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Woodcraft blogger and upcycler Lori Haught shares her Top 15 paint colors for updating furniture. See if your favorites made the list. 

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Outdoorfinishes2

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start getting out the outdoor furniture and decorations.  If they’re made of wood, you’ll want to be sure they’re protected from the elements before you put them out for the summer.  Wood left bare will gray from the sun, begin cracking and change shape; twisting, cupping or warping as moisture moves in and out of the wood.  Some woods handle the elements better than others but ultimately they will all succumb.

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Finish

Finishing is hard.  You spent hours matching the grains, cutting and fitting, perfecting joints, sanding to mirror perfection, and then you apply the finish and the trouble starts. 

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Distressed

Are you attracted to furniture with a past?  If you like pieces that look as though they’ve lived an interesting life you might want to try adding the distressed look.  An authentic looking, distressed finish can add character and style to many types of decor.

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Staindye

No, that’s not a motto for a crazed woodworker.  It’s a choice.  When you get ready to add color to your next project, stop to consider whether stain or dye will best enhance the look of the wood.

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Notjustjava

Have you heard about the new way to refinish furniture and cabinets?  You can avoid the messy, difficult and time consuming task of first stripping your piece down to bare wood.  Instead, with this technique you only need to lightly sand the surface and then coat it with a dark gel stain that covers the surface in uniform color.  The color is solid but the grain texture will still show through.

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Javagel

Have you heard about Java Gel?  It’s the latest rage in cabinet makeovers.  If you are tired of your cabinets, wood trim or wood furniture you can redo them without having to completely strip the old finish.

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Finishlast

One of the most difficult parts of woodworking comes after all the cutting, shaping and sanding is done.  Getting a good finish on your project is critical. The main criteria in selecting a product are that the finish provides the right visual / tactile effect and that it protects the wood.

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Finishfixes

It’s disappointing to discover a scratch, dent, watermark or burn on your wood furniture.  It seems no matter how many coasters you put out or how careful you are, sooner or later bad things happen.  Others may not notice, but once it’s there it is all you see.  The good news is that many furniture blemishes can be easily repaired without refinishing or calling in a professional.

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Lead

Are you are planning a remodeling job?  Be sure to consider the dangers of lead-based paints before you start.  A home renovation that disturbs lead-based paint can release dangerous amounts of lead dust into the air in the home.

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