How to Restore Old Furniture

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If you want to save time and money, don't shop for new furniture. Instead, give your old wood furniture a face lift. Once you learn how to restore old furniture, you'll wonder why you didn't attempt it sooner. With the right tools and a little elbow grease, your old furniture will look as good as new in no time. Read on to learn how to restore old furniture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Old piece of furniture
  • Dust sheet or old newspapers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Semi-paste stripper
  • Aluminum can
  • Two paint brushes
  • Putty knife
  • 100-Grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Gel stain
  • Clean cloth
  • Finishing top coat

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  1. 1

    Choose a location where the restoration will take place. If you can't take your old furniture outdoors, a room with proper ventilation will suffice.

  2. 2

    Apply a dust sheet or old newspapers on the ground and place the furniture on top.

  3. 3

    Put on rubber gloves and pour the semi-paste stripper into an aluminium can.

  4. 4

    Dip the paint brush into the stripper and apply it to the furniture. Work in small sections, as not to get overwhelmed.

  5. 5

    Wait approximately 10 minutes, then remove the old finish with a putty knife. Continue with this method until you can see clean wood.

  6. 6

    Allow the furniture to dry for several hours, otherwise, the sandpaper will get gunked up from the semi-paste stripper.

  7. 7

    Sand the entire surface of your old furniture with the sandpaper. Go with the grain; not against it. Once it has been sanded, wipe it down with a tack cloth to remove dust.

  8. 8

    Use a new paint brush to apply gel stain. Allow the stain to penetrate the wood for five minutes, then wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth. Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours.

  9. 9

    Apply a finishing top coat to protect your furniture and make it shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Many people find that gel stain is easier to use, as it reduces the risk of drips and splashes.
  • Always use caution when working with chemical stripper. Do not place contents near a heat source; do not smoke. Work in an area that is well-ventilated.

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