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How to Refinish Old Furniture

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If you have some older pieces of furniture which don’t quite match the rest of the wood in your home, consider re-finishing them to match. Obviously, you can buy all brand-new furniture, but sometimes that is either too expensive of an option or the piece of furniture itself its a family heirloom. Regardless of your reasons, here is how to refinish old furniture.

How to Refinish Old Furniture

Before beginning, it’s always important to assess the difficulty and importance of the project at hand. If you’re an experienced DIY-er, then this project will be fairly straightforward for you. That said, even the most experienced DIY-er should know to seek the help of an experienced furniture refinishing company when working with the most important family heirlooms.

1. Strip the Old Finish

Apply paint stripper to the surface of the piece of furniture. Be sure to follow the directions on the can, but typically you will need to let the paint stripper sit for 5-10 minutes before removing. When it’s time, remove the old finish with a scraping tool and repeat one more time just to be sure all the old finish is gone. You really want to be sure all the old finish is gone because if you don’t it all, your new wood stain will not set correctly. Once finished, wipe clean with mineral spirits.

2. Sand the Furniture

Once finished stripping the old finish, and once you’re sure it is clean, it’s time to sand your piece of furniture. This step ensures you remove every last piece of the finish while getting the furniture nice and smooth. We suggest using a150 grit piece of sandpaper if you notice a lot of bumps or finish. Once you’ve done this, use a 220 grit sandpaper to get the piece of wood furniture nice and smooth for the next step. Then, wipe clean with mineral spirits.

3. Apply the Wood Stain

Stain can be applied either with a brush or cloth. We suggest using cloth as it is a much easier method. Additionally, you’ll want to purchase gloves to keep your hands from turning the same color as the stain. When ready, dip your staining cloth into the stain and apply in even strokes with the grain.

4. Remove Excess Stain

As always, read the directions. Depending on the type of stain you used, it could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes for your stain to set. This will also depend on how dark you want your stain to come out: if you want a darker tone, then simply leave the stain on for longer. Once you’re ready to remove the stain, wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. Also wipe gently and go with the grain of the wood. Keep applying stain until you’ve reached the color of wood you desire.

5. Apply the Clear Coat

Once you’ve achieved the right stain color for your piece of wood furniture, it’s time to seal the furniture. Apply the clear coat according to the directions on the can; we only add that you want to be sure not to shave your clear coat as this will create bubbles. Sand in between coats of clear coat and after your second coat you will be ready to go!

For help with refinishing old furniture, give your local Maryland furniture refinishing company a call today. Genesis Flooring America is a local Maryland furniture refinishing company and flooring store that can help you with all your furniture refinishing needs. To get in touch with Genesis flooring, call us at 410-552-6410, or fill out the contact us form on our website today!


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