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3 Kid-Friendly Furniture Refinishing Techniques

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The introduction of children into your home can be a blessing, but it can also present a unique challenge when it comes to keeping your furniture looking its best. Finding ways to make your furniture more kid-friendly should be a top priority if you want to maintain the function and aesthetic of your home.

Here are three kid-friendly refinishing techniques that you might want to try in the future if you have children in your home.

1. Coat furnishings with chalkboard paint.

Many parents can recall tales of their young children writing on walls and furniture with markers or pens. If you have children with "artistic" inclinations, then coating your furnishings in chalkboard paint could be beneficial.

This paint is designed to turn your furniture into a makeshift chalkboard. Children can use chalk to render imaginative images onto your dressers and tables, but the resulting pictures can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

2. Upholster coffee tables.

If you have children who are just learning to walk in your home, you know common falls can be. Coffee tables can pose a serious hazard for unstable toddlers, but you can easily use upholstery techniques to refinish your existing coffee tables and make them more kid-friendly.

All you need to do is measure the top of your coffee table, then purchase enough foam to cover the top completely. Use a spray adhesive to secure the foam in place, and trim the edges to size. Lay out some fabric (right-side facing down) on the floor, then turn your coffee table upside down and center it on the fabric.

Wrap the fabric around to the bottom of the coffee table's surface and secure in place with some upholstery tacks. Trim the excess fabric, turn your coffee table right-side up again, and you will have a furnishing whose sharp corners have been softened through upholstery.

3. Distress furnishings that have scuff marks.

If your tabletops and dressers are showing signs of distress via visible scuff marks, then you might want to consider distressing these pieces to disguise the damage. Adding deliberate imperfections to your furniture allows any future damage done by stray balls or contact with toys to easily be hidden as well.

Distressing furniture is a great way to make your items more kid-friendly. All you need to do is add a light coat of paint to your furnishings, then use a piece of sandpaper to strategically buff away the paint and expose the stain or finish underneath in certain areas. 

Making your furnishings more kid-friendly with chalkboard paint, upholstery, and distressing can be a simple way to keep your home looking great as your kids grow up.

For more information, contact Granddad's Refinishing, LLC or a similar company.