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Paint Old Furniture

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User profile image Added Saturday, March 10, 2012
by Tonje H. (50 points)

Your attic, basement, or garage may well hold old furniture that is suitable for a paint or other faux finish.



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    Have a beautiful newly-painted furniture for your home. Be creative.

    How to decide if this is something for you

    Repairing old furniture is for everyone who have the ability, the creativity and the guts to go to the drastic steps of painting old furniture.

    How to prepare this

    1. Find an old furniture in your attic, garage or basement that you have an interest to repair.
    2. You can find old furniture in yard sales, used furniture shop and antiques stores.
    3. Plan and study what medium you used for this kind of furniture piece.

    How to do this

    1. Fix it or have it repaired before applying the finish.
    2. Before finishing, remove all wax, grease, or furniture polish with cleanser, rubbing alcohol, a liquid sandpaper product or mineral spirits; then sand smooth.
    3. If you're painting the piece, use spackling compound to fill unwanted dents, cracks, and holes, let dry and sand.
    4. If you're applying a transparent finish such as stain, use a neutral color stainable latex filler.
    5. Apply the filler, remove excess while wet, and allow to dry.

    Risks and unwanted side affects

    Ventilate when working and wear protective gloves and a dust mask. Antiques will drop in value if you color paint it.

    Stuff needed to do this

    1. Gloves
    2. Dust mask
    3. Paint
    4. Thinner
    5. Paint brush
    6. Soap
    7. Water
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