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In the last few days, I have received several emails and comments asking for a “how to” on how I paint my furniture. Honestly, every piece is different but typically we do the same few steps. I will use my dresser redo to explain things since that is where the majority of the questions came from! You gals are so sweet with all of the compliments! For this piece, it was a dark wood with a glossy lacquer of some sort over top. I started by lightly sanding the dresser to remove some of that shiny junk off… I know, I sound so professional 😉 Then, I wiped off the dust from sanding. This roughened up the wood a bit and since I was using spray paint, I wanted it to stick really well. I also recommend using Gloss Off. You can get it from Home Depot and it helps the paint adhere better. Next, I removed all the hardware and put it in a sandwich baggie so I didn’t lose anything. Losing screws and hardware = not cool.  Not like I’ve lost any in the middle of a project or anything 😉 Next, I took all of the drawers …

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Here’s my rendition of “How to Stain Furniture” I’m working on my most recent project that was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s French Dresser.  On this project, she stained the wood on top of the dresser and I loved the look! I tried staining before and was totally disheartened. I didn’t really know what I was doing and just went for it. Guess what happened?? TOTAL FAIL!! I didn’t sand enough and it all bubbled and looked awful! 🙁 Oh well, live and learn! I’ve been researching and watching videos and experimenting with the stain and I’ve got a good method going on! I am loving how this dresser is turning out so far. I am also toying with the idea of using Dark Wax on the detail and Clear waxing the whole thing. Here is my method for staining. I have used advice from many different sources, mostly  Minwax sites and some videos. Here’s how it breaks down: You will need: 80 grit sand paper 120 grit sand paper electric sander (optional but HIGHLY recommended) Disposable or rubber gloves Clean rag/hand towel that you don’t mind ruining bc it WILL be RUINED when you’re done with it 🙂 A …

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