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  1. Anne
    July 9, 2009

    could not have come at a better time. I'm re-doing my craft desk and a total newbie! thanks!

  2. Susie Jefferson
    July 9, 2009

    Spookily enough, I was writing a post for the BladeRubber blog, and mentioned you just this morning! http://www.bladerubberstamps-blog.com/

    Great minds, etc! Great post, great tips, and I never knew that about oil based primer. When we moved in to our current home the previous tenant had been a heavy smoker – it took me 5 coats of 1-coat paint on the ceiling (nightmare!) and then someone said we should have used an eggshell finish first (I think that might be oil based). Too late by then of course… AND we'd sugar soaped the ceiling before we started.

  3. Stephanie
    July 9, 2009

    wow- how long did it take you to write all that????

    i need to keep these directions for sure- you gave some great tips i knew nothing about! thanks becks!

  4. Susie Jefferson
    July 9, 2009

    Hi Becca – My pleasure. I love to share great blogs & great links – I already mentioned you to Nancy at La Chambre Rose (on the same post as you) as she is as fanatical about DIY as I am. She just got her hands on an armoire I'd give my husband's eye teeth for!

    I've got my eye on a small bookcase (same size as the one we have, but a different finish) with the intent of painting them to match, and hiding the fact they are cheap chipboard with a melamine wood effect. I'm wondering about Universal Primer, and if I'd need to sand…

  5. Valerie
    July 9, 2009

    Thank you so much! I have filed this away at my blog, thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.com.

    Thanks again!!

  6. Karenin Jaar Robison
    July 10, 2009
    • Christina
      January 21, 2013

      Hi, I would also like to know this as well. Also, love all the tips above. I will keep for future refrences. Thanks

  7. careymc
    July 14, 2009

    BLESS your heart, woman!!! I'm so glad you posted this. Hopefully, by the end of summer, I will have completed 2 silhouettes of the boys (if they let me) and paint 2 pieces that need some serious help. I'm going to take you up on your offer and send you a pic of one dresser in my room. I need major direction. THANK YOU!!!!

  8. jenifer
    July 18, 2009

    Wonderful!! Home Depot provides great paint supplies for furniture make over… You choose right stuff!!

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  10. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    October 21, 2009

    Thanks for the great info. I've just started re-doing furniture… I will save this post!

  11. Chad and Kristen @ The Tomato Vine
    December 29, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love the look of painted furniture, but am affraid to do it my self. However, after your tips I think I might be ready! :)

  12. Jane
    January 9, 2010

    such great tips…thanks for sharing, and linkin' up to FF!

  13. Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky
    October 16, 2010

    Hi Becca!

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    January 18, 2011

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  15. bernadette
    March 16, 2011

    thanks for this post. i am in the middle of a furniture project myself. I’m almost done which is a bit bitter sweet. I’m glad I read this post becasue i’m at the poly stage of my project.

    thanks again,

    bernadette (agirlandherhome.blogspot.com)

  16. Stephanie
    April 19, 2011

    Thanks for all your great tips!!! I just love seeing all your furniture redos!!!! Question do you stilluse the kilz primer when painting black since the primer is white? Thanks so much!!!!

    • Becca
      April 19, 2011

      You can have your primer tinted by adding black paint to it to make it a dark gray! That’s what i do and I do it at Home Depot, they will tint it for free and mixed it really good!

      • ana pereira
        August 19, 2012

        Hi was just wondering was your paint colour/brand was for the white and black buffet with the ralph lauren tabacco glaze? It’s AMAZING

  17. Valerie
    April 27, 2011

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been trying to figure out how to paint furniture! I’m saving this away…and planning a trip to Home Depot. :)

  18. pam
    June 9, 2011

    Is it really true that you can paint latex over oil and it won’t peel off?

  19. Brittany
    July 12, 2011

    Hey! I just stumbled upon this post! Thank you so much for posting this 2 years ago! ;) Anyway, I was just wondering if it mattered what sheen your base coat is? Also, what sheen do you recomend for the Minwax? I’m doing my first project and I’m a little nervous! Sorry, one more question…Have you ever used spray paint on anything? Just wondering if it works as well?

    • becca dulgarian
      July 12, 2011

      primer usually only comes in one sheen so I just buy what ever that is. I have only used the Kilz so that’s what I go with. Sheen also comes down to personal preference. i tend to not want a high sheen so I go no stronger then a Satin. My stain are the same…less sheen. I only typically spray paint small projects like frames and decorative things. i don’t like to use spray paint on furniture items. Good luck! So glad you found me!

  20. John
    July 21, 2011

    Thanks for the tips. I spend quite a lot of time repairing / refinishing furniture so this is very helpful. I have also been able to apply your tips to just wood in general, taking it beyond just furniture. Thanks!

  21. Teddy
    July 21, 2011

    This is great advice. I have some customers that I will send to your blog as I know they would love these tips on wood refinishing. Thanks for being such a great resource.

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  23. Aaron
    October 11, 2011

    I really enjoyed reading through you blog. as a painter for the past 12 years, I always am learning new tricks and I learned a few here.

  24. Megan Michele
    December 5, 2011

    I did some pieces this summer that are veneered pieces. They were in great condition and I knew I could figure out SOME way to do be able to work with it! (Especially since I had a horrible time with redoing some cabinets and not wanting to sand them down…after all they were cheap ones put into an old home but needed updating…needless to say, what the paint depart. said did NOT work and the paint was chipping off within weeks!) So I did some extensive research this time. What you will need to buy for a veneer or a surface that you REALLY don’t want to sand, is buy a bonding primer. They can be found at Lowe’s at the very least. But it isn’t just a regular one it has to say BONDING on it…don’t let the sales people tell you any different!!! Just a little info. So far my old dresser has been turned into a FABULOUS new TV stand and is withstanding bumps and such that the cabinets didn’t. I also sealed with a clear varnish….and it’s a gorgeous piece. Did a dresser for my girls too!

  25. Erin
    February 26, 2012

    what finish on the minwax polyurethane do you use? Is a aged piece usually more matte?

  26. Jami
    March 24, 2012

    Thanks for this post! I can’t believe I just now clicked it! I was wondering if you have any trouble with the poly yellowing? I did a big craft project one year which required I nice thick coat of poly. It was great and sealed nicely, but about a year later, it had yellowed so badly that it sorta ruined the look of the project. Since then I am afraid to use it on a big project I have put some much work into. What is your experience? Thanks again!

  27. Christine
    November 14, 2012

    Since it looks like you’re really thorough, I thought I’d share these tips.
    Veneer: As mentioned, a bonding primer is perfect. Inslx, now owned by BM makes a FABULOUS primer called STIX. Their paint for trim and cabinets, Cabinet Coat dries hard as a rock. It currently only comes in light colors, but is fantastic.

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    Happy to have come across your site. Thanks!

  28. roz
    November 22, 2012

    I want to refinish a pair of antique -looking chairs and small table that are currently in my entry. They are too victorian for me. Currently they are a dark cherry wood and of good quality. I would like to refinish in a soft black with distressing then cover in a cream with black swirls fabric. What color of paint would you recommend and should I glaze or stain. I don’t want a hard pure black.

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    Furniture refinishing is what i always do with my furnitures at home. i love keeping antiques furnitures that we just keep on repainting or refinishing it to restore its beauty and longevity.

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    Thanks for all the useful tips. Wondering if you have any more detailed tips or instructions on painting and faux finishing with black??

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