HOW TO GET A PROFESSIONAL STAIN FINISH USING THIS [BEST] SANDER FOR FURNITURE REFINISHING | LILAC VINTAGE DESK MAKEOVER
Wondering how to get a pro stain finish on your furniture makeovers?
Today I’m sharing a furniture refinishing tool I CAN’T live without… my DeWalt 5″ Orbital Sander! It’s my workhorse that’s been put to the test for over 5+ years and on literally hundreds of furniture transformations. It scruffs up the surface to add ‘tooth’ when I’m creating a painted finish. It strips off old stain and paints in record time when I need bare wood for a stained finish. This sander is the easiest and fastest way [I know of] to prep for a professional stained finish.
I’ve created a short video below so you can see this workhorse in action! 😉
Here’s what I started with. The top of this vintage desk had some scratches and normal wear and tear from years of use.
Here are a few close-ups of the refinished top. You’ll notice the lip (or rounded edge) has also been stripped and stained to complete the look.
No harsh or smelly chemical stripper was needed and the entire top including the curved and rounded lip took me under 25 minutes to sand. I find sanding is way faster than working with paint strippers!
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BEST SANDER FOR FURNITURE STRIPPING & PRO STAIN FINISH::
Step #1:: Clean and Sand
I cleaned the entire piece with TSP and then sanded the top including the rounded edge lip with my favorite sander here. I started with an 80 grit – then 120 – then 220. The entire lip was sanded using 120 grit and then hand sanded with 220.
Step #2:: Wipe off Dust
Step #3:: Wipe with Damp Sponge & Apply Stain
Step #4:: Wipe Excess Stain off With Shop Cloth
Once I’ve applied the stain, I wipe it off with a shop cloth. Love using these because they are lint free and super durable!
Step #5:: Topcoat and Protect
After staining and waiting 24 hours for the stain to dry, I protected my stain using this waterproof durable topcoat here.
What do you think?
The funny thing is when I first bought this sander I didn’t even use it. It sat on a shelf for almost a year. At that point, I was really attached to my palm sander and I didn’t realize the capabilities of this tool.
I never thought I’d be the type to get excited over a sander but after having this workhorse in my furniture refinishing arsenal – I swear I wouldn’t go without it. It has saved me a ton of time, effort and money so it has definitely been worth the investment I made over 6 years ago!
I hope some of these tips help you get a gorgeous stain finish on your furniture. 🙂
So 2 down and 1 to go. If you missed last weeks Floral Dresser Makeover you can check it out here!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR FAVORITE SANDER IS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS LILAC VINTAGE DESK MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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