Furniture Finishes

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A set of blue shabby chic chairs.
How to Give Furniture a Shabby Chic Makeover

Have a boring piece of furniture? Give it new life with a shabby chic look in 5 steps.

A scratched piece of wood.
How to Fix Furniture Finishes

Get your wood furniture looking like new.

sanding furniture
Wooden Furniture: Simple Sanding Guide

Use the right paper, tools, and techniques.

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Gel Stain And Wood: What To Know

A gel stain finish is an excellent choice for any woodwork project.

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Varnish Info

Now when I say "varnish," I do not mean polyurethane. Varnish as a finish is really quite old.

A woman spray paints furniture.
Answering Furniture Painting and Finishes Questions

All your questions about furniture painting answered.

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Four Uses for Folding Room Dividers

Folding room dividers are an innovative decorative option that is gaining popularity in many homes.

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7 Benefits to Owning Portable Room Dividers

Portable room dividers are becoming more popular.

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DIY Distressed Leather Sofa

Scuff up some comfy shabby chic.

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Wood Furniture Finishes: Pros and Cons of Shellac

Shellac, one of many wood furniture finishes, is a resin made from the lac bugs of Southeast Asia.

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Water-Based Polyurethane vs Oil-Based Polyurethane

Polyurethane comes in both oil based or water based formulas.

a shiny can with a foam brush on a stained wood surface
Pros and Cons of Polyurethane Finish

It's one of the oldest wood treatments in the world.

A garden bench.
How to Waterproof Garden Bench Cushions

Garden bench cushions are great in the summer.

Applying a finish to a wooden chair
Tung Oil Info

It offers benefits no other finish can match.

Adding a finish to a wood rocking chair
Clear and Opaque Finishes for Wood

The success of your completed project might depend on choosing the right finish for the job.

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Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Wood

Wood Stain Is available in oil-based, water-based and gel formulations.

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Types of Furniture Finishes

There are many different ways to classify furniture finishes.

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Polyurethane Foam Dangers and Health Risks

One of the most common materials used in furniture and mattresses is polyurethane foam.

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Protect your Bar Top with Resin

After you've finished building your bar top there is still one last process that must be done to it.

Seeds and linseed oil
Oil Finish for Wood: Pros and Cons

Is oil the right finish for your project?

Linseed oil.
Boiled Linseed Oil vs Raw Linseed Oil

Using linseed oil is a great way to polish or finish your furniture. This handy guide will help select the one that is best for you.

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5 Types of Sliding Room Dividers You Can Build

Sliding room dividers are useful when you have a multipurpose space. The dividers are elegant, and provide a solution when you want to add privacy to a certain area in a room, to divide a room with 2 different destinations or just to separate larger areas. According to the space available, your room

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Build Sliding Room Dividers in 5 Steps

Sliding room dividers can provide a variety of advantages for a homeowner. They are especially useful in a small home where space saving is a greater need. In a home where privacy or a quieter environment is needed for studying or entertainment, these doors are equally as useful. Pre-built doors that

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Will resin protect my wood bar top from scratches?

Epoxy resin will give your wood bar top a beautiful and lustrous finish. It will also provide some protection from scuffing and light scratches to your bar top. The epoxy resin is virtually unbeatable when it comes to adhering. But, by itself, resin will not make your bar impervious to deep scratches,

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What is the best way to apply a bar top epoxy?

Using a bar top epoxy coating to protect your bar top and give it an attractive glass-like appearance can be a simple task. There are two critical steps to doing it correctly: 1) Prepare your surface and 2) Mix the epoxy. Applying it is important but not as critical. Preparing Your Surface Be sure your

A mattress with polyurethane foam.
How to Get Rid of Polyurethane Foam Odor

Polyurethane foam is used in mattresses.

foam brush next to a can on a shiny wood table
Differences of Satin and Semi-gloss Polyurethane Finishes

Choose the right finish to achieve the look you want.

A wood table.
How to Finish a Wood Table with Wood Wax

A waxed finish on a wood table looks highly luxurious.

A man uses varnish.
How to Wash Sticky Polyurethane Off Your Hands

Not all varieties clean up with soap and water.

Someone applying varnish onto wooden planks.
What Is the Best Way To Apply Varnish?

Consider the time for each coat to set.

A man adds wood varnish.
Water-Based Varnish: Pros and Cons

Water-based varnishes are used as lacquers and are made up of solvents.

A splatter of black ink spilled from an ink bottle.
How to Remove Ink Stains from Polyurethane Fabric

Ink stains can be tough to get rid of without the right tools and know-how.

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Polyurethane: Spray or Brush?

Working with polyurethane is something that you will have to do at some point when finishing furniture

A woman installs a finish on wood.
7 Safety Tips When Using Polyurethane

Polyurethane will create a good, hard finish on any wood you apply it to.

A paintbrush on top of a can of lacquer finish.
Guide to Lacquer Furniture Finishes

Lacquer is hard and glossy, but is also brittle so it may be dented or chipped.

Stain on a piece of wood with a brush.
Polyurethane vs Lacquer

Pick the best finish for your next wood project!

Dark handles contrast well against whitewashed kitchen cabinets doors.
How to Whitewash Cabinets

Get a brand new look for your kitchen cabinets with whitewash instead of stain.

A man uses varnish on a chair.
Pros and Cons of Varnish Finish for Wood

If you have a piece of unfinished furniture, you may be considering a varnish finish. This handy guide will help you choose the right one for your next do-it-yourself project.

Using a brush to apply stain to outdoor wooden furniture.
Eliminate Air Bubbles in Minwax Polyurethane

Improper technique when applying polyurethane can lead to imperfections in the result. Find out how you can keep your finish clear of this problem.

A can of polyurethane finish with an applicator on a wooden table.
Guide to Polyurethane Finishes

Polyurethanes are liquid plastic resins.