Before restoring a piece of antique furniture, determine what type of wood is being worked upon. Restore original beauty to wood furniture and antiques with refinishing tips from a certified estate specialist in this free video on antiques and collecting.
You're looking to restore that piece of furniture or antique piece of furniture. I'm Blake Kennedy with Kennedy Brothers Estate Services and I'm here to help. Restoring a piece of furniture can be a lot of fun but also a lot of work. You want to make sure you know what type of wood you're working with first, whether it's an antique piece or a just a regular, nice piece of maple like this from the 50s and 60s. With an antique piece of furniture, some people go, "oh, I shouldn't do this. I should leave the original patina. I shouldn't touch this." Well, you know, that stuff that should be, you know, not touched from like the 1700s or if it has that right look. But, if you're not quite sure, call up an antique refinisher and see what they think on that. But, you know, to practice the first time, get a nice piece of wood furniture that you can start off with, if you're not quite sure you want to work on you antique piece of furniture first. But, this piece right here, if you want to strip it first completely, I use a nice semi-paste. A semi-paste will blob right on top or it and you have a little more control over it. First of all, you want to make sure you have your right supplies. You know, wear a nice, wear gloves, rubber gloves, have a nice white rag to wipe off if it starts to fall in spots you know. You want to make sure you have a nice tarp down in case you're working in the garage, because you are working with a strip and it'll strip your paint right off the floor. I use an extra, extra fine steel wool. I use a lot of this because it'll give it a nice smooth finish and not digging into the wood like a sandpaper. And, if you are going to use a sandpaper, I love using the palm sander, I use it all the time, but I use a light grit, 180, 150, just to knock off any imperfections on top. You cab just sort of wipe your hand across the top. But, one of the tricks I do, I do the paste and I rub, I rub it around with a steel wool, hitting the spots that are coming off, but when it starts to blob up and you want it to leave, I always get a nice little garbage can and I put it at an angle and, when I put it at an angle, it'll just sort of rub off into the garbage can, it's not getting on your floor and just keep doing that until it's completely off. And, then, after you get all the paste off of it, you want to just get lacquer thinner and just clean it all up with your rags, until you feel like its smooth. And let it dry out. And after it dries out, do a nice sanding on it, get it smooth again. If there's any pieces that you missed, then put it back on and make sure get it all off. And then, give it a nice smooth finish and then you can get stains, any color stains, whether you want it light or darker. A lot of times, you want to go a little bit darker than what it is because it's kind of hard to make something lighter than what it is. But then, you want to put a nice clear coat on top of that or a nice Minwax over the top of it. I hope that helped and good luck refinishing that furniture. It's really not that hard and it's a lot of fun. I'm Blake Kennedy.