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A buffet turned TV cabinet – the reveal

Hello friends! How was your weekend? Mine was really relaxing for a change. On Saturday I went out of town to visit my Mom and this time I was on a mission to finally finish the TV cabinet that I had partially completed for her weeks ago. You can read about its first makeover HERE.

In the morning, we decided to take a little road trip to some of the small towns close to my Mom’s house. Stay tuned for a few photos from our adventure later today along with a before photo of a vintage sewing cabinet that I found pretty much for free. In its current state this cabinet is a little u-g-l-y and it is definitely in need of some TLC. Just you wait until I get my hands on it though!

 

Anyway, here is the before photo of the vintage buffet that I found for my Mom on Kijiji a while back. It was tired looking and had seen better days. I knew though that it would be the perfect size to hold her flat screen TV. All it needed was some paint and some new hardware and it would end up looking fabulous!

 

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Fast forward to this next photo (below) which was taken after I had painted my Mom’s cabinet in her favorite turquoise paint (Behr Gem Turquoise 500-B4 mixed at 50% strength). She and I agreed on one thing; it looked so much better with its new makeover but we both thought that something was still missing. In her words, “it needs a little oomph!”

 

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This time around I hoped that the Moroccan stencil I had planned to add to the drawer and door fronts would be the perfect finishing touch and give it the “wow factor” that my Mom was looking for. Scroll down a little further to see what her TV cabinet looks like now.

What do you think? Do you like it?

The burning question is…what does my Mom think of her cabinet now? She loves it!  She hasn’t been able to stop talking about it for the past two days she is so happy! My job here has been done. Haha!

 

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You may be wondering if I have changed the color of the final cabinet because it looks a lot lighter than in the ”almost there” photo above. Actually, no I didn’t. The body cabinet color has stayed the same. Only the fronts of the cabinet have been re-painted.

It was so dark in my Mom’s house by the time that we finished up the stenciling so in the photos the cabinet color looks like it is a light turquoise when in fact it is really a vibrant turquoise color. Isn’t it amazing how lighting can change a color? Please humor me and just pretend that you are actually seeing a vibrant turquoise cabinet here ok? Thanks! Haha!

Honestly, I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t take some bright and clear photos to share with you because the photos I took aren’t really doing this cabinet any justice. It looks so much better in real life!

As I said, my Mom’s house is just so dark even with all of the curtains open and lamps added to provide extra lighting. I just had to seize the moment and take the photos otherwise it would have been at least another month before I could get over to my Mom’s house again to take more photos. Maybe one day I will be able to share some better photos of this cabinet with you but for now these will have to do!

 

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Now for the finishing details. Since I had already top-coated the drawer and door fronts with my favorite clear coat I had to sand off the top layer so that my new paint finish would stick properly. First I taped off only the area that I wanted to paint with Frog tape and then I sanded it down with 220 grit sandpaper to give the wood a little “tooth”. I then removed all of the sanding dust with my tack cloth and I was ready to stencil.

For the stenciling, I used the same stencil that I had used for my Mom’s step stool makeover HERE (Martha Stewart’s Arabesque Stencil Set). The aged stencil pattern was achieved with many layers of light turquoise paint mixed with white gesso, then an overcoat of burnt umber glaze, another coat of a darker turquoise glaze and then finally a light turquoise/gesso paint coat mixture again.

Isn’t this a great idea for those of you not wanting to re-do your entire piece of furniture? You can just repaint/stencil only one part of it to give it an update without to having to go through the intensive process of priming and painting everything.

 

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Moving right along. Once I had the look that I was going for and everything was completely dry, I gave the final stenciling a sanding with 400 grit sandpaper to prepare it for topcoating. I then coated it with a few coats of clear coat for protection. I made sure to sand with 400 grit sandpaper between coats and remove the dust with my tack cloth before adding another coat.

I was then ready to attach the hardware on the drawers and doors and move the cabinet into place.

 

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Here you can see a close-up of the aged stenciling that I did. Again had the lighting been better you would have been able to see this in more detail. The shading adds a lot more dimension than just a plain stenciling would have.

 

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Oh ya! If you could please divert your eyes away from my Mom’s pink carpet I would appreciate it because there is some major clashing going on here. It is so 70′s! This carpet looks so bright in these photos but actually it is not that bad in person.

Since my Mom will be moving soon and changing out the carpet is not her in budget, the furniture she has will just have to work with the carpet for the time being. So pink carpet it is!

