Well, you’re not alone. While upcycling has become a very popular DIY in recent years, many people hesitate when it comes to refinishing furniture. They view it as complicated and time-consuming, or a project that requires a certain level of experience or expertise. Of course, none of that is true. There are actually many ways to transform your piece that don’t involve complicated stripping processes or intricate painting techniques. Getting a professional looking result can be easier than you think. With a few quick tips and tricks, making over that curbside find can be a stress-free pursuit. Whether you use oil to add shine or chalk paint that requires almost no prep, for a full makeover or a traditional stain on freshly sanded wood we’ve got you covered with these quick and easy refinishing tips.
Refinishing Wood Furniture
There are many different DIY ways to refinish wood furniture. While there are some basic steps involved in the process, many of the specifics will vary based upon the technique you choose and the furniture refinishing products you use, but it all starts with prep.
For the best results, you should always start with proper prep.
Clean Your Furniture
The first step in any refinishing project is to clean your piece. You want to make sure that it’s free of any dust or debris that might get stuck in the paint. You also want to make sure there isn’t anything sticky or slick on the surface that would cause paint or stain to bead away. If you’ve chosen a method that requires you to sand your wood down first, this step may not matter as much, but in general, you want a clean surface when you begin.
If you decide to go with a refinishing process like staining, or you want to remove the current finish because it’s chipping, you’ll need to sand. It’s also a necessary step if your furniture has gouges or deep scratches that need to be smoothed. Sanding can be done after a chemical stripper is used, but it’s also a great alternative. Hometalker Patricia used an orbital sander to remove thick oil paint from an antique dresser. She didn’t like working with gloppy strippers, so she donned her eye protection, grabbed an orbital sander, and removed the original finish in no time.