How to Apply Wax to Chalk Paint

One of the reasons why DIY furniture flippers choose chalk paint is its beautiful chalky, matte finish. It can be easily distressed as well, making it a great choice for giving furniture a rustic, weathered look.  But the one major downside of chalk paint is that it’s not as durable as the other furniture paints. It scratches scuffs easily, and …

How to Remove Varnish From Wood With Vinegar

Wood varnish is a popular top coat for wooden furniture. It cures into a glossy, durable, and clear finish that not only provides protection to the wooden surface but also allows the natural grain and beauty of the wood to show through. However, there may come a time when you want to refinish your furniture. Either you want to paint …

Stain vs Paint Furniture: Key Differences to Consider

To paint or to stain? It’s one of the first things to consider if you’re thinking about upcycling or flipping furniture. Both methods give new life to your furniture and home. However, there are also advantages and disadvantages to either way. Knowing them can help you decide on the best choice for your aesthetic goals and practical needs. To learn …

Mud Paint vs Chalk Paint: The Key Differences

If you’ve been in the DIY furniture-flipping scene for a while now, you’d know that chalk paint is the paint of choice for many DIYers. It’s easy to work with, doesn’t require a ton of prep work, and the clean-up is easy too. And let’s not forget the chalky matte finish it has that gives the painted surface an aged …

Sanding vs Stripping Wood Furniture

Prepping the surface that you’re painting is an essential part of the painting process. Without the proper prep, your paint won’t adhere to your furniture well.  Sanding scuffs up your furniture’s surface enough to let a new coat of paint or primer properly stick. But sanding isn’t the only approach you can take to prep your wood furniture. Stripping can …

Do You Have to Paint Over Zinsser Mold Killing Primer

If your home has moldy areas, priming over them can certainly kill them off. While paint or multi-use primer isn’t designed to kill off mold, you can eliminate the fungus with Zinsser Mold Killing Primer, as a specialty primer. However, many wonder if painting is even necessary at all after using the primer first. Do you have to paint over …

7 Best Citristrip Alternatives

Citristrip has become an incredibly popular paint stripper. It’s non-toxic and, safer to use than most caustic, chemical paint strippers. It doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and it’s relatively affordable.  However, Citristrip certainly isn’t the only paint and stain stripper out there. In this post, we’ll cover the seven best Citristrip alternatives and where you can find them. Klean Strip Premium Stripper Klean …

Citristrip vs Klean Strip: The Key Differences

In some cases, priming an already painted surface is enough to ensure a new paint coat of paint will adhere well. However, if the old coat of paint is deteriorating, it is best to strip the paint. It’s also best to strip old layers of varnish before reapplying paint.  Perhaps the two popular paint strippers on the market are Citristrip …

Can You Use Wax Finish Over Stain?

Stains enhance color and highlight the grain patterns on wood. They also offer some protection from discoloration, moisture, and UV rays. However, stains are more of an aesthetic choice and don’t make wood more durable. Hence, finishes can be applied on top of stains for longevity and durability. Wax is an eco-friendly finish that also highlights the wood without changing …

Chalk Paint Techniques and Tips for Furniture

One of the biggest selling points of chalk paint is that it doesn’t require too much prep work. In some cases, you can even get away with not priming the surface. Chalk paint is also incredibly easy to clean up with just soap and water. But perhaps the greatest benefit of chalk paint is the numerous techniques you can use …