Secret For A Smooth Finish {Tipsy Tuesday}

Secret For A Smooth Finish {Tipsy Tuesday}

Yay, time for another Tipsy Tuesday! Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder because I’m about to share with you my top secret for a smooth finish on all your painting and refinishing projects. Ready?

Brown paper bag secret

Wondering what’s in the bag?

Secret for a smooth paint finish

Well, guess what! The bag IS the secret weapon! Yep, brown paper makes a great sanding tool for lightly sanding between coats. No more metal fuzzies from steel wool.

Cut a piece of brown paper sized to fit around a sanding block or sanding sponge.

brown paper cut to size

Wrap the paper around the sponge. You can secure it with tape if desired, but I just hold it in place as I’m working.

secure paper around a sanding block

Make sure your paper is smooth- it will cause scratches if it bunches up as you’re sanding. Don’t ask me how I know.

brown paper sanding block

Additional thoughts:

  • Simply roll up a piece of brown paper to use in crevices.
  • Start out with very light pressure until you get a feel for how much pressure you need to get a smooth finish without scratching your project.
  • When the paper starts getting fuzzy, throw it away and cut a new piece!

I used this trick on most of my furniture projects such as the Mid-Century Modern Makeover, the French Country Dining Table, and the Turquoise Stenciled End Table.

So tell me- what is your secret weapon for a smooth finish? Your favorite tip for refinishing furniture?