- If you're updating an older piece of furniture, make sure it's a good quality piece. If it's cheap, either the wood won't sand very well, it won't have a good grain (if you're staining), or you'll end up throwing it away in a few months. Nothing sucks quite like having to consider replacing your coffee table months after you've finished it because one of the legs broke! (Yes, its the one in the photo. Also, this happened to be a cheaper piece of furniture that didn't sand well, hence the warning!)
- Do your research. Even I'm guilty of just going out, buying paint, and hoping for the best, but when it comes to stains and seals - know your stuff. There's a big difference between water and oil based polyurethane, and even I'm not totally sure which is better. When it comes to that stuff, I usually defer to Chris' judgement, or Lowes.com
- When building your own furniture (I suggest starting with a small side table or a bookshelf) make sure that you're properly supporting whatever weight you plan on placing on the piece. No one wants to hear a crash in the middle of the night and deal with books all over the floor.
- Keep it simple. DIY furniture is great, and if you keep your projects simple, you're more likely to enjoy them (and sooner)! Don't try to tackle more than one project at a time. Guilty as charged on that one, which is why I'm warning you now. Also, don't try to do too much to a piece of furniture. Stick with staining a coffee table or recovering seat cushions. Don't commit to re-appolstering the whole chair until you're ready. Plus, making simple changes over time means you can use your furniture while its "under construction"
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