Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grrrrr.....

You know the feeling when you have this list of stuff that you want to do really badly? But you can't because there is other junk in the way?

I hate it.

There's this dresser I have to finish before I can start my nightstands. And doggone it, it's taken me over a week to get the paint off it! Between the stipper not working very well, and the 4 very thick layers of paint colors, it's been rough going. You can't really sand off gummy residue... Plus I have to replace the backing because it got mineral spirits all over it and I'm just not going to put that in my children's room.

But there's finally light at the end of the tunnel! Even though my sander battery (it's cordless) has been slowly dying and not holding a charge, the rough sanding is finished. I'm mostly through with the medium sandpaper. The bigger screw holes have been filled and sanded down. I'm sanding by hand at this point - but vow to purchase an electric sander before starting my bookshelves because it's killing my hand!

I'm caught between wanting to hurry this up so I can start something else and wanting to make sure I take my time, doing all the steps, to make sure it is something I can be proud to put in my house. Either way, it will sure feel good when it's done!

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Jeff told me you can wrap sandpaper around a block of wood and use that to sand, it's easier on your hand. But an electric sander sounds pretty nice. Hope you get that dresser finished soon!

Rachel H. said...

I hate being stuck on something and not able to move forward to more stuff I want to do...
hope you can speed through the end! What's your next project??

Amy K said...

Okay, I'm glad you're talking about your refinishing woes on your blog. I've never refinished furniture before but I bought a dresser and some nightstands in the hopes that one day I could do a makeover on them. Now I know I can come to you with my refinishing questions.

Michelle said...

Yeah, I have a sanding block, but I don't like using it. Maybe because it's rubber? Hmmm.

Well, after I get the garage cleaned up from multiple previous projects, I plan on doing a set of nightstands so we finally have a matching set for our room.

Amy, I would be more than happy to answer refinishing questions. I love playing with stuff like that, it's awesome taking something with potential and turning it into a personal piece!