Total Time: 2 hours 9 mins 24 secs
Taught by Barb Blair
Learn how to give old flea market finds new life in this information-packed four-part series. Furniture makeover expert Barb Blair has more than a few refurbishing ideas up her sleeve, from selecting and preparing furniture to choosing and applying paint, and adding fun accents like wallpaper or color-blocked designs. In no time, you’ll be ready to head to the garage, grab your power sander, and fill your house with gorgeous, customized pieces of your very own design.
Beginner | 2 hours 9 min
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Furniture Refinishing
Part 1:
Furniture Refinishing: Sanding and Prepping
Barb Blair
Before you can apply a fresh coat of paint to a thrift store find, you’ll need to get the furniture ready for its transformation. Barb demonstrates basic prepping techniques on a vintage nightstand and coffee table, showing how to remove the hardware, rough up the veneer with sandpaper, fill hardware holes with wood filler, and clean and vacuum the surfaces. You will also learn how to tape off your drawers for clean, painted lines, and apply polyurethane to spots where you've added wood filler.
 
Part 2:
Furniture Refinishing: Painting Basics
Barb Blair
Now that you have prepped the surface of your furniture, you are ready to start painting. In this class, Barb demonstrates two of her favorite painting techniques. First, she shows how to apply two coats of latex paint to a wooden coffee table. Then, she demonstrates “milk painting” on a nightstand to create a textured, antiqued look. Barb gives plenty of tips for getting into those detailed areas and creating a lovely, finished look in either medium.
Part 3:
Furniture Refinishing: Paper and Decoupage
Barb Blair
Create a pretty pictorial effect on your furniture with wallpaper or high-quality giftwrap – no drawing skills required. In this class, Barb shows how to choose a wallpaper that coordinates with your base paint, and then demonstrates covering drawer fronts, adding a lining, and installing your own fun hardware.
Part 4:
Furniture Refinishing: Color-Blocking and Painting Techniques
Barb Blair
Want more creative ideas for designing furniture that pops? Barb shows how to paint a bold, geometric design on a coffee table, and demonstrates a couple of options for finishing your furniture using wax or wood stain. By the time you are done watching, you will have all the tools you need to create beautiful, custom-designed pieces for your home.
Learn how to give old flea market finds new life in this information-packed four-part series. Furniture makeover expert Barb Blair has more than a few refurbishing ideas up her sleeve, from selecting and preparing furniture to choosing and applying paint, and adding fun accents like wallpaper or color-blocked designs. In no time, you’ll be ready to head to the garage, grab your power sander, and fill your house with gorgeous, customized pieces of your very own design.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Part 1 Materials:
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Drill bit (choose size to work with your hardware)
  • Frog Tape or painter’s tape
  • Work gloves
  • Craft knife
  • Putty knife
  • Wood filler
  • Lint-free shop towels or cloths
  • Medium-grit sanding sponge
  • Power sander (optional for large flat surfaces)
  • Vacuum with a nozzle attachment
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • China bristle brush (for applying polyurethane)
Part 2 Materials:
  • Prepared wooden furniture
  • Latex paint in satin finish
  • Foam roller
  • 2 ½” angled sash brush
  • ½” coarse bristle brush
  • Paint tray
  • Shop towels
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paint can opener
  • Plastic bags for covering latex paint
  • Old-fashioned Milk Paint
  • Cup for Milk Paint
  • Painter’s tape
Part 3 Materials:
  • Furniture with non-paper surfaces
  • pre-painted with latex or Milk paint
  • New hardware to add to furniture
  • High quality giftwrap or wallpaper
  • Water-based polyurethane (if using giftwrap)
  • China bristle brush (for applying polyurethane)
  • Bowl for polyurethane
  • Mod Podge in Matte
  • Foam roller
  • Paint tray
  • Shop towels
  • Sanding blocks
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Paint can opener
  • Plastic squeegee or credit card for smoothing out wallpaper
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Double sided tape
Part 4 Materials:
  • Furniture pre-painted with latex paint
  • Frog tape
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Putty knife
  • 3 water-based craft or household paints
  • Tape measure
  • A couple brushes
  • Wood stain in Walnut
  • Brush for stain
  • Mineral spirits
  • Container for mineral spirits
  • Rubber gloves
  • Shop towels
  • Clear furniture wax (optional wax finish)
  • Wax brush (optional wax finish)
  • Sanding block
Learn how to:
  • Select furniture for refurbishing
  • Add fun accents to your finds

What you’ll get:
  • 24 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert instructor Barb Blair
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
1018 users recommended this class to a friend
Dale Brooks
The prep process was thoroughly explained. The instructions were clear and concise and possible outcomes were explained if instructions were not followed.
More than 3 months ago
Alicia Hackerson
Very well explained and demonstrated.
More than 3 months ago
Belinda Sisneros
ONE THING I could not stand, and has always been something I dislike is the sound of the SANDPAPER lol!!!! REGARDLESS, I Definitely agree with the words "Less is more." I love how much love and dedication you put into your work, that's what makes your ART so amazing. I FEEL like redoing furniture in a different way, your way, every which way is probablly one of the best forms of art work, that Ive experienced that takes more work other than of the average form of art, ALL though I've never experienced with glass blowing. It takes such hard work, dedication, and knowledge, that A lot of people dont realize its not JUST about slapping paint on something. very awesome piece of work BTW!!
More than 3 months ago