 

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The original hardware on this cabinet was changed-out with the handles from her old TV cabinet. I think they work perfectly with her cabinet’s new look and the finish matches exactly with the existing door hinges. It really was meant to be!

 

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I am really loving the crystal knobs from Anthropologie that my Mom picked out for this cabinet. They are simple yet they add just the perfect touch of “glitz and glamour”. What do you think?

 

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I think they really “pop” against the stenciled background on the drawers now.

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My Mom even had a piece of glass cut to protect the top of her cabinet. It looks amazing!

So if you are currently on the lookout for a vintage buffet to use as a TV cabinet you may want to keep and eye out for these maple buffet cabinets at your local auction houses, on Craigslist/Kijiji or at garage sales. They are the perfect size for a smaller living room and they provide loads of storage space for a DVD player, DVD’s, board games, Xbox consoles and games, magazines, you name it! Another bonus is that these cabinets are made of solid wood (no MDF or particle board here!).

 

The cost breakdown for this makeover is as follows:

Vintage buffet: $50.00

Knobs from Anthropologie: $6.00

Door handles: $0.00 (taken from another cabinet)

Paint and supplies: $20.00 (I already had many of the supplies on hand)

5 mm protective glass (optional): $30.00

TOTAL COST: $106.00

Where can you find a solid wood, handpainted TV cabinet with a glass top in a store for that price?

In other news…

I am still plugging away on the painting of my drum table. Since I had pretty busy weekend this past weekend it is taking a little longer that I had originally planned to finish it. I promise I will be sharing its makeover with you soon. Stay tuned!

 

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

 

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More of my absolute favorite products for furniture refinishing

I am sorry that it has been so quiet around here lately. As I mentioned in my last post, a few days ago I injured my back while lifting a piece of furniture out of my husband’s truck and I haven’t been feeling well since. The buffet that I was lifting was not overly heavy and I have lifted other pieces of furniture before with no problems. This time, I was fine until I went to put my end of the buffet down and then I felt a sharp pain in the middle of my back near my spine. I didn’t realize that I injured my back until an hour later when I knew I had done something wrong! I had thought that maybe I had just twisted things the wrong way.

Since then, the pain has been getting progressively worse so I have been living off pain killers which makes me a little drowsy. I also can’t sit in one position for too long so sitting and writing is a very uncomfortable. I have had a sore back before but this is way beyond that!

For that reason, today’s post will be a little shorter than usual. I am sure that after a couple more days rest I will be feeling better and will be back to my usual activities.

Have you ever injured your back before? What things did you do that helped you to feel better?

 

 

I had mentioned in PART ONE of my favorite products for furniture refinishing HERE that I planned to share some more products with you in the near future. So I am here today to share four more products that I love to use when working on transforming a piece of furniture. These products will help you to not only achieve a professional look and feel to your furniture piece but they will help to make your life a little easier throughout the entire process.

 

This first product you may already own or you may have seen it on TV or in home improvement stores. It’s Frog Tape.

 

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Before becoming a Frog Tape advocate, I used to buy the regular blue or green painter’s tape. I found that the regular tape kept the paint from bleeding under the area that I had taped off only some of the time. It was a hit or miss! Also, when I would remove the tape from my piece of furniture, part of my newly applied paint would come off with it no matter how gently I removed the tape. I felt like screaming so loud that the neighbors would hear me when that would happen. I was so frustrated! It’s not like you can easily touch things up so it won’t be noticeable at that point!

Can you relate to this problem when using regular painter’s tape?

 

One day I was in the painting department at Home Depot picking up some rollers and brushes and came across Frog Tape. First, the green container stood out to me and I had remembered seeing a commercial on TV about it. I was about to grab a roll off the shelf and then I noticed the price!  A little more than I was used to paying for painter’s tape! I decided to give it a try anyway. Maybe it would work as well as the commercial said it would.

The first time I tried Frog tape, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Even though it seemed like the tape didn’t stick firmly to the edges of the wood, there was no bleeding of paint underneath at all. The edges came out clear and crisp. The tape also came off really easily and didn’t pull off any of my freshly applied paint. So amazing! I was jumping for joy at that point!

If you are still using regular painter’s tape, you may want to give Frog Tape a try. Seriously, I will never go back to the old painter’s tape again, even when painting walls in my house. It saves me so much time and frustration!

