31 Days of Fabulous Furniture {Day 13: Prepping your Furniture}

    If you’re just joining us, this is the 13th post in a Series: 31 Days of Fabulous Furniture.  Read all of the posts here.

Once you’ve found the perfect piece of furniture to refinish, you’ll need to prep the surface for paint.  If you have your $5 How to Paint eBook you have a head start for today’s post. 

   Ready to get started?  Let’s make this furniture fabulous! 

 I’ll use this buffet that I refinished last year as my example to walk you through the steps of refinishing.

Solid Wood Buffet

  First, I removed all of the hardware from the piece.  I use ziploc baggies to keep all of the handles & screws together while I work.  Then, I use wood filler & 5 minute compound to repair any damage to the piece. 

 {These are explained in more detail in How to Paint Furniture} 

Once the glue & wood filler have dried, I use a mouse sander with an 80 grit pad to sand the entire buffet.  Once you’ve sanded the whole piece, you’ll wipe off all of the dirt and clean the piece. (I like clorox wipes for this, but even a damp cloth will work) 

  On older furniture, I use Kilz spray primer in the spray can.  It’s oil based, not messy, and much faster than the roll on kilz primer.  Kilz spray primer stops “bleeding” on older furniture as well- without primer, the older wood absorbs the paint and orange spots can appear all over your furniture through the paint. (and you’ll have to start over)  A can of spray Kilz primer is about $5 at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Walmart.  It looks like this:


  I’ve tried every primer, and this one is the best- hands down.  (Kilz doesn’t pay me, they don’t even know I exist- this is just my honest opinion)  If you have a piece of furniture with a veneer top, or something other than wood (like Ikea, Target, or even Pottery Barn Furniture) Kilz is the secret to getting your paint to adhere to your furniture.  Read our full post on How to Paint Laminate Furniture here. 

  Kilz can leave behind a gritty texture, and sometimes if you get too close you’ll have runs in your primer.  Don’t worry- a piece of 220 grit sandpaper rubbed over the whole surface will give you a smooth surface to work with.  If you don’t have 220 grit sandpaper handy- you can tear a square of a brown paper grocery bag- it works just as well.

   Tomorrow we’ll talk about painting your furniture…. it’s on it’s way to Fabulous!

Check out The Nester’s 31 Days Series on Lovely Limitations.  My favorite is Day 15: Disobey

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  1. Susan says

    What about in all the fine woodwork? All the nooks and crannys? How do you like to sand in there and remove the finish?

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