Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Barb Blair
Before you can apply a fresh coat of paint to a thrift store find, you’ll need to get the furniture ready for its transformation. Barb demonstrates basic prepping techniques on a vintage nightstand and coffee table, showing how to remove the hardware, rough up the veneer with sandpaper, fill hardware holes with wood filler, and clean and vacuum the surfaces. You will also learn how to tape off your drawers for clean, painted lines, and apply polyurethane to spots where you've added wood filler.
 
Learn how to:
  • Remove hardware with a drill
  • Fill holes with wood filler
  • Sand surfaces to make them roughed up and porous – perfect for painting
  • Tape off drawer runners
  • Apply polyurethane


Chapters
02:07
Sanding and Prepping
00:56
02:32
Prepping a Night Stand
11:39
06:07
08:15
Prepping a Coffee Table
03:34
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Drill bit (choose size to work with your hardware)
  • Frog Tape or painter’s tape
  • Work gloves
  • Craft knife
  • Putty knife
  • Wood filler
  • Lint-free shop towels or cloths
  • Medium-grit sanding sponge
  • Power sander (optional for large flat surfaces)
  • Vacuum with a nozzle attachment
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • China bristle brush (for applying polyurethane)
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Furniture Refinishing
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    Part 1:
    Furniture Refinishing: Sanding and Prepping
    Barb Blair
    Before you can apply a fresh coat of paint to a thrift store find, you’ll need to get the furniture ready for its transformation. Barb demonstrates basic prepping techniques on a vintage nightstand and coffee table, showing how to remove the hardware, rough up the veneer with sandpaper, fill hardware holes with wood filler, and clean and vacuum the surfaces. You will also learn how to tape off your drawers for clean, painted lines, and apply polyurethane to spots where you've added wood filler.
     
    Part 2:
    Furniture Refinishing: Painting Basics
    Barb Blair
    Now that you have prepped the surface of your furniture, you are ready to start painting. In this class, Barb demonstrates two of her favorite painting techniques. First, she shows how to apply two coats of latex paint to a wooden coffee table. Then, she demonstrates “milk painting” on a nightstand to create a textured, antiqued look. Barb gives plenty of tips for getting into those detailed areas and creating a lovely, finished look in either medium.
    Part 3:
    Furniture Refinishing: Paper and Decoupage
    Barb Blair
    Create a pretty pictorial effect on your furniture with wallpaper or high-quality giftwrap – no drawing skills required. In this class, Barb shows how to choose a wallpaper that coordinates with your base paint, and then demonstrates covering drawer fronts, adding a lining, and installing your own fun hardware.
    Part 4:
    Furniture Refinishing: Color-Blocking and Painting Techniques
    Barb Blair
    Want more creative ideas for designing furniture that pops? Barb shows how to paint a bold, geometric design on a coffee table, and demonstrates a couple of options for finishing your furniture using wax or wood stain. By the time you are done watching, you will have all the tools you need to create beautiful, custom-designed pieces for your home.
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