How To Prep/Paint Laminate Furniture! #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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This is a pretty common question that I get, so I thought I would show you how to paint laminate furniture today!

First, let’s start with understanding what laminate is.  Laminate is a smooth, non-porous product that is made to mimic the look of real wood.  It is basically a “picture” of wood that is been glued to particle/board or MDF with a clear protective layer on top of it.  Since laminate has a shiny surface and tends to be slick, it can be hard for paint to adhere correctly, so people tend to shy away from painting laminate because they are afraid the paint won’t stick.  Don’t worry though, you can make it work, just make sure you follow these steps before you paint over it.

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Step 1:  Wipe down your surface with TSP.

Step 2:  Sand your surface, with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper.  Since laminate is non-porous, sanding breaks up surface and gives the paint the opportunity to adhere well by giving it something to grab on to.

Step 3: Vacuum or wipe off your piece really well to get all of the sanding dust off.

Step 4: I like to go the extra mile and clean my surface with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off just to make there is no extra shine, dirt or grime on the surface. I like to wipe off any access Gloss-Off to help speed up the drying process.

Step 5: About 10 minutes after the Gloss-Off has dried, add a bonding primer.  There are a lot of different primers out there, but it’s hard to beat Zinsser BIN Shellac Primer, in my opinion.

Step 6: Once the primer has had ample time to dry, go ahead and start painting!  Make sure you use a high quality furniture paint and a nice paint brush! After that, finish the project with a few coats of high-quality poly so that your finish will last for many years.

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Use This Product on The Drawers of Your Wooden Furniture to Make Them Look Great Again! #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Howard’s Restor-A-Finish is a great option if you want to bring back the original color on the inside of your furniture! It helps blend any water marks, rings and/or dehydrated areas that may have occurred over the years. It’s simple to use and it gives your piece nice-looking and professional finish.

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How to Easily Fix Broken Drawer Stops On Your Wooden Furniture #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Haha - goodness! Now that you’re past the video and bloopers, I have written out the process below to make it easy for you to follow.


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How to fix wooden drawer stops:

As you can see in the picture, the drawer stop is missing which causes the drawer to push back too far in the dresser. Sometimes this can cause the drawer to fall out or cave in.

This is very common in vintage and antique wooden furniture, but there is a quick and easy way to fix this problem with a paint stirrer!

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Step 1:

Measure the paint stirrer to match the length of one of the drawer stops that is currently on the furniture.

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Step 2:

Clamp the paint stirrer to a table and cut off the area that you marked on your paint stirrer. I like to use a coping saw, but you can use whatever works best for you.

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Step 3:

Glue the piece that you cut-off with Titebond and place it on the old nail hole and/or around location that the broken drawer stop came off of. Clamp the piece down so it dries well.

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Step 4:

Make sure the location is okay and your new drawer stop doesn’t move. Once the glue is nice and dry I like to paint the drawer stop so it blends well with the rest of the piece.

That’s it! This such is an easy way to fix drawer slides without spending too much money or time on them. It also give your piece a more complete and professional look in the end!

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Zibra Square Brush #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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The Zibra Square brush is probably one of the most versatile brushes in the whole bunch. It serves so many purposes and always seems to be the one I grab when I’m in a pinch. It is designed for flat moldings and other trim work. The 1” bristles form a square with a small angle to help simplify the application process. It also has an hourglass-shaped wooden handle that fits well in my hand which is a huge plus.

For today’s Tuesday Tip I am going to show you a hand full of ways you can use this brush. These are just suggestions, but honestly, the possibilities are endless with this brush!

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Cabinet Doors

The Zibra Square brush is a must have if you plan on painting a cabinet door that has any type of molding on it. The brush helps evenly distribute paint that may have “gathered” in the crevices of the door. It also fits perfectly in those areas so that you’re not brushing the face/flat part of the door.

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Windows,Window Grids & Ledges

The Zibra Square brush works great for windows and window grids. The bristles are full enough to efficiently cover the area but also narrow enough to cover the grids without going over the edges.

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Frames/Mirrors

The Zibra Square brush is great for cutting-in and painting the detailed areas on picture/mirror frames. The small, precise bristles help control the paint so it doesn’t get on the glass or mirror.

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Handles/Knobs

The Zibra Square brush is the perfect size when painting knobs. The brush isn’t too big and it’s not too small. It fits well in the “valley” of the knob while also covering the flat area’s.

I highly recommend you keep the Zibra Square brush on hand for small-flat surfaces to use within your home and also when you’re painting furniture! Having the right paint brush at the right time is critical in helping you achieve a beautiful, flawless, end result.

