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

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
This is my finished piece of furniture where I added a planking to the top.
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!
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 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/

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Aug 18, 2016

    Super tip! I always put on at least three coats of poly, using a green Scotch Brite pad in between coats. Will have to try your bag tip! Thanks for the share.

  • Theredpaintedcottage
    Theredpaintedcottage Grand Rapids, MI
    on Aug 18, 2016

    Thank you for your awesome comment! I'll have to try the Scotch Brite pad on my next sanding project.

    • Nancy Flemming
      Nancy Flemming Canada
      on Aug 20, 2016

      Remember scotch brites have different coarseness (differentiated by colours), like sandpaper grain the green one mentioned earlier is very fine

  • Ggramma6
    on Aug 19, 2016

    Yes, that answered my question, thank you so much!

  • Tonya
    Tonya Martinsville, VA
    on Aug 20, 2016

    Wow!!! Thanks for the tip. I love learning new things.

  • RichandTammy Whiteside
    RichandTammy Whiteside Sewickley, PA
    on Aug 20, 2016

    My mind is totally blown away by this concept. What does the heavy brown paper actually do? I had no idea that it was capable of doing something like this. #DyingToTryIt

    • Theredpaintedcottage
      Theredpaintedcottage Grand Rapids, MI
      on Aug 20, 2016

      Thank you for your lovely comment! It's just the friction and you want heavy paper so it works. It's an oldie, but goodie method! No one I've talked to, even my husband, had heard of this before...LOL!

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