Get (Your Furniture) Naked! How to Remove Old Paint from Wood

How to remove paint from wood furniture
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When it comes to thrift store finds, painting can be a fantastic way to totally transform something old into something new. That being said, too much paint can be a bad thing. Sometimes the most refreshing way to refinish a solid piece of wood furniture is to totally strip it naked and start fresh. That's how I felt about this chair (and its amazing technicolored dream-coats of old paint). Thankfully, it wasn't a ton of work to remove paint from the entire thing. Continue Reading

Inside and Out Dumpy Dresser Makeover

It’s not Monday so I hope Curbly doesn’t ground me, but I just HAVE to share this makeover with you. Why the hurry, you ask? Because on Tuesday I read a comment left on a big important design blog in which a disgruntled commenter got his undies in a bunch over not being privy to the writer’s step by step re-do process. To soothe some unnecessary DIY angst, I hope he finds his way to this very thorough tutorial by Mrs. Continue Reading

How To Fill Wood During Furniture Refurbishing

When it comes to valuable furniture rehab skills, knowing some basic wood repair is a must. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided to change out the hardware on a nightstand or dresser, only to realize I have an extra knob hole to fill.Barb runs Knack Studios in South Carolina. She is the grand master of transforming old wooden pieces into revived and colorful pieces of new beauty. She writes a column for Design Sponge called Before and After Basics where she pretty much teaches us everything (except her top secret tips) we need to know about refurbishing wood furniture.  Continue Reading

Power Tools 101: Power Sanders.

No matter how great the payoff, sanding is no fun…kinda like exercising, tweezing your eyebrows, or studying for final exams.

Electric sanders don’t make the process any more fun, but they will speed it up. And with prices under $100, they because a very useful tool for the homeowner and ambitious DIYster.

Sanding. Techinically, sanding doesn’t make wood smoother, it makes it uniformly rough: abrasives in sandpaper make tiny cuts in the wood. Sandpaper is categorized by “grits”, with the numbers corresponding to the average grit size: coarse (20-60 which are used for removing lots of wood or saw or burn marks, medium grit (80-100) which then remove the scratches made by the coarse grit paper, and then fine grit (120-1000).
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