 

Beauti-Tone Latex Glazing Liquid

 

Another favorite of mine is Beauti-Tone Latex Glazing Liquid from Home Hardware. I use it every time I prepare a colored glaze to apply on the piece of furniture I am working on.

If you haven’t used a glazing medium before, you mix it with either latex paint or acrylic paint. I usually mix mine as 8 parts glazing liquid to one part paint. Glazing liquid helps to give you more time to manipulate your color on your furniture piece so that it doesn’t dry too quickly. When mixed with paint, it also helps to bring out the details in carved appliques and chunky moldings.

Glazing medium can be found in many different brands and at almost any hardware store. This glazing medium is my favorite and here in Canada it is only $14.99 per can.

 

 

Shur-Line 04970C 4-Inch Foam Mini Roller Refills, Contractor Pack of 6

 

I use foam rollers exclusively for painting furniture along with foam brushes. I know some people swear by painting furniture with a paint brush. I just have had the best results when using these 4″ foam rollers.

These rollers don’t leave marks in my finish, like using a regular paint brush would, and they leave the surface of the wood even and smooth. After applying a paint finish with these rollers the surface is very easy to sand smooth with almost no effort.

This brand, Shur-line is my favorite because it doesn’t leave roller “bits” in my paint and it leaves a silky-smooth finish on my painted surface. I have purchased foam rollers from the Dollar Store before just to compare, these Shur-Line rollers are worth paying extra for!

 

 

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Finally, my last favorite item is General Finishes High Performance Varnish in Satin. This is my all-time favorite topcoat for the furniture that I refinish. It can be found at Lee Valley following the link above.

This top coat is very durable so it perfect for table-tops and other furniture pieces that will get lots of use. It is also non-yellowing so it will not yellow your light-colored furniture like polyurethane coatings will.

To apply this coating it is best to use a brush. The best technique that works for me is to load a healthy amount of this topcoat onto your brush and apply it to your surface in a straight line, each time taking up more coating on your brush from your can. Apply this finish quickly and avoid brushing over the area more than twice. You want a fairly thick, even coat on the surface as this coating will self-level. You will be left with very little, if at all brush marks on your piece if you use this technique.

This top coat also dries very quickly so another coat can be applied about 30 minutes later. I always sand lightly with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats which makes the resulting finish feel like velvet. You want to apply at least 3 coats of this finish to your piece in places that won’t see much wear and 4-5 coats on table tops and other areas that will see the most wear.

My last tip is to let this finish cure at least 3 weeks before placing heavy objects on top of it and at least a week before placing light objects on top. I know it seems like it is a long time to wait but if you do you will be left with a very durable finish that will withstand every day use.

 

Well there you have it. If you haven’t tried these products before I hope you decide to give them a try. They make furniture painting and refinishing that much easier.

Where can you find out more about these products? For most of the products I have mentioned, you can just click on the link below each of the photos to go to Amazon (my affiliate sponsor),  Home Hardware or Lee Valley. For some of these products, you should also be able to find them at your local hardware store.

 

To read PART ONE of this post please click here.

 

Well, I am off to rest my back. I hope to be back here in full force in 2-3 days. By then I should hopefully be back working on my projects again. Thanks for being so patient with me in the meantime. I appreciate that you take the time to stop by and read my posts.

 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

 

 

 

 

Some of the products suggested in this post are brought to you by my affiliate-sponsor, Amazon. Although it is a sponsored post written by me, all of the thoughts expressed about the suggested products are 100% my own and are of my honest opinion. Please take precautions when using the products I have mentioned and familiarize yourself with the instructions on the labels before use.

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It’s almost there! A buffet turned TV cabinet

It was some time ago that I had shared with you the before photo of this maple buffet here. My Mom lives out of town and although this cabinet was painted and clear-coated a couple of weeks ago, I was finally able to drop it off at her house last night. She was so happy that it was finally finished!

A little background on this buffet…I had picked it up for my Mom off of Kijiji from a couple who were selling some of their Mother’s estate items. They had really wanted to refinish it themselves but never got around to it.

I called up my Mom and she thought it would be perfect for her. She had been looking for a small buffet to use as a flat screen TV cabinet for quite some time. This cabinet was small like she wanted and the price was very reasonable. Nowadays, where can you buy a solid maple buffet at a store for $50.00?

