How to Seal Handpainted Furniture

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How to Seal Handpainted Furniture
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In today's economy, many people are turning to unfinished furniture as a budget friendly alternative to expensive pieces. Some are rehabbing older items found at garage sales or thrift stores. This can be a fun and exciting way to redecorate your living space. Budget on a dime connoisseurs know the best buys are not in expensive furniture stores. One common mistake made, after hand painting furniture, is skipping the sealing. Providing your masterpieces with a sealant will protect them from water stains and mars in the paint.

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Things you need

  • Dust sheets
  • Clean cloths
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Clear polyurethane sealer

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  1. 1

    Give the new paint on your furniture several days to dry. The sealer will smear paint if it is still wet.

  2. 2

    Clean the piece to remove any dust that may have built up in the few days since painting. Use a damp cloth to wipe it down.

  3. 3

    Use a paintbrush and apply a coat of clear polyurethane. Keep the coat thin so it doesn't glob up. Large areas may require a roller for application.

  4. 4

    Sand down the coat of sealer to remove any bumps that may have formed. Use a fine-grit sandpaper and light pressure. Wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the sanding.

  5. 5

    Apply a second coat of the clear polyurethane using the same method. If necessary, sand away any imperfections on the second coat. Then wipe the piece down again.

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