HOW TO VIDEO: No More Boring Black Photo Frames!

No more boring, black photo frames!  

In this tutorial, you will see how you can really brighten up a room by applying gorgeous, vibrant finishes to plain wood frames.  We used Cabot Premium Wood Finish in a variety of colors to match the cool mod look going on in a bedroom for two very cool kids! 

Check out the new Cabot Premium Wood Finish here: http://www.cabotstain.com/products/pr... or exclusively at Lowe's stores and http://www.lowes.com

We've joined up with Cabot Premium Woodcare and woodworking expert Kiersten Hathcock from www.modmomfurniture.com to show you how to bring your walls to life with customized picture frames.


Cabot Premium Wood Finish in Citrus, Stormy Teal, Mosaic Blue, Olive Branch and Clothespins
Paint Brushes
Sand Paper (very fine or 300+ grit)
Water to wash brushes

  • Buy unfinished wood frames online or from a local store. When creating photo collages, it's great to use and odd number of frames like 5. 
  • Remove the glass and set aside.
  • Lay each frame out on a covered workspace and make sure the frames are ready for finishing. If rough, they will need a little sanding first. If not, you're ready to go.
  • Apply your choice(s) of Cabot Premium Wood Finish to each frame using long, smooth brush strokes. Each frame can be finished using a different color, if you choose.
  • Let the finish dry for approximately 2 hours.
  • Lightly sand the frames using very fine sand paper and wipe clean.
  • Apply a second coat (or more if you would like a richer color) and allow to dry.
  • Insert the glass back into the frames and place your favorite photos in your newly finished frames.
  • Hang photos in an interesting layout and you have a beautiful, custom collage that is tailor made for your home!

For a list of all the cool finish colors from which to choose, go to http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Premium-Wood-Finish-Colors.html.  



Transform a Traditional Coffee Table into a Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece! - Sponsored Post

Check out what this Mod Mom was doing in LA a few weeks ago with my friends at Cabot Woodcare and Kin Community!  We took a traditional coffee table and made it into a mid-century modern gem! 

I had the pleasure of using Cabot Premium Wood Finish -- in Maple tint -- and was so happy with not only the rich color, but how simple it was to apply.  The color and the protective polyurethane are all in one so you don't have to apply the stain first then apply the protective finish.   Best of all, there's no harsh smell.  I've used my fair share of smelly finishes and this is not one of them!  



Coffee Table (one you have hanging around your home, or one you can pick up for a steal at a thrift shop/garage sale, or a pre-cut piece of wood at your local hardware store)

Cabot Interior Premium Wood Finish in a Clear Base, tinted to 'Maple'
Paint Brushes
Sand Paper (very fine or 300+ grit) and rag
Water to wash brushes
Electric Drill
16" Hairpin Legs (widely available online by searching hairpin legs)

Steps by Step Process:

1. Use a coffee table you have around the house, or one that maybe you've found at the thrift store. If it is not bare wood, you will need to sand the existing finish down to the bare wood before you start. (Alt: Buy pre-cut wood from a home improvement store for the table top if you don't have a coffee table you'd like to transform within reach.)

2. Remove the base of the old coffee table from the top and set the base aside (Or use it as a workbench for the next step)

3. Using your choice of Cabot Premium Wood Finish, apply the finish to the top of the coffee table with a brush using long, even brush strokes moving from one end of the table to the other. Do not use a cloth to apply.

4. Wait roughly two hours for the first coat of finish to dry. When it's dry to the touch, use a very fine sandpaper and go over the table top running the paper WITH the grain of the wood.

5. Use a cloth to wipe away residue/dust left over from sanding.

6. Add a second coat to ensure the table's finish is smooth, rich, and protected. If the color isn't deep enough, you can apply additional coats until you get to the color you desire. Allow to dry again.

7. When the table top is dry, flip it over so you're looking at the underside of the table top and install your hairpin legs using wood screws.

8. After the legs are installed, flip the table right side up, inspect whether or not there are any spots that are rough. Again, use a very fine sandpaper to lightly go over those spots and test to feel if the table top is as smooth as you would like it to be. Wipe off dust and apply wood polish. You now have a gorgeous new, mid-century, modern-style coffee table.

FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored video although the ideas and projects are our own. Thanks for watching!

For a list of all the cool finish colors from which to choose, go to http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Premium-Wood-Finish-Colors.html.