Each Zibra Brush is made with a smooth bristle technology unlike a conventional bristle brush. It can be used with all types of paint mediums and stains and you only need soap and water to clean it up (as long as you used a water based paint). The Zibra Square Brush is also pocket friendly. For example. this brush typically costs around $8. If you paint for a living then you know and understand that every penny counts. You can purchase this brush at Lowes or Home Depot. If you don’t have one of these stores close by, you can always purchase it through my affiliate link on Zibra’s website and have it sent to your doorstep!

Also, if you’re curious to know about the beautiful color I used in this video, it’s Crinoline by Country Chic Paint. It’s such a beautiful off-white! Make sure you use the affiliate code MARKETHOUSE10 to receive 10% off your Country Chic Paint purchase.

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How To Fill Small Cracks In Furniture #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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Caulk/silicone is a great option if you have a small crack that needs to be filled, especially on the bottom or underside of your furniture. If you have a large crack or hole, I recommend using Bondo, Epoxy, Putty or Wood Filler in those situations, however, this is a nice option for those smaller joints or areas!

Once you have applied the caulk and it is completely dry you will want to follow up with a primer and then you can paint and seal it. In my opinion, this helps complete the look of the piece and fill those small little areas that catch the eye, giving you a nice professional finish.

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A Brown Paper Bag?! #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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About once per month I get paper instead of plastic (ha!) at my local grocery store. This is a pocket-friendly alternative to purchasing 1000+ grit sandpaper because the cost of sandpaper ads up quick!

I know, a brown paper bag sounds crazy but it works great! I don’t recommend using it in between coats (stick with 220 grit) because it doesn’t give the next coat enough to grip on to. However, I do recommend using a brown paper bag on the finished product, once the last coat is dry, to make the end result nice and smooth.

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My Favorite Brush To Use When Applying Polyurethane

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First things first! You can enter to win a Zibra Chiseled Wedge Brush and a Market House Restorations t-shirt, like the one I have on in the video!! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on either my Facebook or Instagram post stating that you have read this blog post and that you have also shared it. All those that comment and state where they have shared the blog post will be entered into the random drawing. (Giveaway ends at Midnight EST on Friday, March 29, 2019. Winner will be contacted via DM and/or email, so make sure you enter your email address. You must be at least 18 years of age and agree to be mentioned on social media. There will be one winner. Winner will be announced on social media, Sunday, March 31, 2019.)

I feel like I say this every time, but I seriously love this brush! I love the thickness of the bristles and the angle it has on it. Even thought I only talk about applying a poly-coat in this particular video, I absolutely love using it for other applications too. It holds a lot of material which is perfect when you’re applying paint, stain or a top coat to a large surface. The last thing you want to do is “re-dip” in the middle of a paint stroke because doing that can result in unnecessary lines and mess up the smooth look you’re trying to achieve.

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The Chiseled Wedge is 2 inches in width and has a wedged-angle for perfect edging. It is great for details, trim, moldings and flat surfaces. The wooden handle is in the form of an hourglass so it fits well in your hand, which is a huge plus in my book! Each Zibra Brush is made with a smooth bristle technology unlike a conventional bristle brush. It can be used with all types of paint mediums and stains and you only need soap and water to clean it up (as long as you used a water based paint).

The Zibra Chiseled Wedge Brush is a great price, too. For example, this brush typically costs somewhere between $12-15, which is pretty standard for a brush of any type, except the bristles don’t fall out on these and it leaves minimal brush marks! If you don’t have a Lowes or Home Depot where you live, you can purchase it through my affiliate link on Zibra’s website and have it sent to your doorstep!

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Keeping Your Hardware Organized! #TuesdayTipsWithFallon

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When you paint and restore furniture, most of the time you should take the hardware off before you start the prepping and painting process. When you do this, it’s important that you stay organized if you plan on re-using the hardware. In this case, I highly recommend you keep track of the exact location where the hardware came off of. Often times hinges and handles form to the wood, especially softer woods like pine and poplar. If you try to put the hardware back in a different location it will not function as well as it once did.

Unfortunately, I learned this one the hard way! There were times before I started keeping track, that my husband and I would spend hours trying to figure out where the original hinges went because they were not fitting back on the doors correctly. Kitchens can especially be frustrating because there are so many doors and they have been near moisture, causing the hardware to really take shape to the wood.

Even if you think you will remember where each one was located, you won’t. It’s nearly impossible. Go ahead and take a few extra minutes in the beginning and do this. I promise, it will save you so much time, effort and frustration in the end!

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How To Fix Flaws In Wood Furniture With Bondo

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I feel like the video is the easiest way for you to see and understand the process , so I definitely suggest you take a few minutes and watch it.

Either way, Bondo is an excellent way to fix large holes, large scratches, broken trim, or other flaws in wooden furniture. It is also great to use on chipping veneer but I will show you how to apply it to that in another #TuesdayTipsWithFallon tutorial. I only recommend this product when you’re planning on priming and painting your piece. In my experience, it does not go well with stain or gel stain.

