Wood Refinishing Made Easy

Wood Refurnishing Over time, your wooden furniture may lose its shine and beauty due to wear and tear, frequent cleaning, or other physical damage. If your favourite wooden furniture has become an eyesore, you might want to consider refinishing it yourself, to banish that worn out paint and perk it up again.

Refinishing used and distressed wood furniture is not all that tough, but choose your battles, as they say. Try some simple jobs on your own at home, and hire professional painters for more extensive and involved projects or to restore valuable antiques.

Wood Refinishing: Simple as 1, 2, 3

In spite of what many people think, refinishing old wood furniture is actually pretty straightforward. The entire process consists of only three main steps: Strip, Sand, and Paint. Read on for helpful hints.

1. Strip
To change the colour of your wood furniture, or simply redo the original colour, first you need to strip away the old paint to make way for the new. The fresh coats of paint will adhere much better to the wood if you take the time and care to remove any previous paint layers lurking beneath the surface.

To strip the old paint, place the furniture in an open area away from children and pets, so they won’t come into contact with the chemicals from the stripper. It’s best to perform wood stripping in an area where you have access to a hose or heated water source because the stripper needs to be rinsed off with hot water.

Before applying the stripper, make sure you put on safety protection, such as rubber gloves, to prevent the chemicals from damaging your skin. When you, the area, and the furniture are ready, apply the stripper and wait at least 15 minutes. To remove it along with the old paint, use a scraper and scrubbing pad. You can also rinse the stripper off your furniture using hot water.

2. Sand
To even out the stripped surfaces on your furniture, sand them using medium-grade sandpaper with an orbital sander or a hand-sanding pad. Medium-grade sandpaper effectively removes flaking paint and other debris from the furniture that you may have missed earlier with the scraper and scrubbing pad. Sanding dust and other residue can easily be wiped away with a damp cloth.

If there are dents, gouges or scratches in your wood furniture, fill them in using a putty knife and some wood filler. Allow the wood filler to dry and set thoroughly before applying paint.

3. Paint
Once the prepping is complete, you’re all set to paint. Apply a coat of primer first, before applying your chosen color. Don’t forget to allow each coat to dry well before applying another coat.

After the final application of paint has dried, cover the painted surfaces with a clear coat of polyurethane topcoat for added protection to the painted finish.

Just a Starting Point!

Again, make sure to take on the refinishing process in an open area with plenty of ventilation and well away from children and pets. A spacious, well ventilated work area will also help you breathe easily while applying the stripper and paint, both of which can have fairly strong odors. You can even choose to wear a mask, for extra protection.

Once you’re done, the furniture will look so great you’ll want to consider having your walls restored to their former glory by skilled and efficient professional painters with an eye for colour and design. The winning combination will truly rejuvenate your home.

Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totalling $5.5M. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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