How to bleach wood furniture

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How to bleach wood furniture
Bleaching wood can get rid of old stain. (BrAt_PiKaChU/iStock/Getty Images)

Bleaching will not turn walnut into pine, but it will lighten almost any wood a notch, and it will help minimize stains from old paint and varnish.

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Things you need

  • Liquid bleach
  • Latex gloves
  • Buckets
  • Brushes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mix equal proportions of household bleach and warm water.

  2. 2

    Apply from top to bottom of the piece of furniture using a paintbrush.

  3. 3

    Repeat several times, turning the piece around and upside down. Turn for two reasons: so that the sun doesn't always hit the piece in the same spot as you're working, and so that the bleach solution doesn't always run in the same direction or collect in the same spot.

  4. 4

    Rinse with plain water.

  5. 5

    Allow to dry thoroughly.

Tips and warnings

  • Pick a nice day and do this outside. It's a fun project, but it's guaranteed to be wet and splashy - plus, the sun strengthens the action of the bleach.
  • Bleach won't work on a finished surface. Strip or sand first.

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