The photo below is the actual photo from Kijiji. It looks to be in pretty good shape in the photo. Well, actually the bottom part of the cabinet was. The top of the cabinet was another story though. It looked like…

 

 

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Someone had tried to paint chalkboard paint on the top and did a really lousy job. That’s ok. I could live with that! I planned to paint the entire buffet anyway, so it was ok that it was a little rough around the edges.

A little tip from me..When you are out shopping for vintage furniture, don’t be turned off by a piece of furniture that is an ugly color, is too plain, is outdated looking, etc. As long the piece doesn’t require major structural repairs, try to look past the imperfections. With a little bit of elbow grease, some paint/stain and some embellishments, your piece of furniture can turn out to be beautiful!

 

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When I had asked my Mom what her vision was for this cabinet she said that she just wanted it updated with some turquoise paint and new hardware. I could have easily added some wooden appliques to the doors, distressed it like crazy or attached some extra molding. See, she already has some cabinets with appliques in her living room and she thought that something a little more simple would help to balance everything out.

When I brought the cabinet over to her last night she was so excited. She loved it! Then she called me tonight and said, “You know what Carrie? What if you added some stenciling or something to the front of the doors and drawers to give it some “oomph”?”  Awww, my sweet Mom! I should have went with my initial gut feeling from the beginning and just surprised her.

So the below photos are what my Mom’s buffet cabinet looks like now. Keep in mind that this is not the “final” look for this cabinet. I think it has already come a long way though! What do you think?

 

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Hmmmm… something still doesn’t look right here. There’s something missing isn’t there? Yes, the bottom handles on the cabinet are MIA! Darn!…my Mom had the handles at her house!

Last night I was just about ready to load her cabinet up into our truck when I decided that should at least take some photos of the cabinet mostly finished, even if the handles were missing and I wasn’t able to stage the photos. I am glad that I decided to take some photos then because by the time we arrived at my Mom’s house and unloaded her cabinet it was way too dark in my Mom’s living room to take photos. Too bad!

 

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See the cabinet above? This is my Mom’s old TV stand which is actually also a buffet.  The handles on the bottom of this cabinet are the ones she plans on using on her new turquoise cabinet. What do you think? Do you like them? They actually match perfectly with the old brass door brackets that came with the turquoise cabinet.

I was lucky enough to bring my Mom’s old cream TV cabinet home with me. I am not sure if I should paint it to sell it or if I should keep it. What do you think?

I love the metal mesh on the doors and the top folds out into a long surface used for serving food. It’s current color is a little too yellow for my liking so it will be my next painting project. Stay tuned for its makeover in the next little while!

 

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I love the crystal knobs that my Mom chose for her cabinet. She picked them up on clearance for $2.95 each at Anthropologie. I think they give the cabinet some lovely sparkle.

By the way in the photo above it looks like there are some white marks around the knobs. It is just the refection of the sun on the knobs.

 

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Here are some close-ups of the “bling”!

 

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Now for the finishing details…

I started off with stripping the top of this buffet to remove the black chalk paint-gone bad. I used my favorite paint stripper that I recently shared here.

This cabinet was primed and then painted with Behr Paint and Primer in One in Gem Turquoise mixed at 50%. I decided that I needed to age the turquoise a little bit so I mixed up some glaze with the Gem Turquoise and Martha Stewart’s Araucana Teal. This helped to bring out the distressing I had done and highlight the moldings. I then coated the entire cabinet with four coats of my favorite top coat in a satin finish.

 

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Here is the color sample of Behr Gem Turquoise #500-B4. Keep in mind that I mixed my paint color at 50% so it is half as strong of a hue as it shows in the paint sample above. Another reason why my Mom’s cabinet is a slightly different color than the paint chip is because I did an aqua glaze over top of the Gem Turquoise. I love Gem Turquoise though; it is a beautiful color.

 

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I love the curvy recessed doors on this cabinet…

 

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and the apron-detail at the bottom. I love me some curvy furniture!

 

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I tried to take photos that were not in direct sun but it didn’t work out too well. The sun really washes out the color here so it is a little brighter than it is in real life. It is really a nice medium-toned turquoise.

 

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I decided to leave the inside of this cabinet unpainted to save me a bit of work and it was in really good shape anyway so why mess with a good thing? I added a hole at the back so my Mom could pass her electrical cords through.

