Refinishing Wood Furniture

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 9, 2019)

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you just loved? I don't mean that you just liked it a little bit, but that you absolutely loved it, no matter how bad it looks, you just do not want to let it go? Most of the time we all come to the decision that we just have to let such a beloved piece of furniture go, and purchase another or different piece of furniture, well instead of doing that, there is another option. That option, as long as this piece of furniture is made of wood, would be to conduct a refinishing project. By doing this, you are going to be able resurrect your dead piece of furniture.

Project Materials:

  • Steel Wool (fine)
  • Varnish/sealer
  • Metal scraping knife
  • Gloves
  • Varnish Stripper
  • Drop cloth
  • Protective eyewear
  • Baking soda
  • Disposable container
  • Cloth rags
  • Oil soap
  • Sandpaper
  • Several disposable, non-synthetic paintbrushes

Steps to the project:

  1. Choose work area, prep the furniture. The first step to this project could be more accurately called a two part step. You are going to first need to choose your work area, and in doing so make sure that it is well ventilated and that there are no open flames of any kind. You are going to be working with flammable materials, and I really doubt that you want to start a fire without meaning to. One of the best places in the home to do this would be in your garage, if you have one. After you have done that, you are going to need to prepare your furniture for work. Do this by removing any drawers and hardware attached to the furniture, and then clean the furniture with some oil soap and a couple of your rags.
  2. Remove old paint/varnish. For this step you are going to need to remove all the old paint and varnish from your piece of furniture. This is going to require that you apply stripper to areas that of the furniture that needs it, being sure that you use one of the disposable brushes. After following the directions as listed on the stripper, then you can use your scraping knife to help remove the paint or varnish, keep doing this until you have completely removed the varnish. Next, use the sandpaper as necessary to create as smooth of a surface as is possible. Clean the area and place a drop cloth (such as old newspapers) before going to the next step.
  3. Stain and seal. Take a look at the back the stain, or paint that you have chosen and follow the directions as printed. Basically, what this means is that you apply the stain and let it set for the specified amount of time, and then wipe off any excess. If you are using paint, then you need to let the paint completely dry before applying the next coat. Keep doing this as much as necessary in order to achieve your desired look. After you have done this, apply the varnish or sealer to your furniture. In the event that you are going to apply more than one coat, make sure that you let the piece completely dry before applying the next layer, as well as using the steel wool to lightly sand the piece of furniture.
  4. Reassemble furniture. After you have completed the previous steps, you are ready to put your furniture back together. Clean up your work area, and you have now completed your project.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Conservation while Watering the Lawn

As anyone that has ever accomplished it before, watering the lawn usually requires a lot of water. Oftentimes it takes so ...

Discover More

Cleaning Electric Razors

Electric razors, or shavers as they are commonly known, are supposed to save time and the skin of the men who use it. ...

Discover More

Storing Food Storage Items

If proper care isn't taken, food storage items such as freezer bags, aluminum foil, Tupperware, and more can quickly ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Tightening a Loose Chair

Over time all chairs, particularly those found in the kitchen or dining room, have a tendency to become loose. Tightening ...

Discover More

Should I Reupholster My Chair?

Purchasing furniture can be a huge expense for anyone. The next time you are faced with this task, ask your self whether ...

Discover More

Reupholstery Tools

Reupholstering your furniture is a great way to not only create a new look, but also a great way to save money. Before ...

Discover More

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)