How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

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Learn how to refinish wood furniture in 5 steps, and revitalize and refurbish any piece of wood furniture.

Do you have a piece of wood furniture that you would love to restore?


Maybe it has some chips and the stain is faded?

We have had these kitchen bar stools for almost 6 years now!

These barstools have survived two houses, and they clearly needed a little refinishing love.


This 5 step process is what I use for refinishing all wood furniture!



How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

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How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

1. Remove hardware from the wood.

How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

2. Sand the wood.

Initially use a larger grit sandpaper like a 60 grit or a 100 grit. Lightly sand with a finer grit like 220 for a smooth unfinished surface.


How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

3. Clean the wood.

Clean off the newly sanded wood with a brush and follow that up with a tack cloth.

How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

4. Stain the wood.

On this wood I used Minwax Espresso Stain. Rub in with a dry cloth. Allow to dry according to the instructions on the can.

How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

5. Finish the wood.

Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane allowing to dry fully in between coats according to the instructions on the can. Sand in between with a 220 grit sandpaper and wipe down prior to reapplying the poly.


How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

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How to Refinish Wood Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

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Suggested materials:
  • Orbital hand sander
  • 60 grit sanding disc
  • 120 grit sanding disc
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Ahna Fulmer // Hammers N Hugs
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  • William William on May 08, 2021

    Great instructions for the DIY. They look great. End grain and a pronounced grain will take more stain than I tighter grain. I use wood conditioner when I want a more even finish.

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