Before you start working with Bondo make sure you are in a well ventilated area and that you’re wearing a respirator mask.

Materials you will need:

Once you apply the Cream Hardener, you will need to work quickly! If you plan on forming or shaping the Bondo in any way, make sure you do it before the Bondo hardens. If you wait too long, it will be too hard to work with and your only option will be to sand it. I recommend waiting about 15 minutes before you apply a second coat or start trying to shape it. Once it’s completely dry, then you can sand it. If the Bondo is rough use a low-grit sandpaper (40, 60 or 80) and then as becomes smoother, use 220 grit. Once everything is nice and smooth and exactly the way you want it, apply a couple coats of primer. After that, you can finally paint!

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The 3 Types of Paint-Mediums/Brands That I Currently Use To Paint Furniture

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Two of the most common questions I get asked are, “Fallon, what type of paint do you use” and “what type of paint do you recommend I purchase?” In the video below I describe the three different types of paint-mediums that I currently use. There are so many great products on the market, this is just what I have my hands on at the moment.

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How To Re-Use A Paint Tray!

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Today’s tip is simple and easy, but like I said in the video, heavy duty Aluminum Foil has saved me so much money over the year’s. Plus, if you get the longer length instead of the standard, you can use it on large paint trays, too!

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How To Fill Hardware Holes In Wooden Furniture

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Filling holes in the drawers of your wooden furniture is something that you should definitely know how to do if you want to change or update the look.  The standard measurement for hardware handles/pulls is typically 2.5” – 3.0” from center-to-center.  Meaning, if you take off the handle/pull and look at the back of it, this is the space in between the center of the screw holes.  A lot of times, people plan on using new hardware, but then they get to the end and realize that the new hardware they had in mind does not fit the old holes.  AH! This is the worst!  So, to fix that problem, I just go ahead and fill the holes 90% of the time.  The reason behind this is because a lot of times I do not pick out my pulls or knobs until the end of the restoration so I can see what the paint looks like first, but if you want to plan ahead, just measure up-front and purchase the current hole-to-hole size. Watch the video below to see how I do this!

Materials Needed:

1.       Wood Filler

2.       Sandpaper 220 grit

3.       Plastic Putty Knife

4.       Painters Tape or Masking Tape

5.       Primer

Step 1:  Take off your current hardware (Pulls, Knobs or whatever is currently on your piece of furniture) and put them in a baggie. Even if I am not planning on reusing this hardware, I like to keep them on hand in case something accidentally goes wrong and I need to reuse them.  Also, it is important to keep them on hand because sometimes when you purchase new knobs or pulls, the length of the screws are different from what you used before, causing the screws to not fit correctly.  This way you can just use the original screws and it works out perfectly!

**Sometimes there is some grit and grim around the edges where the hardware sat for years, so if necessary, I take a 150 grit piece of sandpaper and sand down those areas until everything is even and smooth. I like to clean it off with a baby wipe or a damp paper towel as I go.

Step 2:  Take a small piece of painters tape or masking tape, large enough to cover the hole, and place it on the inside of the drawer/door so that you can no longer see the hole. This helps prevent the Wood Filler from oozing out the other side. I keep the tape on until the very end of the project, too, so that the Wood Filler has time to dry nice and hard.

Step 3: Take the Wood Filler and Plastic Putty Knife and fill in the hole and any indention’s that the previous hardware may have left in your drawer/door.

Step 4: After the Wood Filler from Step 3 has dried, take a piece of 220 grit sandpaper and smooth it out.  You may have to repeat Steps 3 and 4 if there are still indention’s.  There have been situations where I have had to do this 3 times, just to make it nice and smooth.  Each piece is different.

Step 5:  Once you are satisfied with your filled holes, wait the recommend time that the Wood Filler indicates and then apply primer.  Some people skip the priming step, but I think it is important because it helps smooth out the Wood Filler even more and it also helps prevent your paint from being splotchy in the areas you just filled.

Now you are ready for paint and you can purchase whatever hardware you want!

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The best brush for painting spindles, detailed moldings and getting those hard to reach spots!

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Have you ever painted a chair with spindles and thought to yourself, what have I gotten myself into!? This is going to take forever! Don’t worry, we all have! If you don’t have a spray gun, which most people don’t, it can be a very daunting task. So let’s fix that! All you need is this awesome Round Brush by Zibra. It will make painting these areas so much easier and more enjoyable!! This awesome brush is “must” have in your painters tool box! Like all Zibra brushes, this one provides a smooth paint application which is key to helping you achieve minimal brush marks. See my video below!

