By Barbara Blair
Furnishings Makeovers indicates the best way to remodel drained furnishings into gorgeous showpieces. You'll by no means examine a hand-me-down cloth cabinet an analogous method back! The e-book deals 26 easy-to-follow ideas that may be utilized to all sorts of items, from bookshelves to desks: portray, utilising gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and extra. as well as the center concepts, writer and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair stocks 30 attractive before-and-after makeovers from her studio and descriptions the way to in attaining each one glance. With priceless step by step images, a visible word list explaining the entire instruments and fabrics wanted, and a beautiful modern aesthetic, furnishings Makeovers is a treasure trove of rules and guide for the house decorator.
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Additional info for Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More
Using an orbital a b sander will take much less time than hand sanding, and will leave the surface in better condition for accepting paint. Be sure to wear a dust mask and safety glasses when using an orbital sander to protect your face from flying debris. Let the sander do the work for you, and do not press into the wood. Pressing too hard will cause the sander to overwork, and damage the surface of the piece. Be sure that you use a very fine sanding pad when doing prep sanding so that you do not eat all the way through the finish down to the bare wood.
It can take some paints several hours to dry properly, so make sure you read the directions and follow accordingly. If you would like a really distressed look, use an orbital sander. If you choose a lighter, more hand-done distressed finish, use a fine sanding sponge. The goal here is to create an authentic and timeless look, so be careful to avoid large distressing “holes” or gouges, which are very harsh, or unnatural spots in the paint finish. A good rule of thumb is to distress hard edges, protruding detail, curves, around the hardware, edges of drawers, and any areas that would normally get lots of usage markings.
You need to work quickly to ensure that the finish is smooth and authentic looking. Wax is my finish of choice when I want to add natural age and depth to a piece without adding a lot of shine. Before you start, make sure your furniture piece is painted (see page 52) and ready for the waxing process. 58 Furniture Makeovers Materials Sanding sponge, fine grit Plastic Gloves Wax brush OR Paintbrush, Purdy White China Brush Series Waxes, clear and dark (see tip) Shop towels continued . . Techniques // Waxing over Paint 59 a b tip tip 1 c better to have a 2-to-1 ratio of clear to dark for the best results.
Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More by Barbara Blair