Finding a way to apply topcoat (poly) or stain without the bits of lint embedding in the finish is not an easy task. Here’s a trick that is really useful! It just takes TWO items: Inexpensive applicators (these were bought at Walmart for $1.50 for two) and a nylon knee high** (I buy the value size box at Walmart)! Read the captioning to see how to create a lint-free finish applicator! Read more
These sponge applicators** are great for applying water-based polys/topcoats! The finish is smooth as glass, nary a ‘lap’ mark or streak! They clean up great with soap and water. I also put water based stain on with one and it was great for that too!
I’ve not tried them with oil-based wiping polys or topcoats as I’m not sure how they would clean up. I’m thinking mineral spirits would destroy the sponge or pretty much melt/dissolve it.
They are $4 for 2 at Walmart and while that’s not terribly inexpensive, they give such a pretty and smooth finish that you won’t regret the purchase. If you use a wiping poly (are there any that are water-based?), I bet they would be great for those as well (water based ones). Below is how it looks out of the box. They are not terribly large but I was able to topcoat a large side table quite easily with it!
I’ve been doing a comparison of different backgrounds for staging my furniture, this dark chalkboard that I painted in my garage for my daughter to doodle on a few years ago, is my latest to get photographed, would you do a dark wall?
So you just refinished a beautiful piece and now you want to stage to it so you can take pictures and highlight its beauty. Well there really is no magic formula ~ but there are a couple simple techniques and tips I’d like to share. . . First, think of your piece as if you were going to place it in your home, how would you decorate it? Read more
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How many times have you seen a lovely mid-century piece of French provincial furniture advertised on Craigslist or Facebook as an ‘antique’ or that interesting 1930s waterfall chest of drawers described as a beautiful antique chest of drawers? I have, too many times to count. Read more