a dresser with half the paint stripped for visual effect
Photo: Andrew McCaul

A Series of Layers

Everyone knows that the simplest way to rejuvenate a tired surface is to put on a fresh coat of paint. Eventually, however, all new paint becomes old paint. Whether it cracks and blisters or just forms a lumpy blanket of pigments and binders, it begs to come off.

Clearing away the old stuff and starting over with a baby-smooth, bare-wood surface is ideal. Getting there is tedious, dirty work, no doubt, but our start-to-finish guide will help you manage the mess and choose the best tools and techniques to get the results you want.
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