Hi all! I hope that it is as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is here in Ohio! The weather has been absolutely unbelievable. With all this beautifulness (boy, the spell checker is going bonkers with that word) I’m sure you have been throwing around the idea of getting out the power tools and building. And if you are, you will certainly be getting out the sand paper because it is an unavoidable part of the building process.
Have you ever priced the sanding blocks at the stores? I have. And they never end up in my cart at the checkout line because of that. The Hubs and I differ a bit in that area–we are both pretty thrifty, but when it comes to home improvement projects, he doesn’t balk at getting things that might be helpful, whereas I tend to “make do” without them. So that is how I ended up with some ready-made sanding blocks–they came home with him from the store
The ready-made version were great and is it my imagination, or do they seem to last longer without getting clogged up? Even so, I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money when they began to look like this:
This is an incredibly easy quick tip. Just cut a full sheet of sandpaper into fourths.
And crease the edges up at the edge of the ready-made block.
I’m almost embarrassed to post this, it is so easy. Almost. I don’t attach it in any way and it stays in place fine just by gripping the sides.
Don’t have a worn-out sanding block to use and don’t want to buy one? You can still make some really cheap DIY versions. I used this option until I found the ones the Hubs had already bought (I cannot recommend snooping in your husband’s garage stuff highly enough). Use some scrap wood–3/4″ thickness or more. Buy some cheapo craft foam (the kind that they have in the kid’s craft section at Walmart, JoAnn’s, etc.). If you want to be all fancy-schmancy, buy the self-adhesive kind, but I just used some scrap from the craft room. Cut the foam to the size of your scrap wood and use a quarter sheet of the sandpaper wrapped around it. That’s it!
If you can’t get enough of sanding blocks, here are even more options for your consideration:
As far as the kids’ bathroom project non-progress, I am beginning to have hopeful thoughts. I got a little jump of excitement in the belly when I was surfing for inspiration yesterday and it is the first that I’ve gotten that. It is what I have been waiting for, so I hope I can fan that little ember into a roaring fire of motivation. And SOON!!
Well I hope that I can remember what I had typed up for this post already. I was just clicking on the full-screen look on my dashboard to check it over before publishing and the post went blank. Yippee. Here goes try #2…
I got a post suggestion from a commenter recently:
I think you should do a post on how to do smooth finishes for painting. I’ve tried to do it on large surfaces but have failed leaving lots of roller or brush marks. Had to sand most of it down but the end result has not been as smooth as yours. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the post suggestion, Dustin! I’ll try to write about the process I use.
I start by sanding down everything with 220 grit. I use my electric finish sander if it is a large amount of flat surface
I love it. I can’t believe I made it!! The drawers work. It is the right size. All the stuff I worried about before I started turned out fine. It isn’t perfect, but remember my motto: Perfect is the enemy of done. And it’s done!
Okay, so I started painting the dining room chairs today. That voice inside my head kept telling me that I should wait until after our New Year’s Eve bash, but I just hummed over it and got out the sandpaper.
I couldn’t find my 120 grit that was recommended (how many places can I stash sandpaper in this house, anyway?) so I ended up sanding off the sheen that managed to survive the last 17 years with 150 grit.
I didn’t work too hard at knocking down the sheen–at the most it took 20 minutes. But I’m not kidding that a lot of this is worn off already. Remember this pic?
Then I got out the recommended foam brush, stir stick, and drop cloth and went to town with the General Finishes milk paint in Lamp Post black (or Lamp black? can’t remember what the exact name was right now).
The directions say to sand between coats with 320 grit after two hours in ideal conditions. I waited the two hours in our 68 degree house with low winter humidity and very lightly sanded before the second coat. For the most part, the second coat finished up the chair. I did have to touch up some areas with a light third coat to completely cover with the black. I really like this paint.
To distress or not to distress…deciding is distressing…
I would have said that I was positive I’d go with the distressed and glazed look before I actually attempted it. I’ll decide for sure once I’ve got some natural light tomorrow, but I’m leaning heavily toward just black with some satin sealer coat on top.
I got three chairs sanded, painted with two coats, and one distressed and glazed as well. I didn’t start until around 2:00 and I cooked dinner in there–so I probably spent roughly 5 hours on it today. That includes a lot of hemhawing about the distressing, taking pictures, and standing and admiring what I had done. I do that a lot during my projects–is that weird?
Furring strips. They entice you with their unbeatable price, looking beautiful in their perfect bundles of straightness. That is, until you cut one open. I swear, I actually heard a “boing” sound–straight out of the cartoons–when the plastic tie broke open on one particularly warped pack.
And accompanying their lack of conformity to straightness is their rough texture. But as I mentioned in Part 2, I was up for the challenge. At least I was on day 1 of sanding. On day 3 I couldn’t stand up straight and my hand had vibrated into uselessness. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here is my sanding partner. My Man bought this for me when I had to refinish Read More…
Ok, so you gathered up the supply list and now you are ready to jump in. A word of warning: this part is not fun. I did not enjoy this part of the project. But there is a bright side–after we completed a large part of our hardware, we (meaning my brilliant husband) thought of a much easier way to finish it up. Therefore, you will benefit totally Read More…