{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.

{tricks to make furniture look more expensive}

Designing on a dime can be difficult given the price of furniture and interior décor. However, with the help of a little bit of paint, your old, outdated furniture can be refurbished to look like you spent the big bucks without putting a dent in your wallet!

Here are a few ways that Hirshfield’s paints can transform your furniture and accentuate your space.

before and after painted coffee table

Voila! The power of paint.

Above, a simple and cheap coffee table has been completely transformed with a new coat of beautiful turquoise paint and decorative metallic corners. Adding a pop of color is a fun and easy way to incorporate color into an otherwise bland room, while also recreating a piece that may have gotten sent to the dumpster.

painting furniture

Staying true to the modern feel with a paint compromise.

Add some accents to an otherwise old and outdated end table. The after photo of the project above shows that a little bit of white paint can add sophistication and completely make over an old piece.

Freshen up your furniture or thrift store finds with Cottage Paint from Hirshfield’s. Your color selection is limited to the 1,300+ colors found in the Hirshfield’s fan deck. Head over to Pinterest for color inspiration and ideas from DIY’ers all over the world.



Have you seen these very cool fretwork panels called O’verlays? Attach a fretwork panel and turn a plain piece of furniture into the focal point of any room. They are made of a lightweight composite and are paintable. They can be used on windows, doors, mirrors, furniture, and more.

There are so many ways that paint can transform your home. Get the look of expensive, luxurious furniture without having to make any sacrifices by purchasing some paint at your local Hirshfield’s and make your home the beautiful haven you’ve always desired.

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.

{on the road again}

Visit Us In St. Cloud and Alexandria

If spring is on your mind and Home Shows are on your agenda, there are two more opportunities to

Hirshfield's Alexandria Staff

Staff from Hirshfield’s | Blind Factory Alexandria

visit us this weekend. Hirshfield’s has booths at the St. Cloud Home Show, March 6-8, and the Alexandria Home & Garden Show, March 7-8.

These shows offer an exciting opportunity to discuss design ideas with our staff, and check out some of our favorite displays.

“We are hoping people will stop by and chat with our experts and get to know our staff,” says Diane Hanson, of Hirshfield’s Blind Factory in Alexandria. “Since combining The Blind Factory with Hirshfields Paint in July, many of our customers still do not realize the merger has taken place and that we are in a stronger position to assist them.”

The Alexandria booth will showcase some of our fabulous window treatments, a display from Benjamin Moore with color trends for  2015, and a chair that we repurposed using the Cottage Paint process.

The St. Cloud booth will also showcase Hirshfield’s private label window treatments, Hirshfield’s Paint (Made in Minnesota), and Cottage Paint. Both locations are giving away a $50 Hirshfield’s gift card each day so you’ll want to stop by and register for an opportunity to win. Read the rest of this entry »

{junk bonanza pinterest contest}


Enter to win early bird tickets to Junk Bonanza.

Junk Bonanza is right around the corner and we want to know what pieces you’re dying to discover! Create a junk-inspired Pinterest board and be entered to win 1 of 2 pairs of early bird Junk Bonanza tickets!

  1. Follow Hirshfield’s on Pinterest.
  2. Create a board titled Hirshfield’s Inspired Dream Room.
  3. Upload/pin images of your ideal vintage-inspired pieces and tag them with #Hirshfields and #JunkBonanza.
  4. Include 10 items.
  5. Once your board is complete, email us at mrh@hirshfields.com with a link to your board & we’ll happily peruse and repin your favorite items! Read the rest of this entry »

{bits & pieces: Oronoco Gold Rush Days}


It’s time to start your training for Junk Bonanza! Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, Mn, is the perfect venue to hone your junking strategies.

The show runs August 16-18, 2013, with 400 vendors offering up their wares. Details for the three-day event can be found here.  It looks like a well run show, staffed by Oronoco volunteers, with after-expense proceeds going to local not-for-profit groups. A great excuse to get out of the city for a day…for those of us who don’t have cabins.


Along with all the visiting vendors you’ll find Ki Nassauer and her Junk Bonanza gang on the main pathway at A015 and A022. Check out the Junk Bonanza Blog for the who, what, where and when. Stop by and enter your name in the drawing for Early Bird Junk Bonanza tickets.


HIRSHFIELD’S IS GOING TO BE THERE! Hirshfield’s is so excited to have an hour under the “Big Top” on Saturday at 11:00. Drew (Hirshfield’s Plaster Center) is demonstrating Cottage Paint. If you’re not familiar with Cottage Paint it is a clay-based paint, requiring no sanding, or priming, just a clean surface. Old furniture and Cottage Paint make for a colorful and happy union.

Time to round up your friends and plan your trip to Oronoco. I hope you find all sorts of goodies you have to sneak into the house.

P.S. I forgot to mention that Hirshfield’s will be at Junk Bonanza in September (26-28). We can’t wait!

{bits & pieces: lark nest design show-and-tell}


Kim, from Lark Nest Design, posted one of her lovely furniture makeovers which I want to share with you. She started out with a thrift store find. Note the very cool circle detail on the arms.


 She used Slate and Bimini from our Cottage Paint line, paired with a gorgeous fabric. It turned out so good-looking, it was scooped up immediately. It’s living the good life in Ohio! Here’s the link to all the details on the Lark Nest Design blog.

(friday finds: junk bonanza spring 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHousekeeping at the end of the day at Junk Bonanza…

Hirshfield’s has been out at Junk Bonanza these past two days and loving every minute of it. Junkers are loving Cottage Paint, the 50+ colors, and loving the on-going Cottage Paint demos being held in our booth and in the Cottage Paint classroom. There’s a lotta love at Junk Bonanza!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Spring Junk Bonanza; the show opens at 9:00am and runs until 5:00pm. Vendors restock every evening; rearranging their booths with new pieces pulled out of trucks and trailers…some of the vendors have living quarters in their trailers. Crazy creative are the junking crowd.


From start to finish on this small table…using Cottage Paint and Cottage Paint Waxes


Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallics on a cardboard “H”


Showcasing the different products at the H’s booth


Enough about us… here’s Junk Bonanza.







I met people from all over the country who come to shop at Junk Bonanza…Colorado, Arkansas, Thunder Bay, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Toronto, and the list goes on.  I can’t say enough good things about the whole Junk Bonanza experience.

I apologize for the lateness of this post. Hopefully, you’re able to experience Junk Bonanza tomorrow. One last thing, I thought “the junk” was priced to sell.

P.S. I almost forgot to mention the Weddings Lab. This is where brides-to-be can gather inspiration for their own weddings from four different themed vignettes, featuring vintage and repurposed ideas.

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