Flexible Sanding Sheets

We wanted to share one of our latest finds with you – 3M Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets. Are we the only ones who had not heard of this ingenious product? 

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Dennis refinished our dining room and it consisted of a very large trestle table, bench, and 4 ladder back chairs. It was in rough shape, the finish was worn and some of the edges were quite chewed up from a dog or other animal, especially the bench. 

After using a belt sander on the larger sections of the table and bench, he was left with the tedious task of the spindles and crevices on the chairs. 

3M Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets

Thanks to a little research and Google, we discovered this very handy product. He was able to mold the sanding sheet using a piece of wire and easily conform it to the shape of the spindle, getting into all those tight spaces. It not only greatly reduced the time spent sanding, but it also saved his fingertips!

Look for 3M Ultra Sanding Sheets next time you have your own project. We picked up our pack at Home Depot, but I’m sure they are also available at other stores. And check out our beautiful new “old” dining room set! We absolutely love the extra-large table. It’s perfect for family dinners.

The One Step You Will Not Want to Skip

You found the perfect piece of furniture. It is exactly what you were looking for, except for the outdated golden oak color. But in your mind, you can see it now……a beautiful rich navy with a glossy finish. Or perhaps a soft shade of creamy ivory. You’ve bought the paint and the brushes, changed into an old tee shirt and you are ready to go to town transforming your dream piece.

Stop! Do NOT paint that furniture! There is a very important step that cannot be skipped if you want your new “old” piece of furniture look its best and last for many years. That step is to thoroughly clean your piece of furniture. Many people overlook this step and I can tell you, the paint will not properly adhere.

White Lightning by Dixie Belle

The product we like to use is called White Lightning by Dixie Belle. This is a TSP based product that dissolves easily in water.

When cleaning large pieces of furniture such as a dresser or buffet, it’s easier to mix the White Lightning in a gallon of warm water. For smaller pieces, add a little of the cleaner to a spray bottle of water. You can use either a soft rag or a Scotchbrite sponge to gently clean your piece. You will be amazed as you watch years of grime and old furniture polish quickly disappear.

After your piece is clean, go other it again with a clean white rag and clear water. This will remove all residue from the White Lightning and the white rag is important because it will show you if there is any dirt left on the piece!

At this point, I would remove all hardware and scrub those areas thoroughly. Many times there is a buildup of oil and dirt accumulated around handles and knobs. If you plan to replace your existing hardware and the drilled holes will not be the same, now is the time to patch those holes.

Dixie Belle makes an awesome product called Dixie Mud and it makes patching so easy. It spreads like icing, dries quickly and is easily sandable. Dixie Mud is also the perfect product to use on any other areas needing to be patched or repaired.

Now it’s time to let your perfect piece of furniture dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.