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How To Give Your Wood An Ultra, Smooth-As-Silk, Finish

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I have a secret tip to getting that ultra, smooth-as-silk-finish that you see on so many high-end furniture, such as Pottery Barn, RH, and Ethan Allen.
Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
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This is my finished piece of furniture where I added a planking to the top.
  • how to give your wood an ultra smooth as silk finish, how to, painted furniture
I started with select pine wood boards, stained them; and then I applied one coat of Minwax Wipe On Poly. After it dried, I sanded the boards with a fine grade of sandpaper and then applied a second coat of Wipe On Poly. I sanded a second time with very fine grade sandpaper and then put on my third and final coat of Wipe On Poly. After this third coat dried, I did something that's pretty amazing!
  • how to give your wood an ultra smooth as silk finish, how to, painted furniture
I found a heavy brown paper bag and cut a section from it. Anything that's heavy with no prints or dyes should work, but I've usually have used brown paper bags from the grocery store or heavy brown lunch bags.
  • how to give your wood an ultra smooth as silk finish, how to, painted furniture
Fold your cut piece of brown paper and start sanding over your boards. The friction from this movement will provide the smoothest finish for your wood. As you start sanding with your paper, you'll be able to rub your hand over where you just were and than rub it where you haven't sanded yet and feel the amazing difference. Even now, as I go into our room, I can't help but to keep feeling the top of this dresser. It's beyond AWESOME and it doesn't cost anything!
  • how to give your wood an ultra smooth as silk finish, how to, painted furniture
To see more, go to my blog: http://theredpaintedcottage.com/2016/08/how-to-add-a-planked-top-to-furniture-with-a-freebie-finishing-tip/

Materials I used for this project:

  • Wood   (Home Depot)
  • Minwax Stain   (Home Depot)
  • Minwax Wipe On Poly   (Home Depot)
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To see more: http://theredpaintedcottage.com/2016/08/how-to-add-a-planked-top-to-furniture-with-a-freebie-finishing-tip/

  • Ruth Gamage Scott

    Have refinished furniture many times and use paper bags for the final step as paper bags are the finest sandpaper there is.

  • Anna
    Anna Victorville, CA

    When I used acrylic paint on my bathroom vanities I used brown lunch bags for my final 'sanding'. I found grocery bags to be much too rough. They ended up smooth as glass.

  • Blindsgalore
    Blindsgalore San Diego, CA

    What a good tip to know. Thanks for sharing, this will make a big difference in my upcoming projects.

  • Sally Webster
    Sally Webster Lake Jackson, TX

    OMG I have refinished many old oak pieces over my 73 years. I always put 3 coats of Minwax Polyurethane on all the horizontal surfaces with very good results. I am going to use the paper bag trick on an old oak dresser that I thought had a nice

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Thanks for the information, I am just finishing a profect so will be trying this!

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