The Zibra Round Brush, is a 1” round bristle brush that was designed specifically for painting spindles, detailed moldings, trim, candlesticks, corbels, etc.. The gentle bristles form well to ornate surfaces while still providing maximum coverage. It has an ergonomic hourglass shaped handle that fits comfortable in your hand. The brush also holds a nice amount of paint, so you don’t have to re-dip it into your paint every-other-second allowing you to cover more area in less time. The Zibra Round Brush is also pocket friendly, costing somewhere between $10 - $15, depending on where you purchase it.

Each Zibra Brush is made with a smooth bristle technology unlike a conventional bristle brush. It can be used with all types of paint mediums and stains and you only need soap and water to clean it up (as long as you used a water based paint). I use it when I am painting with milk paint, acrylic milk paint, chalk paint and latex. They clean up super well too.

As I stated in the blog post where I discussed the Zibra Triangle Brush, (Click here to watch/read that post) I want you to know that I do have an affiliate link through Zibra’s website and of course, I would love for you to use it, but in all honesty, you can get them at The Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement if you need to go ahead and start your painting project. I don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to use one because they really do help with your painting needs! You can also enter to win a Zibra Round Brush for FREE!! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on either my Facebook or Instagram post stating that you have read it and you have also shared it. All those that comment and state where they have shared the blog post will be entered into the random drawing. (Giveaway ends at Midnight EST on Friday, February 8, 2019. Winner will be contacted via DM and/or email, so make sure you enter your email address. Winner will be announced on social media, Sunday, February 10, 2019. You must be at least 18 years of ago, within the US and agree to be mentioned on social media.) There will be 1 winner for this giveaway. Winner will receive a Zibra Round Brush!.

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How to EASILY Cut Screws To Fit Your Hardware

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There is nothing more frustrating than a screw that sticks out 2 inches on the inside of your drawer. Watch the video below for a quick tip on how to cut these screws with ease.

Okay, so all I can see in this video is the part where I said the “nut” was a “bolt”….ugh…but anyway, I guess that’s what I get for not reading a script. You guys get the real “me” all of the time. Haha, and sometimes that just happens. Anyway, here is a link for electric wire/screw cutters. They are a great option if you need a quick and easy was to cut them to length.

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How to help stubborn wood drawers slide better!!

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Do you ever have trouble with wooden drawers “sticking” when you try to slide them in-and-out? A lot of older antiques are built with beautiful handmade dovetail drawers and function with only the use of wooden drawer slides. They aren’t as functional as today’s metal drawer slides. If you watched last week’s #TuesdayTipsWithFallon (Here is the link to that video tip) this concept is similar in the fact that wood swells in the warmer months and shrinks in the cooler months causing the wooden drawers to stick making them difficult to open. Watch the video below…

For today’s tip I recommend using a candlestick, tea light, a bar of soap or chunk of natural wax, like the kind that I used in the video from Country Chic Paint to help your wooden drawers slide well. Just apply the product to the wood inside your piece of furniture and the bottoms/tops of the drawers that meet or touch that wood. I always recommend using SCENT-FREE waxes/soaps because you do not want to attract any bugs or insects that are drawn to your fruity smelling soap, for example. Also, I still like to go ahead and apply wax to the wooden drawers even if it’s the middle of winter and the drawers are functioning well because it can’t hurt, right?! That way when summer does roll around you hopefully won’t have to worry about it. Keep in mind, this is not a permanent fix . The wax can wear off over-time, so just reapply it when needed.

If the drawer(s) still seems to “stick” and not glide well after you have applied the wax, you may need to sand it and the drawer slides really well to give it a nice smooth surface. If that still doesn’t help, the problem is bigger and there is most likely something wrong with the structure. For example, if someone had a bunch of heavy books or heavy tools in the drawers and they sat there for years-and-years it is likely the wood formed to that heaviness which caused warping and small breaks or tears in the wood. Sometimes you can fix these problem with glue and sanding, other times they need to be replaced, especially if you can see that visible warping has occurred.

I recommend keeping a candlestick or tealight in one of the drawers of these pieces so you can quickly reapply the wax if any of the drawers start to act stubborn!

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Thinking About Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets? Read And Watch This Tip FIRST!!

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Alright you guys, I am going to be completely honest with you. I learned this one the hard way. I recommend you watch my 2-minute video and also read this blog post so you can learn and understand the whole story. Thank goodness this mistake was on my own kitchen cabinets and not someone else’s. A few (plus) years ago when I was thinking about getting into the world of painting kitchen cabinets, I decided to give ours a shot first. Side note, I intentionally practice on my own furniture/cabinets when I am trying something new.  Don’t worry! Again, this was years ago! Like I’ve stated in the past, I am self-taught, therefore I have spent countless hours and money experimenting over the years to figure out what works well and what doesn’t. That does not even include the long hours I have spent reading articles, information pamphlets and DIY books….and yes, this was before social media really took off, so I really had to learn the hard way. Lucky for you though, you don’t have to do that! You can tune in each week and learn something new without having to do all the things I did to get to where I am today!