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Renew an Old Piece of Furniture

Posted on: March 6, 2009

Do you have a favorite old piece of furniture that is just getting too shabby? Or perhaps you have been to the flea market and found this wonderful piece, with a few chips and scratches that are unsightly. It may be a desk, a rocker, a worn dresser or a bookcase. You can make it look new and not spend a lot of money doing it.

The first thing you will want to do is remove all the knobs and handles. You can replace them, paint them, or maybe even just polish them, depending on the budget that you are working with. Remove the drawers, cabinet doors and shelves if they are not permanently attached. Now you have several choices. You can spray paint it with a texture that will eliminate the need for sanding and smoothing. You can antique it, which will hide a multitude of sins.

But if you choose to refinish it or simply paint it, you will need to lightly sand the wood, smooth out the bumps, and use a bit of wood filler on any gouges or holes. When that is done wipe off the sanding dust with a slightly dampened rag. Dry it carefully with a clean rag.

Now you are ready to paint it. Do the doors and frame first, and then the drawer fronts and shelves. It is wise to let the pieces dry for a few days before reassembling. Once you have it all together again, and sporting it’s polished or new accessories, you will be amazed at how different and wonderful it looks!


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