Asked on Jan 18, 2013

Refinishing furniture

Peace Painting Co., Inc.KMS WoodworksMary Insana


When refinsihing furniture, do you do all the painting indoors or outside? I'd love to give it a try, but am worried that tackling the project indoor would leave a huge mess with dust and paint spray. Outside, and I'm worried about the right temperature so the finish isn't a mess. I don't have a basement or workshop.
5 answers
  • Generally outside, but yes bugs, humidity & temp can be a factor If you want to do this inside - place a tarp or plastic on the floor & block off the HVAC vents. Grab a box fan & cheep 20x20 filter & place in the window. If you are using a power sander hook it up to a shop vac. Need more heat - grab a small electric space heater For more tips:

  • 3po3
    on Jan 19, 2013

    I would add that I would be worried about the VOCs and chemicals in a lot of the strippers, finish products and paints. The smell of a lot of these things gives away that they are not so healthy. For that reason, choose a moderate day and do it outside. That's my two cents.

  • Mary Insana
    on Jan 19, 2013

    I'm probably in the minority here but I've painted, stripped, stained and lightly sanded so many things in my dining room, yes dining room :) I put a layer of old newspapers down on the table, a cheap plastic tarp from the dollar store and then another layer of newspapers. I lay the article to be painted or stained on something to raise it up off the table, think, small boxes, flat bricks , I've even used canned goods ! I don't spray paint in the house though. I stripped all my kitchen cabinets this way, and just in the past month I stained and polyed 8 cabinets for my dining room.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 19, 2013

    With 9 months of winter I pretty much have to do all my work inside, I am lucky to have a basement shop that has a separate entrance and is not connected to the rest of the house by any normal means. It is unheated so I have to use portable propane heaters during the winter. I have done some refinishing work up in the main living room, because the heating process is time consuming. Most of my finish work is natural with wipe on products (stain, poly etc.) so there are no "spray" issues. a simple drop cloth works. I have a rigid palm sander that also connects easily to a small shop vac this allows sanding were 99% of the dust is sucked up

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Jan 21, 2013

    Yes, inside is okay. And besides what's mentioned you need to use a respirator. I would not think twice about going to Sher-Wms. or big box and purchase a professional 3M with replaceable cartriges for about $50. We have injested enough chemicals already and it will serve you a lifetime. Best, Charles

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