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This page is dedicated to offering unique tips & tricks to
 refurbishing furniture from around the DIY community.
These are common sense things learned over time offered to help you.

Contents:
#1 dresser drawer placement
#2 removing finishing nails
#3 drawers gliding better 
#4 cleaning brushes
#5 distressing with wax
#6 quick sawdust removal
#7 cleaning after sanding
#8 crackle medium
#9 wax finish for black furniture
#10 renewing your paint tray
#11 deglosser
#12 removing contact paper
#13 furniture stripper endorsement
#14 painting dollie


1. Find the best fit for your drawers.
Drawers are often put back in the wrong places during the many
 relocation's a piece of furniture goes thru in it's life. This is usually
 unintentional but in most cases it causing them not to fit right
 anymore. I find the best fit for all the drawers making sure
 everything glides smoothly then they get permanently numbered.
courtesy of 4 the love of WOOD



2. Remove finishing nails thru the back side.
A lot of finishing nails don't have typical nail heads, in this
case it will cause less damage and be easier to remove if you use
 pliers to pull the nail thru the back or bottom side of your trim.
courtesy of 4 the love of WOOD







#3 Wax your drawer glides.
A lot of us have experienced our old wooden drawers binding.
Rub a bar of soap along the drawer glide areas and all the points
 wood rubs on wood. This will make a huge difference helping your
 drawers run properly again.
courtesy of 4 the love of WOOD


#4 Clean those paint brushes well.
For water based paint clean up only.
Use a sink (kitchen/laundry) that is deep enough for your

 brushes to stand vertically under the tap. The water gets deep
 inside to where your paint also went and adding a drop of
 dishsoap the same way will help in your clean-up.

courtesy of 4 the love of WOOD



#5 Distressing with wax.
Buy some clear wax bars (the kind you can add colorant and scent
 to, to make candles). "Rub it" on the areas you would've
 "distressed" after you painted your top coat. The top coat won't
 stick there, and you can scrape the wax off with a dull razor blade,
 or wipe it off with a hot rag when the paint is dry. Distressing
without sanding--it's a nice layered look.
 courtesy of  Catherine @ Freddy and Petunia



#6 Blowing your troubles away.
When I have a large project to sand, or a lot of small projects-my
 first line of defense is to use my leaf blower to remove the bulk of
 the sawdust before I start wiping the items down with a tack cloth.
courtesy of Gail @ My Repurposed Life




#7 Wipe the right way.
After sanding, wipe your piece with a damp rag.
 DO NOT use an oil  based cleaning product as it may cause your
primer or paint to repel rather than adhere.  Wait for the piece to be
 finished painting before you give it that thorough cleaning. 
courtesy of Cassie @ Primitive & Proper




#8 Inexpensive way 

Did you know that crackle medium is nothing but diluted (elmer's)
white glue ...even the cheap dollar store white glue will work.
courtesy of Deb @ Proper Prim



#9 Extra dusting not needed.

If you use paste wax on furniture as a finishing layer, DON'T use it on
black painted furniture. It will attract the dust in our home more readily
and be worse for upkeep than black painted furniture already is.
courtesy of Terry @ Forever Decorating



#10 Make your paint tray work for you.
 Rather than using a new liner in my paint tray each time I paint,
I just throw down a piece of aluminum foil instead.
courtesy of Kim @ Second Time Furniture



#11 Wiping instead of sanding

 When painting a piece of furniture with a sheen or gloss to it, you
 don't always have to bring out the sander before you paint,
 sometimes a liquid deglosser wiped over the piece will do just as
 well. Of course, you must be swift in this case, as the directions on
 the can of deglosser, say "paint within 30 minutes of deglossing"!
courtesy of Carol @ Antiques & Uniques



#12 Hairdryers and Home Improvement

Girls! ... if you have some pesky contact paper standing between
 you and your next creative ambition grab your hair dryer, it heats
 the glue and helps release it from the object it’s adhered to! This
technique also worked on a mod podge fabric project I was working on.
courtesy of Kendra @ Creative Ambitions



#13 CITRISTRIP
I really like the product CitrisStrip. It has no bad odor, is safe to
 use indoors, and really does work well to strip old finishes. You
 spray it on, wait half an hour, and then just wipe it off.  I've used it
 on several pieces and it always works well. 
courtesy of Anne @ Bird / Like

 
 
#14 PAINTING DOLLIE
Place your furniture upside down on an inexpensive plant stand that
 has wheels and start painting. Whether standing, kneeing, or sitting
 down you shouldn't missing any spots and you just turn and paint!
courtesy of Anice @ Moments in Time






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