She plans to place her DVD player, her collection of DVD’s, and her magazine files on the shelves and I think in the end she will get some great storage out of this cabinet. When she wants to watch a movie she can just open the doors to use the DVD player and when she is all done she can close the doors and everything will be hidden from view again.

 

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If you are looking for a piece of furniture to turn into a TV stand, these small buffets are the perfect size for a small space. A bonus is that they are solid maple, no particle board to be found! These buffets are plentiful around here and can easily be found on Kijiji/Craigslist and at local auctions. You may have seen them before as a china cabinet with a hutch on top.

Why not make some use of  these outdated cabinets? Just remove the hutch and use them for your flat screen TV! They provide ample storage, they are very sturdy and are a great height for TV viewing.

Just paint one up to match your decor and you will have a stylish vintage TV cabinet and your husband/wife will also be happy because they will also have a functional piece of furniture.

 

Have I sold you yet?

 

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Please stay tuned for the final reveal of this buffet turned TV cabinet in the next couple of weeks.

I can’t wait to share it with you!

By the way, my Mom totally loved the little french stool that I painted for her and shared with you here. I think that is where her idea for a stenciled cabinet came from.

 

Until next time,

 

 

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Some of my absolute favorite products for furniture refinishing

Ever since I have been thinking about writing this post, I have had the lyrics from The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things” song stuck in my head… and I can’t seem to shake them. Haha! I am really aging myself, aren’t I?

 

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
           Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
           Silver white winters that melt into spring
           These are a few of my favorite things!   ….La La La La….

 

Um, ya!  I am such a dork!

 

Anyway…I digress.

 

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Thrifty Dresser Transformation

 

Recently, I have been working on making over a couple of pieces of furniture and I decided that I really want to share with you some of the products I use whenever I work on a furniture transformation. Not only do these products make my life a little easier, but they help me to create a professional looking finish every time I paint.

I am not sure if you have had a chance to try out some of these products before, but I highly recommend them. Maybe, they can help to make furniture painting an enjoyable experience for you too!

 

So, on to the first product…

 

 Circa 1850 Soft Strip 182044 Gallon

 

You may be able to relate to this one.

If you ever have had to strip a piece of furniture before, you will know that it can be a messy, stinky and sometimes a very frustrating job. Most paint strippers take a long time to work, or don’t work at all. They can also only be used in a very well ventilated area outdoors because they are so toxic and the clean-up is a real P-I-T-A!

My absolute favorite go-to paint stripper is Circa 1850 Soft Strip Stripper. It works like a charm for me and a little goes a long way with this stuff! I have had this bottle above for quite some time and it is still at least half full and I have used it on at least 2 buffet tops and a dresser.

Another huge bonus with this stripper is that it is made without extremely toxic Methylene Chloride or any caustics. It is not non-toxic, but it is a big improvement to regular strippers. It has a pleasant odor (no chemical smell) and it doesn’t make me sick or give me a headache like other paint strippers do (I seem to have developed sensitivity to chemical smells over the years because of the toxic cleaning products I used to use).

Please remember though, when using this product, you must still wear eye protection, a face mask, gloves, preferably the nitrile kind, and long sleeves/long pants. Keep in mind that this stripper is supposed to take paint off so you can imagine what it could do to your skin or your eyes if you get some on you! It would also be best to work with it near an open window or in your garage where there is some ventilation. Also, if you are making over an older piece of furniture, make sure you test for lead paint before stripping the paint or even sanding. Your health and your safety is the most important thing!

Finally, I have found that this paint stripper also has an easy clean-up. So helpful!

I won’t get into details right now about its application, but please stay tuned for my upcoming tutorial on how I strip furniture.

 

 

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As you may know, the majority of second-hand furniture that can be found today is very grimy and is covered in oils and other nasties that can cause paint not to stick, especially if it is a vintage or antique piece of furniture. Most people regularly use TSP (trisodium phosphate) as a preparation before painting their walls or pieces of furniture. The only problem with using TSP is that it is toxic to the environment.

I have found a safe alternative. It is called Natura Safe Prep. This stuff is the goods for sure! It is safe for the environment, safe to use, odorless and you don’t have to rinse it off like you do with TSP. It is also very affordable at only $4.99 for a Litre here in Canada. A little goes a long way with this stuff. I just put a couple of tablespoons of Safe Prep into a litre of warm water, wash my furniture piece with a rag, let everything dry and I am ready to paint. So easy!

