Posts Tagged 'refinishing'

How to refinish a wood door

The exterior wood door on my house has been exposed to sun light for so long that the door is now in bad shape. The wood actually feels rough and has sort of blackened and faded. Can you give me advice on what needs to be done to refinish my door?

Refinishing wood floors to create a rustic look

I am refinishing a wood floor and want to leave a little grain / rustic look to the wood, what grit of paper do I stop at? I am staining the wood with a white-wash type stain and finishing with a poly urethane. I am thinking that I can just use several coats of poly to coat the floor and protect it from splintering. Any advice?

Refinishing a Turn-of-the-century Cast Iron Bathtub

What information can you give me regarding refinishing/reglazing a turn of the century cast iron bathtub? I have a turn of the century cast iron tub that is chipping badly on the inside. Have you heard of Zirlon? If so, what is your opinion of this coating for durability and longevity?

Exterior Door Needs Refinishing

I have an exterior door with side lights that need refinishing. Can you recommend the kind of stain and finish I should use? I would like to keep it water based. The door and sidelights are protected with storm doors.

Using Low VOC Cabinet Finish

I've used FSC-certified hardwoods on my new Florida kitchen cabinets and doors. Our kitchen remodeling goal was to stay on the sustainable side of everything where possible. Now I hear that it's hard to find low-VOC finishes and that they're tricky to apply. Even water-based finishes can have high VOCs. Are they, and low-VOC adhesives, expensive?

What do I do to make a floor not slick?

I refinished a hardwood floor for an elderly lady and she wanted it shiny and slick so it has oil base polyurethane on it. Now she says she doesn't want it that slick, it is too slippery for her at her age. What are your suggestions that I do? What can I do or put on it to make it not so slick?

How can we get pet urine stains out of an oak floor?

My wife and I just moved into a 1940s Vermont home with great potential. We knew that there were beautiful oak floors in a four-season sunroom hidden underneath a green shag carpet. But after we moved in and pulled up the entire carpeting we noticed that the flooring had dark spots in several corners. A friend said that this was probably due to urine from pet accidents. We want to refinish the floors, but will these dark flooring stains ever come out?

How do we prepare old cabinets for re-painting?

We have an 1932 Maryland home with solid wood cabinets in the kitchen. We don't want to get rid of the cabinets because they are in good shape, but the white paint is peeling and chipping. How can we go about preparing the cabinets for a new coat of paint? Do we need to strip the paint down to the wood first before painting?

What is "double knockdown" finish?

I have removed my popcorn ceiling finish am about to apply knockdown finish to my ceilings, which I know how to do. I have heard that the newer homes in this area have a "double knockdown" finish. Exactly what is this, and how is it applied ?

Solution for Scratched Bamboo Floors

Like many Californians, we had done some green remodeling and put in bamboo kitchen flooring. Now it's brittle and scratched. I think we used the wrong finish. Is there a solution?