Do you hate sanding and staining?
I can safely say it’s not at the top of the list of my favorite things.
So I’m going to show you a super easy way to skip those steps and still update your wood furniture.
Besides using chalk paint, I’m going to show you how to either refresh a piece of stained furniture or change the color completely.
…..and make it look like new. Without sanding.
Ok, well, that is not entirely true. You will have to sand. But only a little.
Promise. Just enough to take the shine off and that’s it.
So, not too bad, right? The finish was nice just not the right shade for me.
But it stayed like this for a few months until I decided whether I would paint or refinish it.
I decided to do neither.
I wanted it a darker color of stain but didn’t want to go through that whole process.
So I chose to use Minwax PolyShades.
I blended these two shades until I came up with the color I wanted.
I am always blending. I don’t think I ever just use something as it comes.
So, get some very fine grit sand paper to lightly sand the whole piece.
Just enough to remove the shine so the poly will have something to adhere to.
I don’t count that as sanding, by the way. So easy!
“Sanding” is that thing you do for hours with the electric sander. Ugh.
Wipe away the dust well then apply the Minwax PolyShades with a foam or bristle brush.
NOTE-I’ve used both to apply regular basic stain ~and~ the Polyshades. I will say a good quality bristle brush gives better control of product with poly in general (and is the only thing I use when applying any type of Polyurethane typically) Remember, the Polyshades does contains poly (poly and stain in one). So the choice is up to you. This was a small piece and I didn’t want to mess with clean up so I used a foam brush. But just to be clear, regular paint style brushes are easier especially if you are new to this product.
Here it is with one coat.
Sorry for the awful picture quality on this one.
I ended up doing about 3 coats, letting it dry completely (read the can!) and sanding very lightly in between coats.
If you just want to freshen up the color and shine you could stop at one coat.
I wanted this one a bit darker so I mixed in more of the dark poly and layered
the nightstand with two more coats. Several thin coats are much better than one thick coat….always!
I also did a quick update with 2 coats on this family room furniture….
taking it from an “orange-y” oak to a beautiful, rich deep espresso/walnut color.
Before/After of the coffee table…
(before pic is 9 years ago right after we moved into this house so excuse the mess. Note Winnie the Pooh. Aww, my son is a teenager now. Sweet memories.)
..and I only have an “after” of the sofa table. It was the same “orange-y” color before.
I think it is amazing stuff. Love the ease of it.
Here is another piece I did basically the same thing to.
Before…. (also $10)…..and after…(MinWax PolyShades on the drawer fronts, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Cream” on the rest)
These were all very easy projects using 2 very easy products that don’t require a lot of prep work.
I finished them in no time.
Definitely an inexpensive & quick way to transform an old piece you may already own or one you might pick up at a garage sale or thrift store.
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