Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to Refinish Wood Furniture

We have a lot of old wood furniture that is about 30 years old and hasn't been refinished in many many years. We don't have a ton of money right now, so the obvious thing was to refinish what we have until we can buy new.

I spent about a half hour at OSH looking at actual cans of paint, before I got discouraged and decided to go with spray paint again. I already had my eye mask and breathing mask and gloves from last time, but I bought more plastic tarps and some more sand paper.

Last time, I made the mistake of buying a spray paint that was a paint and primer in one. I thought I was being very efficient, but what I learned was that it's not a good paint and it's not a good primer!

This time, I selected a middle of the line spray paint and white primer. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Wipe all the surfaces that you're going to spray down with a damp cloth and let dry. Follow with a light sanding, and wipe down again. I spray painted outdoors this time. Last time I did it in the garage and I thought I was going to asphyxiate myself. Remove any knobs or hardware you don't want to get painted
Step 2: Lay down the tarp and start priming! Do not do this on a windy day. I also started with gardening gloves on which was a bad idea because you get paint all over your gloves and you don't have a good feel where the paint is actually going. Use latex gloves, and don't forget your safety glasses and mask!
Step 3: Let it dry while you watch your dog try to figure out what the eff you're doing. I brought the pieces in to dry inside the house overnight and then did another coat, then brought it inside again for another 24 hours or so. I let everything dry in the sun as long as possible.
Step 4: Spray with your paint! I really liked this green on the can, and it looks ok in our bedroom but I'm still not totally sold. I may repaint it in a few months.
Step 5: Again, let dry 24 hours and then repaint if needed. I had a few areas where I too heavily painted the sides...and also areas I missed.

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