Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Important Questions

Feel free to weigh in whether on not you have any expertise.

Guys, is my apartment big enough for a party? I want to throw myself a birthday party like I did last year, but my apartment is a fraction of the space and I probably have doubled the guest list. Should I just have it at Soda or something? I really prefer house parties to going to bars.

Also, does anyone have any experience refinishing furniture? Or, could anyone be persuaded to get some quick and dirty experience refinishing furniture by helping me with a project? I'm eager to give it a shot but my father is certain I'll make a disaster of it and probably asphxyate myself in the process.

9 comments:

timmy said...

if i were anywhere in the area i'd help you out, cupcake...i CAN probably give you a step-by-step if you need it, though...

Anonymous said...

If you need any help Im here for you - I come with tools too! I will be at Happy Hour tomorrow and if you will not be there just give me a buzz or PM me - you know where :)

Stacey

Cupcake said...

I'll put up a full post with photos as soon as I get my internet hook up and camera online. It's a dresser painted an ugly shade of gray. Here's my understanding of the steps: Sand, prime, paint.

Considering that I am a gigantic wimp, will I be able to sand it by hand or will I need to purchase an electric sander? How much of the paint do I need to sand off? All of it, or just smooth the surface?

Thanks!

Kari said...

When is your birthday?

timmy said...

La Nance,

there's more than one way to strip a cat - i mean furniture...

You hit on one: sand, prime, paint
Another way: Strip (like nail-polish remover), Prime, Paint is also an option.

Either way, you are going to need at least one window (you have a window, don't you?) and probably some new tools.

If you go with option 1: you'll need two grades of sand-paper: rough 1st, then fine.

If you go with option 2, be sure to have some plastic gloves, putty scraper, and an old toothbrush (for the details)

If you're just painting it over, then give it a medium-grade sanding and go nuts. If you're staining it with a poly-based/semi-clear color, you might want to strip/sand the entire thing and give yourself a blank canvass.

Cupcake said...

Kari, my birthday is January 29th. Same as Oprah. I hope to get a nice pair of mittens for my birthday. Or not. No pressure. Ash Wednesday is also coming up. That's a nice day to get mittens too.

Cupcake said...

Okay, here's how it went down last night. I took one of the draws out of my dresser that I am working on. I sanded it with a medium grade sand paper (by hand). I wasn't trying to strip all the paint off, just make a smooth, even surface. I vaccumed the dust then applied the paint samples directly (one lavendar that was more blue based and one that was more pink based).

Now, here's my question: the paint looks great, so do I really need to prime? I'm going to go with the shade with blue undertones. Also, about how long do I have to let the paint dry between coats. Timmy, you know that I am the most impatient person ever, so this is what really kills me.

Kari said...

Whoa ho my cupcake friend, you are SO going to get mittens for your birthday - and maybe even before then!

Stacey said...

You should prime before you paint because it allows the paint to go on uniformally (sp?). If you paint without primer (depending on the material you are painting) the paint tends to get soaked up into the item you are painting. If you are staining or finishing wood then it is important that you strip off all old paint/finish. I have used an paint stripper and then sanded down the area. If you are finishing/staining make sure you sand between each coat you give. This helps the stain "hold" on to something.
Oh yeah - I usually wait about 1-2 hours before I put on a second coat (as long as the first coat does not feel sticky or tacky).