{friday finds: creating aged gray wood}

 

Cottage paint Hirshfield's

This is it. These are the only supplies you’ll need to start and finish this DIY project.

Are you a fan of the look and feel of rustic well worn barn wood? Beth (Hirshfield’s Woodbury) shares her quick and ridiculously easy tutorial on how to age wood using Cottage Paint products.

Here are directions for creating gray barn wood from new pine boards.

Quickly sand the wood with 60 grit sandpaper. Distress your boards and dust.

Cut one of Hirshfield’s yellow cellulose sponges into 10 pieces (so it’s a nice size to fit in your hand). Get it wet and wring it out so it’s pretty damp. With the sponge, pick up a little Cottage Paint in Antique White, and wash the board so you can still see the grain. Allow the board to dry at least an hour.

Using another damp sponge* piece, pick up some Cottage Paint Asphaltum Glaze and wash it over the paint.

If your project needs additional protection, Cottage Paint Flat Varnish works great.

Hirshfield’s Credit Manager shares this tip: If this finish is too dark, use the same procedure except after the white dries, lightly dry brush on Cottage Paint Shadow for a nice antique look.  Ben did an entire wall with his method and it turned out great.
Cottage paint display

Check out the back of Roseville’s Cottage Paint display – Do you see the “weathered” boards in different colors? The possibilities are endless using the Cottage Paints and glazes.

 

Cottage Paint on oak.

Oak sample showing the different steps.

How’s that for an easy-peasy DIY? Beth, and all her Cottage Paint skills, works her magic at Hirshfield’s Woodbury.

*wash out your sponges, as they’re reusable

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{window treatment wednesday: add personality with valances and cornices}

There are so many styles and fabrics available for your window treatments that it’s easy to forget one of the easiest ways to add another decorative touch — at the top. Valances and cornices add style and sophistication to the top of your window treatments, while also concealing the curtain rods or other hardware if necessary.

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Kellie Burke Interiors via House of Turquoise

What’s the Difference?

In some ways, valances and cornices are very similar. They both add style to the top of your window treatments, but a valance is a soft treatment — similar to a very short drapery panel — while a cornice is a hard top treatment.

The style of the customer’s home usually directs our Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designers to use one or the other. Dawn Feda says valances can appear much softer while cornices have more of a hard line. However, she points out that each treatment can be dressed up or down by adding decorative trims, contrast banding or lining, or unique shapes.

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{friday finds: january color of the month}

Color of the Month: Morning Blush 1083

Morning Blush 1083

Bring in the New Year with this cozy, warm, and fresh morning blush pink! We are calling this the pink of pinks! Morning Blush doesn’t stand out, but flatters everything around it. It’s a warm pink with a touch of peach. Not necessarily feminine, but is elegant and sophisticated.

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{design trends to watch in 2017}

As one year ends another begins, but design trends don’t necessarily follow the rules of a calendar. According to our team at the Hirshfield’s Design Studio, some of the most popular looks were already gaining steam at the end of 2016. Here are our 2017 design trend picks:

Seeing Green

Green was definitely the “it” color at the end of 2016. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+ and we featured Mother Nature 0746 as our Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October. Then Pantone picked Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year.

 

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Brewster Wallcovering

The attraction of all these greens is obvious. The lush look of nature. The fresh feeling of spring. With a cold winter upon us, these greens are a reminder of nature’s ability revive, refresh, and restore.  So, just like Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity, which picked up traction in 2016 and we’re seeing everywhere, we expect the popularity of greens to keep growing.  Read the rest of this entry »

{historic christmas letters}

For many people, the holidays are a time for reflection. For others, a time for tradition. At Hirshfield’s, we like to review the following exchange of Christmas-time letters as a symbol of both. We look back at these letters, written during WWII, and see the remarkable bond between our Hirshfield’s family and an employee serving overseas during the war.

The letters — one sent on Christmas Eve, 1943 — were written to a friend and colleague named Gilbert, who was serving in the army’s medical corp, eventually becoming a POW. When the war ended, Gilbert came home and came back to Hirshfield’s — where he continued to work into his 80s.

Hirshfield's Christmas Letter

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Hirshfield's Christmas Letter

Hirshfield's Christmas Letter

 These letters give us a glimpse into Hirshfield’s history, and that of our country. When you see a reference to “Mrs. Hirshfield and the Doctor,” they are referring to Hans Hirshfield’s grandfather, who not only ran the business but was also a physician. Apparently this surprised some of his patients who, when they noticed the doctor’s paint-splattered shoes, questioned the validity of his credentials.

Want to give back to families of deployed soldiers? Check out the site Soldiers’ Angels http://soldiersangels.org/other-ways-to-give.html

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{pantone 2017 color of the year: greenery}

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As we turn the corner of a new year with biting cold and heavy snowfalls here in the Upper Midwest, one way to warm up a bit is to discuss Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Pantone’s official announcement even mentioned spring as the inspiration: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

It’s no surprise that Pantone picked a green tone. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+, and we featured a green, Mother Nature 0746, as the Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October.

The allure of green is the tie to nature and its feeling of rebirth and renewal. Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral, a versatile trans-seasonal shade that lends itself to many color combinations.” Read the rest of this entry »

{homemade Christmas ornaments}

‘Tis the season for skiing, sledding, and holiday decorating. The snow came a bit later than usual this year, but Christmas is on the same schedule. So, whether you delayed decorating your home until it really felt like the season — or would like to add some fun decorations to a job you’ve already done — here are some of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments.

Stamped Burlap Ornaments

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Credit: Bliss Bloom Blog

Have a burlap bag? Know how to use an ink stamp kit? You’re well on your way to creating some natural, organic looking ornaments. As an added bonus, the burlap is wrapped around foam balls. No glass, so this DIY project from the Bliss Bloom Blog is ideal for small kids.

Plain Glass Ornaments Brought to Life

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

Credit: The Sweetest Occasion

DIY doesn’t have to be dull. Plain glass ornaments can become ornate pieces of art with The Sweetest Occasion’s project. The keys are a colorful coat of paint swirled around the inside of the glass and a dramatic touch of gold leaf applied to the outside. Read the rest of this entry »

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