nativity Set Repair

Is your nativity set in dire need of repair? Does baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph all need a bit of TLC?
We have the tutorial here, right now for you, on how you can fix chips and broken pieces.

Baby Jesus is a little spotted and stained. 

Here Joseph's staff is gone, and needs to 
be replaced.

Here, more damage to his foot, and on 
part of his clothing.

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of our Supplies List)

Items needed for your repair.

Durham’s water putty
Wood glue 
Dowel (measured length)
Drill and Bit size of
Bowl to  mix
Plastic ware for mixing
Small putty knife
Paint Brush
Paper towels

Chances are you may have something different than the picture
shown, but this will work on any type of resin or plaster type
statue used for display at Christmas.

To begin you will need to have your area set up with
all the supplies listed.

To replace a long piece such as the staff, you will 
need to give it something to hold on to. I began by 
drilling into the hand where the staff originally
was. Then taking the toothpick, I glued the end and
inserted it into the drilled hole. You will need
to let it dry completely.


Using the awl, push or tap, (with a hammer) a hole into the bottom of the 
dowel, deep enough for the toothpick to fit into. (Do not glue yet.)

Next lay the dowel into the position it was originally,
or where you would like it, and mark it with a pencil,
where you want the cut off to be.  It needs to fit nicely
without too much extra length. This is where the staff
or piece will be for the final placement.

Notice in the next picture, how the toothpick is at the same
angle as the dowel? This will help you as you place your
dowel at the right angle. This way the toothpick won't be
stressed and break.

Mark where your cut will be.

Next, cut the toothpick off at about one inch down from the glued area.

Cut your dowel at the mark, using the pliers. 
Pinch around all sides.

It will snap in two.

At this point, when gluing the dowel to the hand 
and toothpick, you want to make sure that it is in the exact 
position to begin to use the Water Putty on.
Apply a dab of glue on the end of the toothpick
and insert it into the dowel and let dry in place.

Following the directions on the Durham's Water Putty, 
make a small batch, as it goes a long way.

Using your putty knife, apply the putty to
the top of the staff, working your way down
to the bottom, as shown in the following
pictures. You will build the layers as you go
so they will be the thickness you need. 
As you apply additional layers of putty, 
it will cause the stick to look more like a 
branch than a dowel.

Add more putty in areas to enhance the 
branch look.

Clean up any of the putty that gets onto 
places you don't want it to be.

I placed the staff on the inside of the
sandle for added support.  I'm not sure, but I think,
it was on the outside where the break is on the foot.
(I purchased this recently)

I began building up the staff and foot
so that is will be bonded nicely.

Let this dry completely before moving it around.

Joseph's sandle and toes needed to be fixed as well.
Use the same putty mixture for the rest of the cracks
and chips on the items needing fixed. You can use
the paint brush too, as it makes it easier to smooth out
these areas.

When the putty begins to set, you can use the putty knife
to form it as you need to.

Fill in chips and then
gently wipe them smooth with the paintbruch 
or a wet papertowel.

Baby Jesus was very pitted and stained so I used the putty
and the paint brush to smooth over his skin areas.  This 
did not cover very well so he will be painted again.

The manger only has a small chip so it will be painted too.

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