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
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!
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.
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!
Materials I used for this project:
- Wood (Home Depot)
- Minwax Stain (Home Depot)
- Minwax Wipe On Poly (Home Depot)