Select the Right Finish for Your Wooden Furniture Restoration Project

Remember a few months ago when I refinished a piece of furniture for our Master Bedroom?

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If you’re wondering what the hold-up is on revealing the finished Master,  it’s that I’ve found 2 more pieces that I want to refinish and add to the room! HA! A glutton for punishment I must be! And I’m learning more and more about how it works as I go along.

Transforming old pieces of furniture into shabby-chic masterpieces is a popular hobby for many people. It’s really easy to pick up an old table or chest of drawers for next to nothing. Often the piece will already be painted, but whatever the current finish is, with a little bit of effort on your part, you can give it a new lease of life and make it beautiful again. So what are the best finishes for wood?

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Fabulous Find! (Yes, another one!)

We’re moving from a home that is all carpet (other than the bathroom and the kitchen) into a home that only has carpet in three closets. While this will be FANTASTIC for our allergies, there is a lot of white tile and light-colored wood covering these floors…and we have a very black kitty cat. And let’s face it, I’m very anal when it comes to keeping things clean.

I was really wondering what I should do as far as a tool to clean these floors with! Just use a broom and sweep everything all the time? Then follow up often with a good ol’ mop? That would take forever! What about a steam cleaner? But I still need to get the dirt up first! Or could I just use the regular vacuum I already have? I used to have a Swiffer SweeperVac and I really loved it, but the battery was horrible, which translated into horrible suction, and I eventually got rid of it. But I really liked the size of it – maybe something like that?

After doing a bit of research, I finally came across something I thought might work: a 3-in-1 Vac from Bissell. The good thing was, it was only $20 at Walmart, so I figured, even if it’s horrible, I’ve only wasted $20…instead of investing a few hundred for something that I might not like. And it’s a Bissell – it’s bound to work at least KINDA good, right?

So I picked this little baby up from Walmart and headed to our new house to give it a good cleaning before we started moving things in.

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