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Refurbishing for Beginners

Refurbishing for Beginners

By Nichole Roell

Refurbish for beginnersIf the idea of refinishing furniture sounds fun but intimidating, fear not! With a few tips and tricks from a fellow amateur, you’ll have a “new” piece you can be proud of in no time.

  1. Search the local classifieds and for-sale-by-owner websites for low priced or free pieces that would be worthy of refinishing. Look for solid wood construction as opposed to particle board for the best result.
  2. Check the mismatched paint section of your local hardware store for reduced-price paint, or visit Pope Douglas Solid Waste’s reuse room for the chance to find paint, primer, thinner and more, absolutelyfree. *Note: Be sure to read the labels on your paint and primer cans to make sure the bases are OK to use together. Sometimes oil and water just don’t mix.
  3. Finished RefurbDon’t skip this step! Sand your piece thoroughly to remove imperfections and get the  surface ready for painting. You’ll be disappointed if all your hard work flakes off in a week or two. Once it’s sanded, prime the surface and sand again.
  4. Thin down your paint and apply multiple coats. While it requires more work, you’ll get more even coverage and fewer pesky paint drips.
  5. Add the details, and enjoy!
    • Inexpensive, decorative wooden appliques can be purchased just about anywhere that sells lumber and can add a lot of personality to your piece.
    • Hardware can make a huge difference in the overall feel of the piece. If you don’t like the handles or knobs, change them!
    • If you want a rustic look, use a stiff dry brush and add a touch of black or dark brown paint to the edges, or use a dark primer and sand away some of the paint.
    • Want a truly unique look? Decoupage. Try lace, old family photos, fabric or a vintage map.
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