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Bring walls to life through decorating

Jamin & Ashley Mills offer home decorating ideas in “Hand Made Walls: 22 Inspiring Ideas to Bring Your Walls to Life.”
Jamin & Ashley Mills offer home decorating ideas in “Hand Made Walls: 22 Inspiring Ideas to Bring Your Walls to Life.”
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Wall decorations are just another extension of Jamin and Ashley Mills’ do-it-yourself design philosophy.

The Millses, who run the website the Handmade Home (www.thehandmadehome.net), believe a home has more personality if its walls are decorated with handmade items, not things made by someone else. They share their ideas in Hand Made Walls: 22 Inspiring Ideas to Bring Your Walls to Life.

The couple offers instructions for making frames, wall art and functional wall decor, all with a rustic charm. The projects progress in difficulty, so readers can master skills on easier projects and then move on to more challenging ones. Tips, tricks and other guidance are provided to make the job easier.

Hand Made Walls is published by Adams Media and sells for $24.99 in softcover.


Q: I placed a dark red candle on our oak kitchen table for a day or so, and it left a round ring stain from the red dye. Other than refinishing the table top, is there any way I can remove the stain?

A: You may be able to remove the stain if it hasn’t penetrated too far into the finish, the Hardwood Information Center says.

Try rubbing it with a soft, dampened cloth and either toothpaste, baking soda, creamy white appliance polish or non-sudsing ammonia. Or use a mixture of boiled linseed oil and either pumice or rotten stone, a fine abrasive limestone powder found in hardware and paint stores.

Apply the abrasive material to the cloth, not directly onto the wood, and rub in the direction of the grain. Dry the spot, and then apply paste wax to another clean cloth and use it to buff the spot.

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