It’s obvious that painting furniture can transform it. If the furniture is solidly constructed, you may want to restore it to its original condition. Although it can be messy and takes some effort, the results can be spectacular (like this refinished table that was abandoned on the street). Here are some ways to restore wood furniture.
Take care to read the instructions before you use a furniture stripper. These instructions will contain safety precautions, cleaning instructions, waiting time, and cleaning up instructions.
This is all-important information when using a chemical solvent. To avoid any damage caused by the stripper, remove or cover all hardware with painter’s tape.
STEP 1: Use the stripper
Apply a coat of paint to the wood surface with a paintbrush. Allow the solvent to work its magic. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to loosen the finish. Do not rush the process and do not ignore the clock. It will be more difficult to remove if the stripper is too dry.
STEP 2 – Remove the finish
To begin removing the finish, you can use a scraper (or a potty knife) after the time has expired. It is best to use a plastic tool as a metal one can scratch the wood. You should remove as much as possible, but do not try to fight the finish. Repeat the process until you have removed all of the finish.
STEP 3: Sand the grain
After you have removed the finish, rub the wood in the direction it is the grain with a pad of fine steel Wool (Grade #000) using the stripper. This will get rid of any remaining finish. Next, lightly sand the surface using a fine grade of sandpaper in the direction that the grain is. This will eliminate any surface imperfections or discolorations.
STEP 4: Apply the stain
Applying stain should be done in an even coat. Depending on the desired color, you need to remove excess. The wood will absorb the stain because it has been stripped and sanded. To remove excess stain, brush it on with a piece of cheesecloth. You can repeat the process if you want a darker look.
STEP 5: Apply a protective clear coat finish
After the piece is stained, it’s time to protect it with wax, polyurethane, or tung oil. A paste wax finish is an excellent alternative to polyurethane, which is very popular today for most things. A wax finish will give wood a warm look and protect it from water damage.