Any one know how to refinish cheap furni

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Any one know how to refinish cheap furni
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Thu, 06-09-2005 - 3:53pm

OK, ran out of room! Does anyone know how to refinish cheap (mdf and ? maybe pressed on wood stuff) furniture? We got ds new furniture for his bedroom and I have his armoire and dresser just sitting in the office...It's made by Sauder...you probably know the stuff. I'm not exactly sure what it's made of-it doesn't have the seams like an actual laminate, but it's something along those lines...I was thinking primer and paint? Should I try stripping it instead? I'd love to reuse it, but it's got a cherry finish and doesn't match any room in our house! Any experienced do-it-yourselfers out there??? Thanks!!!


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Registered: 06-06-2005
Thu, 06-09-2005 - 4:11pm
I would try sanding it a little, cleaning it up, then painting. I don't think you can really strip it, but if its anything like my boys' furniture, it's too slippery to hold paint real well unless you sand. :) HTH!




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Thu, 06-09-2005 - 10:02pm
I agree :)

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Thu, 06-09-2005 - 11:45pm
Thanks you two!!! I can't wait to get started!!! (Send me sticky paint vibes, k? lol)
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Fri, 06-10-2005 - 7:36pm
Jill have you started doing this yet?

Snowman Siggy

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Fri, 06-10-2005 - 7:52pm

I wonder if you could seal it first then refinish it?


   
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Fri, 06-10-2005 - 8:44pm

LOL Kathie, no I haven't started yet!!! (That's funny because it takes me FOREVER to start a project let alone finish it!)


There are a couple of scratches in it, but it doesn't really look like cork. I think it's some kind of pressed wood...Now that I'm looking closer it looks like the stain/finish might be painted on! (Is that possible?) I really don't know much about stuff like this. They were about $300 each and are pretty good size, so I'm guessing it's pretty cheap stuff...What do you think? Does this help any?


Hey Kathi (cmkathi) what kind of sealer are you thinking of? (I hate going in there and confusing the poor salespeople!)

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Sat, 06-11-2005 - 1:33pm

Hey Jill, as long as it looks "painted" on and is not a "paper" pasted onto the furniture, you can sand it just a little, enough to rough it up. Don't sand it all off though. Then use primer and then you can paint it.

We have a lot of handy"people" in our family, lol. If it is a kind of paper backing on it, then you can't refinish it. :( HTH!!! Sorry I wasn't as specific before, but this is what I meant.





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Sat, 06-11-2005 - 3:12pm

That's an idea Kathy, the only thing I was thinking though is that the two sealants might not mix.

Snowman Siggy

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Sat, 06-11-2005 - 4:34pm

You'll probably read my other post before you get to this one, so I won't type it all over again.

Snowman Siggy

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Sat, 06-11-2005 - 4:44pm

LOL, you guys are awesome! Pros!!! I didn't even know "furniture refinishing classes" existed! I would SO love to take one! I love to refinish/reuse old stuff. We just moved into this house last August and it was in pretty sad shape. We don't have a lot of money to be fixing it up from scratch right now, so I'm trying to just recycle the old stuff! I'm having so much fun with it!!!


OK, now I've got all kinds of new things to think about here...I was initially planning on just a cream/off white color...hmmm. And Kathie, were you saying I need to find an OIL based primer? Do they make those in spray cans? lol

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