A Beginner’s Guide to Refinishing Furniture 

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Refinishing can be a great way to give old furniture new life — not to mention spruce up your property in the process.

Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy task to DIY, too.

You just need a handful of supplies and the paint or stain you want to use. The rest is a matter of good old elbow grease.

Are you looking to revive an older piece of wood furniture? This beginner’s guide can help.

Refinishing wood furniture

To start, gather your supplies. You’ll need soap, a few rags, a towel, paintbrushes, paint stripper, sealant, and something to sand the furniture with. Varnish is also a good idea if you want your piece to have long-term staying power.

Once you have all of the materials together, here are the next steps:

  1. Clean the furniture thoroughly. Dip a rag in a mixture of soap and warm water, give the piece a good scrubbing. Rinse all the soap off, and dry thoroughly with a cloth towel (avoid paper towels, as these can leave paper remnants behind).
  2. Strip the wood. If the furniture has an existing stain or paint color you want removed, apply a chemical stripper all over. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area, and let the stripper sit for about 20 minutes. Once you’re done, you can start to scrape away the paint. (Windshield scrapers work great here).
  3. Sand it down. Next, you’ll need to sand the piece to ensure your new paint or stain applies evenly. A fine-grit sandpaper is a good option, though if you’re working on a larger piece, you may want to invest in a powered sander instead to save some time.
  4. Seal the wood. Wipe down the sanded furniture, and use a paintbrush to apply sealant to the entire piece. Make sure the sealant is completely dry before moving onto the next step.
  5. Apply your paint or stain. Finally, apply whatever stain or paint you like. Once that’s dry, you may want to apply a varnish to protect it.

If you’re considering refinishing an antique or high-value item, you might want to consult a pro first. Antique woods may require special treatment.

On a home improvement kick?

Is refinishing that old table just one of the many home improvements you’re tackling right now? Need resources to buy supplies or call in a contractor? A cash-out refinance may be able to help. Get in touch with Embrace Home Loans to discuss your options.

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By Aly Yale / April 27th, 2020 / Categories: / Tags: ,

Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston. Connect with her at AlyJYale.com or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.