How to Restore Furniture With O-Cedar Oil & Fine Sandpaper

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How to Restore Furniture With O-Cedar Oil & Fine Sandpaper
Bring back the lustre of furniture using O'Cedar polish and sanding. (antique maple bar stool image by James Phelps from

If the wood of your antique or not so old furniture is still in good shape but has lost its lustre and the finish looks a bit battered; a simple restoration can make it a piece that is worth displaying where people can see it. Restoring furniture will entail some light sanding, a thorough cleaning, polishing and replacing some hardware.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 240 to 280 grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Dust sheet
  • O'Cedar Polish
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Cleaning solution
  • Putty knife
  • Wood stripper

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  1. 1

    Inspect the furniture piece carefully before beginning the restoration. Look for trouble areas such as heavy dirt or polish build-up in corners or carvings.

  2. 2

    Remove the hardware such as knobs and overlays. Not only can you find dirt trapped underneath these hardware, it is easier to get a smooth, finished look without these metal pieces attached.

  3. 3

    Wipe down the whole piece of furniture with a damp cloth dipped in cleaning solution. Use the paint brush to apply cleaning solution to crevices or carvings and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, wipe these crevices with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Wipe the furniture again with O'Cedar Polish. This will remove deeper dirt and grit that is layered on the furniture. Leave the furniture to dry for 6 hours.

  5. 5

    Sand down the surfaces of the furniture with fine-grained sandpaper. Pay attention to bumpy and hard to reach areas. Sand the surface in the direction of the wood grain, in even strokes.

  6. 6

    Clean the piece again with a damp cloth dipped in mild, soapy water to remove the grit created from sanding. Wipe the furniture again with a tack cloth to pick up any remaining saw dust.

  7. 7

    Dampen a clean cloth with O'Cedar Polish. Rub the furniture with the polish following the direction of the wood grain. Rub the polish well into the wood. Allow the first coat to dry until the surface no longer feels sticky. Repeat this step 3 or 4 times to achieve a rich colour and coating. After the last coat, let the furniture dry for 4 to 6 hours.

  8. 8

    Buff the entire surface with a soft cloth and then reinstall the hardware pieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Polish a small area at a time, perhaps 10 or 12 inches, to keep your strokes even.

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