HOW TO SAND SPINDLES, CURVED CORNERS, MOULDINGS, AND DETAILED TRIM FAST AND EASY! | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Sanding spindles and curved edges on furniture can be a pain and VERY time-consuming. Today, I’m sharing my FAVORITE WAY to sand spindles along with tools that will help you save time and effort when sanding your furniture!
It’s also one of my favorite days of the month – Furniture Fixer Uppers Thursday. If you’re new to the #siblog, on the fourth Thursday of every month I join my blogging besties and share their furniture before and afters down below. Be sure to check them out and say hi!
Here’s the ornate thrift table I started with. I found it at a Mission Thrift Store selling for $14.99!
The top was stained, scratched, and chipped but this little table was still gorgeous.
Check out all the details on these beautiful spindle legs!
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SANDING TOOL LIST
$14.99 TABLE MAKEOVER
This table was A LOT of sanding and I should have started this project a little sooner than I did as you’ll see below. That said, I really hope the information in this post will help you save time, money, and some elbow grease when you have a project to sand.
CLEAN | SAND
I started by giving this table a good cleaning and then got right to the sanding. As you can see in the image below, this table top is veneer. The giveaway is the four seams that intersect in the center of the table.
To make sure I didn’t sand through the veneer, I used my Bosch Sander (this sander is 38% OFF as of writing this post!) and 320 grit sandpaper. The sanding takes a bit longer when using a fine grit, but well worth the extra time to be gentle with this top!
DREMEL TOOL FOR DETAILS
To sand the details under the lip and on the spindle legs, I used my Dremel. A Dremel is a power rotary tool that comes with a variety of ‘tips’ that you can swap in and out of this tool. Depending on what tip you use the Dremel can grind, clean, engrave, cut, polish, and SAND!
FLAP SANDING WHEEL
I bought this Flap Sanding Wheel from Canadian Tire which worked really well. This sanding wheel has a little give and worked amazing on some of the contoured profile edges as seen below. These wheels attach to any drill with a 1/4″ shank and come in a variety of grits.
3M BRISTLE DISK
This is a new tool for me and I was really impressed with how well it worked. Have you seen one of these in action?! I first learned about it while I was watching WeRefinish Youtube Video. The round bristle disk is 2″ in size and equivalent to a 50 grit.
The 3M Bristle disk is 52% off on Amazon as of writing this post. Unfortunately for me and my fellow Canadians, I didn’t find a sale. I paid the full price ($20) on Amazon.ca. That said, it’s well worth it. I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it on future makeovers. *Note, the 1/4″ disk pad holder is required to use this on a drill and is sold separately.
USING DUCT TAPE ON SANDPAPER
Here’s an old-school sanding hack that works AMAZING and is my favorite when sanding spindles! It works if you’re scuff sanding before painting OR sanding an existing finish off. All you need is duct tape and a sheet of sandpaper. I cut strips the length of the sandpaper but in varying widths. The duct tape makes the otherwise weak sandpaper super strong so you can wrap it around a spindle and pull on each end to sand! It works really well.
- Cover the entire back of your sandpaper with duct tape
- Cut lengthwise in a variety of widths
- Wrap the sandpaper around the spindle
- Pull on each end to sand the spindle smooth
This table isn’t 100% finished but I didn’t want to let down my Furniture Fixer Upper ladies or YOU! As you can see, there is still some detail sanding to finish and another coat of paint is going to be applied to certain areas as well… but I hope you see the gorgeous sanded and washed wood with all the potential of what it will be!
I wish I had started this project a day or two earlier. The truth is, even though the tools and techniques above are SUPER HELPFUL, sanding spindles, contours, and wood details is always more time-consuming than you think! Leave yourself ample time to get your sanding project finished. I’m definitely going to take my own advice. 😉
The top looks amazing and I’m really loving the raw wood look on the spindles as well. Even though she’s in her in-between stage, she’s looking gorgeous and I can’t wait to finish her!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 35.4K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links below to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
2. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this table in progress. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new sanding ideas for your projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE TOOLS LISTED ABOVE OR IF YOU HAVE ANY SANDING TIPS OR TOOLS YOU LOVE TO USE. I’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM! FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!