 

 

Glidden Company GL3250 QT Gripper Gray Interior / Exterior Primer

 

Another product that I use on a regular basis is Glidden Gripper Primer. This is a wonderful bonding primer that also blocks stains. I use it on everything, even pieces of furniture with a very shiny finish. I just give the piece I am painting an all-over light sanding before applying this primer to give the wood a bit of “tooth”. To-date, I have never had a problem with my paint chipping off or the paint not sticking. I usually apply two coats of this primer, letting it dry well in between coats.

If I am working on a few pieces where I will be painting a similar color, I have my primer tinted closely to whatever color I am planning on painting. My favorite color for tinting is Behr Dark Gray. I can post the exact formula here if you like later today. Just let me know if you are interested!

 

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 3M SandBlaster 20400 Between Coats Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 400-Grit

 

What’s next? Carrying on!

Let me count the ways I love my 400 grit sandpaper! It is ah-mazing! This is a large part of why my finished pieces of furniture are as smooth as velvet or as soft as a baby’s little feet.  If you haven’t ever used 400 grit sandpaper to sand your furniture before, you are seriously missing out!

I like to sand with 400 grit sandpaper between each and every layer or finish that I apply, whether it be when I am priming, painting or topcoating. I especially like the 3M Sandblaster sandpaper above as it makes light work of what you are sanding.

What I like to do is take one of the sanding sheets out of the package, fold it in half down the middle and then in half again. I then tear the sheet into 4 where I have folded. Lastly, I wrap one of the torn sanding sheets around a rectangular sanding block. This makes a perfect sanding block which works wonderfully to sand the flat parts of your furniture piece like the top, the sides or the doors. I find this method is also cheaper than buying multiple sanding blocks because they wear out really quickly. This way I can re-use my sanding block just by adding new sandpaper around it. Don’t throw out your old sanding blocks! With some new sandpaper, they can be used again and again!

 

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 Hyde Tools 44280 Tack Cloth, 18Ó

 

What also helps to give your piece of furniture a flawless finish?

Tack cloths do! These little pieces of gooey cloth work perfectly for removing all of your sanding dust, bits of fuzz or any other nasties that will get stuck in your paint finish. They are so inexpensive (only $1.50 each) and find that I usually use at least two tack cloths per piece of furniture that I am working on. I tend to use one for the primer and paint layers and then I reserve a brand new one for the top coat layers.

I can’t say enough good things about tack cloths! To me, they are essential!

 

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Lastly, I have been buying these inexpensive dollar store paint brushes for at least 6 months now. These are not just any paint brushes from the dollar store. Why do I love them so much? First of all these paint brushes barely shed as compared to regular cheap paint brushes. I can finish an entire project and these brushes haven’t lost a single bristle or the odd time it only happens once. There is almost nothing worse than painting and having to pick bristles out of your newly painted finish.

These paint brushes are also super soft and very easy to wash. I love to use them for applying gel medium to my photo transfers (I use the biggest brush), applying Mod Podge to a finished project, doing touch-ups to my paint finish or for cutting-in on a piece of furniture before rolling the rest with a roller. Because these brushes are so soft, there are barely any brush strokes in my paint finish.

You can see my love for these brushes in my previous posts below.

 

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Framed Storage Box {How To}

 

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A Spring-inspired Photo Transfer Project – Tutorial

 

Where can you find out more about these products? For most of the products I have mentioned, you can just click on the link below each of the photos to go to Amazon (my affiliate sponsor) or Home Hardware or you should also be able to find them at your local hardware store.

I hope you found this review of my favorite products helpful. I really wish when had I started painting way back when that someone had told me what products they like to use because it would have saved me buying a lot of crappy things that didn’t work worth a darn. What a lot of money I wasted!

So please stay tuned for more product reviews. I plan to share some more of my other favorite products with you again soon.

 

UPDATE: To read PART TWO of this post please click here.

 

I would love to hear if you have used any of these products in the past and whether you like them or not. Also,  if you have any of your own favorites, we would love to hear about them!

 

As always, thank you for all your support, comments, Facebook likes, tweets, and pins this week.

 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

This affiliate-sponsored post has been written by me. All of the thoughts expressed about the suggested products in this post are 100% my own and are of my honest opinion. Please take precautions when using the products I have mentioned and familiarize yourself with the instructions on the labels before use.

You can read my full disclosure here.

 

 

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