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 …

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 …

Homemade Paint Deglosser: 3 Solutions

Preparing your furniture surface before repainting it is key. Oftentimes, you need to sand the surface to ensure that the new coat of paint or primer sticks to it properly. However, sanding takes a lot of time and effort. Fortunately, you can degloss old paint instead of sanding it. Deglosser takes much less time to prep a wood surface for …

What to Know Before Painting Over Zinsser 123 Primer

Although you can get away without priming in some cases, it’s always best to use a primer to make your paint coat more durable. Primers also improve paint adhesion and protect your surface from bleed-through, especially if you’re painting over wood with high tannin content. Zinsser 123 primer is one of the most popular primer products and it’s available at …

Citristrip Paste vs Gel

Citristrip is a low-VOC paint-stripper product. Its environmentally-friendly formula makes it safer to use than other stain and paint strippers. And for what it’s worth, the product has a lovely citrus smell, which makes it pleasant to work with.  Citristrip offers a gel and a paste-stripping compound. Although these products are similar in many ways, there are some important distinctions …

Which Zinsser Primer to Use? A Side-by-side Comparison

When painting on wood or any other surface, priming is usually necessary for the best results. This is especially true for untreated wood or new drywall. A coat or two of primer paint is key to make sure that the paint adheres well to the surface. It’s important that you choose the right primer for the job. And when it …

Yellow Stain Coming Through White Paint: How to Fix

White paint is a timeless choice for any paint job. It brightens up walls and furniture and it compliments practically any type of home decor.  However, white paint and other lighter paints tend to be susceptible to bleed-through. Bleed-through from unsealed wood underneath can turn a good looking paint job into a disappointment.  In this post, we’ll share how to …

Cleaning Wood with Mineral Spirits Before Staining

Wood staining is a popular way to enhance the natural beauty of wood and protect it from damage. However, before applying any stain, preparing the wood surface properly is a must. Stripping away grease and grime is key, and mineral spirits is one of the best materials for this purpose.  But how should you use mineral spirits before applying finish …

How to Paint Mahogany Furniture

Mahogany wood’s beauty distinguishes it from other types of wood. On top of its rich dark color, mahogany is known for its durability. Nevertheless, if you have recently picked up a used mahogany piece of furniture to flip, or if you have an old mahogany piece that you would like to breathe new life into for your home, you may …

How to Disinfect Wood Furniture Without Damaging the Finish

All furniture needs a good cleaning every once in a while. However, you should be careful about what solutions you use to disinfect wood furniture. Certain chemicals can be damaging to the finish and can turn a good-looking finish into a blotchy, half-dissolved mess that can be easily wiped off. Fortunately, there are a few solutions that are excellent for …