Furniture re-dos Ryobi Shabby Paints

True Ryobi confessions…

Ok, if you’ve been a reader here for a while, you know how much I love my Ryobi Power Tools Corner Cat Sander. I mean really- look over to the right, I am making out with one. 😉 I love the low vibration, it’s cordless and just fabulous.

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Well… I have a confession to make.

Please don’t hate me….<sigh>

I’ve been cheating…

…on my beloved Corner Cat. I know. I am… ashamed.

I feel SO guilty that I just HAVE to tell… and I really like this new one. I want you to meet him.

This is my new BFF..

 Ryobi sander

Meet the Ryobi 1/4 sheet finish sander. Want to know why I love it so? It too is low vibration, it works SO fast, and it’s practically DUSTLESS! I am in L.O.V.E. Seriously, the dust doesn’t get everywhere… TOTALLY worth the cord. (Please continue to wear a mask when sanding)

Let me show what this baby can do-

Here is how I started:

antique short chest before

This top was WELL loved from years of having stuff piled on top of it. You can hardly see its best feature- it is a true peg-built antique. I just love it. This baby needed to show everyone it’s beauty and not take away the wisdom and refinement that comes with age. Shabby Paints has some incredible colors and I knew right away this one HAD to be Pardon Me– a fabulous, warm, mustard yellow.

Have you ever used Shabby Paints? They’re pure Acrylic and adhere like nobody’s business. This feature is fantastic… until you go on a heavy distressing binge and holy cow! It wears you out! The Corner Cat was NOT cutting it. (I’m not entirely convinced it was all his fault, I mean, the sandpaper they sell for him isn’t all that great. It’s not so easy to find, and even the 80 grit isn’t always abrasive enough for some of the pieces I get. So, cut him some slack.) However, I had to find a better option.

I had an ancient palm sander that had lost its sanding pad somewhere in the move, I looked up the cost of replacing it and found it was such an old model there were lots of parts no longer available… made no sense to replace one part just to possibly have something else go bad soon.. so I went shopping at MY personal “toy” store- Home Depot.

Wandering down the aisles I am always drawn to Ryobi first. Their corporate marketing team is so nice, the tools are completely affordable, and come on… that awesome bright green?! It just screams “energetic happiness”.

Heading down the aisle, I looked for the Ryobi version of a palm sander and found this awesome little number. It was a fabulous price and came in a kit with its OWN BAG… and seriously, what girl doesn’t love a cute bag?!

ryobi sander
ryobi sander kit accessories

I plopped that baby right in my cart, went home, and grabbed that little bench/chest and went to town. First thing is first- all that old finish and stain had to come off to show off those gorgeous pegs:

sxs short chest sanded top
sxs short chest top before


I slapped on two coats of that beautiful yellow (of course I forgot the picture) and when that was dry, went to town with that new sander…

When I was all done, I used Hazelnut reVAX on top as a stain. ReVAX gives a beautiful translucent color with a durable finish and NO BUFFING! (Because we all know that buffing wax blows.)

sxs short chest top close up

Don’t you love it? I then used the reVAX to add some age and dimension to the Painted parts as well.

Here she is all finished up:

sxs short chest after
sxs short chest full view

Ready for love at a her new home!



(While Ryobi HAS given me some fabulous tools in the past to use and talk about, I paid for this one all on my own- (I love them that much) all opinions are my own and always will be)

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    Shabby Shannon
    May 13, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Love Love Love!!

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