The Misfit's Manual to Color Sanding Furniture

If you are refinishing or re-staining old furniture or new bare furniture, Betty's Color Sanding Method will make your wood furniture feel and look like glass. This may be a 2 or 3 day job depending on how quickly the Varnish dries.


Clean Paint Brush
Clear Wood Varnish
500 Grit Wet / Dry Sand Paper
1 bucket of Water


1. After the piece of furniture is stained, coat with Clear Varnish. Let dry.

2. Once the Varnish is completely dry, fill up a bucket with water.

3. Cut 3" x 3" pieces of sand paper. Drop in water. Let soak for 5 minutes.

4. Working with the grain, gently sand wood with water and sand paper. Make sure the furniture is always wet.

5. When finished, wipe down with towel to remove excess water. Let dry.

6. Apply a second coat of Clear Varnish. Let dry and repeat Steps 4 and 5.

7. Apply last coat of Clear Varnish. Let dry and repeat Steps 4 and 5.

8. After the last coat, your furniture should feel and shine like glass.

9. Make sure to care for furniture by using wood only cleaners, without alcohol and ammonia additives.

Happy Wood Working!

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