In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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How To Prep And Refinish Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is very versatile, as it can be sanded down and refinished over and over again with stain or paint. Repairs can also be made to wood furniture (if you're handy with woodworking), to keep your furniture piece looking like new. If you're wondering how to prep and refinish a piece of furniture you have in your home, see the tips and instructions below to help you.

Furniture Prep Directions

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Liquid deglosser
  • Sanding block (fine and coarse grit)
  • Wood filler
  • Clean rags


  1. Begin by going over the piece of furniture using liquid deglosser. The liquid deglosser helps to strip the glossy shine and most of the stain or paint that is on a piece of furniture. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the deglosser and go over the entire piece of furniture. Be sure to get into any grooves and crevices with the deglosser. You want the new stain or paint to adhere properly to your furniture, which it cannot do if you don't use the deglosser properly.
  2. Next, you need to go over the piece and look for any damage. Fill in holes, cracks or dents with wood filler. You can find wood filler that looks and feels like a putty that is easily applied with your fingers or with a putty knife. Read the directions to see how long to allow the wood filler to dry before you can sand it down evenly.
  3. Once the wood filler is dry, go over the piece with a medium grit piece of sandpaper (or sanding block). Sand down any rough spots and the areas filled with wood filler. Add more wood fill if need be to even out the area (sometimes the wood fill can settle down into the hole/crack/dent). Repeat the drying and sanding process if you needed to add more. 
  4. Sand down the rest of the furniture piece using a fine grit sanding block (again, be sure to go over the entire piece). 
  5. Once you are finished sanding, use a rag to wipe off any sanding dust. You can also use a tack cloth (which is slightly sticky) to help get up the sanding dust.

Furniture Refinishing Directions

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint or stain
  • Clean rags


Depending on how you want to refinish your piece (using stain or paint), how you refinish it will be different.

  1. Stain: Choose a color of stain you like (test it out on an inconspicuous area first to see if you like it), then begin applying the stain with a paintbrush or a foam brush. Allow the stain to settle into the nooks and crannies of the wood, then wipe it with a clean rag. This helps push it deeper into the wood. Repeat all over the wood furniture, then allow it to dry. Add a second coat if you want a darker look.
  2. Paint: Choose a color of paint you want to use. There are a number of types of paint you can use, but the best types are chalk or latex paint. Chalk paint does not need a primer, but you may want to use one with latex paint. Chalk paint may require the use of wax once the chalk paint is dry. Apply the primer for the latex paint, then allow it to dry. Then apply the paint to the entire piece, allow it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. For chalk paint, apply in even coats all over the piece using light coats and allow it to dry. You may need a second or even third coat of chalk paint. When the last coating is dry, apply a thin wax coating all over the piece. Chalk paint will give your furniture a chalky, vintage finish. 

However you end up refinishing your wood furniture piece, be sure to prep it properly so the paint or stain adheres properly. For more information, contact Painting By Jerry Wind or a similar company.