How to refurbish your furniture with Lignocolor paint products? / 1

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

We have recently repainted a pair of bedsides with Lignocolor paint products.

When it comes to refurbishing furnitures, for a lot of people the first thing to ask is: where do I start? Do I need to sand? What paints should I use? … but how to start? With this blog post, I would like to show you how easily we repainted a pair of besdsides using only Lignocolor paint products.

So where to start?

Step 1: Remove hardware and unwanted trim.

Using a screwdriver, we removed the drawer pulls and metal hardwares.

Step 2: Sand or not ot sand?

Do I need to sand? We have a great news for you: if you decide to use Lignocolor paint products, you don’t have to start with sanding your furniture as Lignocolor chalk based paints adhere to virtually any clean surfaces extremely well, whether it is glass, plastic, veneer, metal, timber, etc. (NOTE: if the finish of the piece you are painting is damaged, has rough spots, or chipping in any way, then always sand first. Sand those spots smooth before paining as smooth base = smooth finish.)

As I said, no sanding is necessary, however, we started repainting these bedside tables with sanding: we sanded back the top of the tables. We haven’t used Lignocolor Furniture wax on bare timber yet and we were very curious what the surface going to look like if we use our wax on it? So we sanded it with our sander and then we could start cleaning the bedsides.

Step 2: Thoroughly clean your item.

Our goal is to get a clean, dust- , silicon- and grease free surface. Very important step!

Our goal was to get a clean, dust- , silicon- and grease free surface. Cleaning your furniture is extremely important: the older your furniture the more time you need to spend to thoroughly clean it. If your surface remains dusty and greasy, your water based paint won’t adhere to it properly and you can have adhesion problem. Your paint can even crack on those unporepared surfaces, ruining your work right at the beginning… So we made sure we spent enough time with preparing the bedsides for painting. We used a mix of sugar soap and water in a spray bottle.

Step 3: priming with Lignocolor 2in1 Stain blocker & primer

Why did we use our Lignocolor primer? We didn’t sand the sides so we weren’t really afraid of getting bleed through (“bleeding” happens if tannins in wood interacts and discolour pigments in your paint: the result is visible on the surface of your furniture. Smaller and larger yellowish patches appear on the surface. Watch the short video about how effective our stain blocker is: we tested our water based, eco friendly stain blocker on a sanded mahogany dresser.

This time we used our stain blocker as this product is a great primer as well: it perfectly prepares the surface providing a matte, porous surface that is just perfect for painting. Using Lignocolor 2in1 stain blocker & primer primer we were able to save 1-2 coats of paint and got an even stronger cohesion between our furniture and paint. It is a highly effective, eco friendly stain blocker and we just love using it as a primer.

We applied two coats of it as we always do if we decide to use it (we don’t apply stain blocker under darker colours). After we applied the second coat, we simply washed up our brush under the tap. After we made sure our surface is perfectly dry, we could start painting!

Lignocolor 2in1 Stain blocker & primer is a clear primer.

Step 4: Painting with Lignocolor #lightgrey chalk based paint

First of all we stirred our paint very well. Lignocolor paints contain a large amount of high quality pigments. Pigments are responsible for coverage and colours: that is why Lignocolor paint coverage is that fantastic and have bright, gorgeous colours. However, due pigments are the heaviest ingredients in a paint product, the more pigments a paint product contains the more important to be stirred well.

We applied 3 coats of our popular Lignocolor Light Grey shade, which is a really smooth, light grey colour. We were very satisfied with the coverage and finish we got: this chalk based paint simply eliminates brush strokes!!! It is not a mineral paint, it is a chalk based paint and you still get a finish that you could only have achieved with the best (and most expensive) mineral paints so far… This is the second coat :

We loved the coverage of that light grey. Watch that short video about Lignocolor #lightgrey coverage made by Rani's Reloved Creations:

Then we applied the third - final coat.

Step 5: Sanding with Uni-Pro Flexible sanding pad “Fine”

Before we applied our wax and closed the surface, we gave a light sand to the surface with our ‘Fine’ sanding pad. We didn’t have to sand between coats only before finishing and still were able to get a perfectly smooth, flawless surface. Sanding with these flexible, washable sanding pads is so easy: it works really well around edges and corners. Teared off a corner of the pad and use it in the corners of the drawers. You can easily wash it in warm soap water and reuse it again.

This the final result we got: a very smooth, brush marks free finish that is ready to be sealed with Lignocolor wax or Lignocolor Shabby lacquer:

Step 6: waxing with Lignocolor Furniture wax 375ml

We choosed our Lignocolor wax as finish. Super simple to use: we applied only one coat with our Lignocolor wax brush, waited 5 minutes and then buffed it off with a used t-shirt. And that was all. Unlike any other wax products on the market, Lignocolor waxes dry in minutes (!). You don't get that "tacky" felling it all: a small amount goes a long way and people who don't like waxing falling in love with these waxes immediately. Love the natural, silky smooth finish we got:

Step 7: Waxing the top of the bedside tables with Lignocolor Furniture wax:

We applied the same way this wax on the top of the bedside tables. The only difference was that we had to repeat this simply two-step-process 4-5 times: wood grains absorbed more of the wax on our sanded back, bare timber surface:

And the end result:

We really enjoyed working with these wonderful products and these are the 3 main reasons why we highly recommend anyone - DIY beginners, small business owners or DIY enthusiasts - to try out Lignocolor:

1. Super easy to use products

2. They go perfectly with each other: stain blocker with the paint, paint with the brushes, etc.

3. Excellent coverage, no brush marks, eco friendly, sustainable products, affordable prices: if you are about refurbishing your piece of furniture, Lignocolor is one the best DIY painting brands to try.

Thank you so much. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Kind Regards, Krisztina

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