"Stuff from the early 1980s is flimsy," says Blades. Turn drawers upside down and check whether they're sturdy.Look at dovetail joints: machines make many, hands make about three."Get off to a good start Where to begin? "Glue, screw, fill dents, treat woodworm, create new holes for knobs, remove screws, hinges and handles."There's the rub Now for the transformation.Ideally, use an electric hand-sander: 80-grit paper removes varnish and paint, use 240 between coats, and fine 400 to finish or if delicate.Alternatively, swap sanding for Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint (anniesloan.com) – made to slap straight on. Less is phwoar Out of the Dark likes flashes of colour – but never over an expanse of beautiful wood.
If you have a worn old dresser or rickety heirloom chair on your hands, you may be thinking of refinishing it yourself.
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All you need is a box of tacks, a mallet, a pair of pliers and a dream.
The pliers hold the studs in place as you gently tap them with the mallet (to avoid damaging the pretty finish on the nailhead, if there is one). A conservative way to proceed would be to follow the curves and lines of an upholstered chair or sofa.