Has this happened to you? At a thrift shop or a junk store, you see a beautiful piece of furniture, with a not so beautiful finish. The price is right, and you long to take it home — but re-finishing furniture just seems a wee bit intimidating. Or maybe you're an old pro at re-finishing, but are looking for some new and interesting techniques. Either way, we've got your number. Take a look at these two instructional videos.
Milk paint can be used to create a beautiful, weathered, vintage look. In this video, maker Ben Light shows you how to use milk paint to get just the right finish.
Or maybe the weathered, vintage look isn't your thing, and you're more of a minimalist. In this video, Ben shows how you can use tung oil and wax to create a lovely finish that really celebrates the grain of the wood.
Thanks for watching, and happy crafting!
• The Star: Ben Light is a New York-based maker, designer, and Cash Cab contestant. Ben's work has appeared in the Museum of Arts and Design, the MoMA Design Store, and on the shelves at Crate & Barrel. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Ben may love his lathe just a little too much.