Sunday, April 15, 2012
Posted by Danielle
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Step #1- Clean furniture piece
I have skipped this before and created more work. Cleaning the piece will allow a shorter sanding job and allow you to better assess what grit sandpaper to use.
Step #2- Remove Existing Finish
If a lacquer or stain exists then sanding will be needed. The job is tougher if you have a painted piece of furniture. Depending on the thickness of the paint you may need to use a liquid paint stripped and scrap the paint off with a metal scrapper. After paint is removed you may sand.
There are many sanding options. You could use an electric sander, sanding block or sheets of sanding paper. This is a preference but also may depend on your piece. An antique detailed chair would need sand paper to get into the detail. Always start with a low grit (lower by number) and ease into a finer (higher number) sand paper for a smoother finish.
Always use your hands to evaluate your sanding. It may appear to be smooth but graze the entire surface before moving forward.
Lastly, clean your piece again.
Step #3.5 (Only if nessecary fix any scratches or holes)
If your piece has unwanted scratches, holes or knicks now if the time to use wood filler to create a smooth and even finish. You won't regret this step.
Step #3- Prime (If painting)
I have skipped this step and always regretted it. Use a primer to allow the paint to last longer, better overall coverage, and actually saves you paint.
Step #4- Stain or Paint
This is the best part, choose your stain or paint color. Always stain and paint with the grain in the wood. Start with minimal paint/stain because you can always add more. For stain you can use a foam brush or a rag or cloth. Painting options include spray paint (be careful of drips), foam roller brush (my preference), bristle brush (careful of brush strokes), or a paint sprayer (I just got one that I want to try out).
Repeat for multiple coats as needed.
Step #5- Protective Coat (Optional)
I suggest a protective coat if the piece will be used on a daily basis. You'll never regret it and might be upset it you don't.
Follow these steps for a professional refinish look every time. Don't get discouraged if you make a mistake; practice makes perfect and you can always sand and start again.