Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I am Dyeing To Try This

I love patinas. I might name my firstborn child Patina (Ok, not really. ) But there's something about a time-worn look that just rocks my socks. And the only thing better is something that looks gorgeous and old, is a way that you can MAKE it look gorgeous and old. Am I right, ladies?!

Whilst perusing Twitter today ( you can find me at @Rummage Living, by the way!), I came across a tweet by Design Sponge:

So, I found this here tutorial by ToolGirl.
It looks super simple and I love that staining with tea is all-natural and non-toxic! 
The best I can gather, is you can use tea on its own to stain unfinished wood ( the lighter the better), or you can use a solution of steel wool (or nails) in vinegar to darken the shade dramatically. And each tea gives a different look! You can even get that turquoise shade by soaking pennies instead of nails/steel wool! So so cool.
Oh, and some of you may be wondering, "Hey, I wonder why Margaret's @Rummage Living instead of Sugar & Spackle". And that is a great question- with an even better answer....

Sugar and Spackle is becoming Rummage Living! I'm working with some super creative types on a really freaking cool new layout now and I am SO excited to launch it. All of you guys have really inspired me to push the envelope in so many ways, and my style, confidence and LOVE of doing this stuff has just grown enormously. Don't fret, I'll still be the same flippin' cool chick, just a different name and a kickass site! 

So that's my news! We've got some time yet, but I wanted to let ya know so you can start, you know, preparing yourself for the awesomeness that will ensue. 

P.S. don't you love that you had to read the whole post to get here? I'm tricky like that.

OH, and have you guys heard of Pinterest? It's an online inspiration/board swapping site, where you can "pin" items/articles/projects/ inspiration that you like to share with others, and to come back to when you want it! I think I have like, 6 invites that I can use, If you'd like, be one of the first 6 and I'll invite you!  



  1. I love pinterest. I am so hooked. I'd love to follow you on there and see what you pin. You can find me under TheseNotions.

  2. I have pinterest but have no clue how to use it. I suck at computer stuff. Congrats on the whole new awesomeness coming your way. Being awesome is a tough job but somebody has to do it.


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