Asked on Oct 18, 2012


Susie ColeCarolAnna Ibarra


Hi, does anyone know anything about getting furniture (5'x7' bookcase) refinished? Is it hard to do yourself or should I find someone to do for us? If I want someone to do for us -- can you recommend someone in the NY metro area?
8 answers
  • 3po3
    on Oct 19, 2012

    It's not technically difficult to refinish most furniture, but it can be a lot of work, and it can take a lot of elbow grease.

  • Patty @ Always Something
    on Oct 19, 2012

    If you want to paint it, it is fairly easy. If you want to restain it, it is a bit more complicated. I have had great success painting furniture with chalk paint. Check out my blog post on making your own at Good Luck!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Oct 19, 2012

    Like Patty mentioned above paint is a lot easier than stain of clear wood finishes. Do you know what the bookcase is made with? I find soild wood way more forgiving than "ply" types. Solid wood can be sanded with out worry of sanding trough to the core materials. If you have the space and the time it can be a rewarding experience. I find a lot of solace in my woodworking.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Oct 20, 2012

    Elizabeth, not too difficult to do on your own. Need to know the material you are working with. If wood can be stripped/sanded and stained. If you don't want another stain, or it is not a wood base, you need to use a paint intended for furniture so that it is more durable. I have refinished both mediums and had good success. Was ;much cheaper than buying new for the decor I was changing to :)

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez
    on Nov 1, 2012

    Thanks for the tips I will look into this more and let you know how it comes out. :o)

  • Anna Ibarra
    on Apr 9, 2014

    Do it yourself, cheaper, and you can choose a variety of ways to do it. Find out what type of wood, or non wood it is. There are plenty of Big time DIYers here who can do that with their eyes close. Just get savvy and choose your options. You'll also be so glad you did it yourself. Good luck, and post your finished project here.

  • Carol
    on Mar 22, 2015

    It all depends on the trim on the bookcase and wheather or not it is veneer or solid wood and if it has anyantique value If solid and plain trim, you can do it, otherwise call in the pro.

  • Susie Cole
    on Jun 21, 2015

    Look into chalk paint...

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