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Prepping Furniture to Paint: When to Sand, When to Degloss, When to Prime

A complete guide to prepping furniture for makeovers to ensure a long-lasting finish. Prepping Furniture to Paint: When to Sand, When to Degloss and When to Prime

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Sand Paper Cheat Sheet

Do you ever wonder.... Which grit of sand paper should I use to distress, buff, strip or repair your furniture projects? Check out my Sand Paper Cheat Sheet to get some answers.

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For you folks who buy old furniture then paint it…..you really must try this stuff….only a couple of bucks for a 16 oz. can. You mix it (powder) with water to the consistency that you need for your repair. I made mine a little thicker, stuck a few brads, with heads on them, in to the leg (for grip), then molded the leg. I use it instead of wood putty for smaller jobs. It sands beautifully and lasts forever, as you only mix what you need for each job.

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Tips for Preparing Furniture to Paint

Do I really need to sand? When do I need to use primer? Tips for preparing furniture to paint with milk paint, chalk paint, latex paint, or spray paint.

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"Farmhouse Table" Used gel varnish remover to strip off most of the varnish. Barn wood look came from varnish not being fully removed; whatever is left behind will appear lighter when a dark stain is applied. Heavily sand areas that you prefer to look darker.

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