(Closed) You talented diy ladies,I need your help!

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How would you refinish this hutch?
    Sand it down and stain it! : (15 votes)
    54 %
    Primer and paint! : (12 votes)
    43 %
    I have a better idea! : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Sanding and staining furniture can be a b*tch.  For some of our pieces, we used a combination of stripper and a sander.  I think it depends on the wood and how many layers of color the furniture has. 

    I like stained furniture, but from your post, it seems like painting may be the way to go for you.  Primer and paint should work well. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 4
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    You have two options, strip it or paint it. 

    Stripping it would be a huge pain in the ass, to be totally honest. I’ve only ever stripped one piece of furniture, a coffee table, and it took hours. Something that big with so many corners/components… it would be an all-day process probably. That being said, it would be beautiful once it is done. The paint stripper DOES work and I don’t believe it should damage the wood if you do it right. And a beautifully stained piece of wood is always gorgeous and timeless. 

    Painting it is much easier, but it will still take a few steps. First, you do have to sand it. Sorry. You can buy a block sander for a few bucks and go that route, but it would be a lot faster to just get a hand sander. You can probably rent one from your local hardware store and if not, I think they’re like $30. You don’t need to sand the paint all the way off but you need to make sure everything is smooth, there is no flaking or cracking, and the whole surface is a little bit scuffed (it will help the paint hold better). Then use Zimmer primer (2 coats probably) and the wood paint of your choice. 

    Post # 5
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I would probably paint it white, actually!  I love white furniture!

    Post # 6
    263 posts
    Helper bee

    You can rent hand sanders and other small tools at a lot of home repair stores, I think Ace rents them.

    Post # 8
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    what do you want it to look like when it’s done?  how will it match your room best?  you need to answer that before deciding to paint or stain.  they have 2 very different looks.

    the pp are right about staining – stripping is a bitch but if you are patient and enjoy that sort of thing then go for it.  buy some stripper and rent a sander.

    even with painting it, you will need to sand it down a bit first before you prime it and then paint it.

    the other option is to hire someone to do it for you.  it won’t be cheap but it will look professional.  you can always get some quotes.

    good luck, i’m sure it will be beautiful when it’s done.  the picture looks great.

    Post # 9
    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You use the hand sander for the flat parts..  All the nooks and crannies you have to do by hand.

    Post # 11
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My dads a cabinet maker so I’m a professional sander… not by choice haha.  Anyway make sure the sand paper you use has a pretty fine grit otherwise you’ll end up with scratches in the wood when you repaint it.  Also make sure you sand with the grain of the wood, NEVER against it. 

    If you use stripper, you strip then sand. 

    Post # 13
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If you go to a hardware supply store they should be able to tell you what stripper would work best maybe even try to peel of some of the paint to show the person in the store, I’m not sure if oil based paints would require a different type of stripper, but I would imagine they would. 

    Using a stripper is a BITCH I have never done that myself, just sanding, but you should google best ways to use a stripper.

    Personally I would just sand the whole thing down, either way its going to be a TON of work.

    Post # 14
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    oh and if you need to sand in little corner, just wrap the piece of sand paper around something hard typically I use a mica sample or piece of wood, but anything could work, I wouldnt suggest wrapping you sandpapaer around a credit card, but if you had an old one, that was be just like wrapping it around a mica sample.

    Post # 15
    5763 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Since its already painted, I’d take the easy way out and prime and repaint it. Stripping it down to the bare wood may not give you what you think it will. It may be a piece that was made with mismatched or scrap wood and was always meant to be painted. You won’t know until you begin (and have to finish stripping), and then you’ll end up priming and painting it again anyway.

    It happened to us when we stripped layers of white paint off our woodwork and door trim. It was pieced together with different shades of wood, so had to be repainted to look nice.

    Post # 16
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    What about taking it to a professional furniture restorer/re-finisher? My mother-in-law does this all the time with estate pieces/random furniture she finds. I think it can be costly, but the place she uses does a beautiful job! 

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