Restoring old wooden furniture is not for the faint of heart. It is not a hobby you should consider if you expect fast results and have limited patience. Then again, if you want to discover a new way of spending your time while creating something beautiful, this might be for you. Furthermore, if you become good at it, you will rescue numerous old pieces of furniture from landfills and even might make a few extra bucks in the process.
Once you have found your first project, make sure the wood is of quality and is not a veneer applied onto plywood. Restoring will add value only to pieces of furniture that have some to begin with. Check your furniture for labels or stamps from the manufacturer. If it is a valuable antique, restoring it might alter its worth. In that case, contact an expert such as
Choose a place that is well-ventilated, has plenty of light and is out of the way for your family and pets. Gather
Once you have gathered everything you need, begin with a thorough cleaning of the furniture. Using soap and warm water, wash the piece entirely and carefully, also drying it promptly with a towel. Wash it only if it seams stained or finished. You should not wet exposed wood. This step may reveal a beautiful piece of furniture that may not require as much work. If it turns out that restoration is needed, begin with
The stripping process begins with the application of the stripper, either paste or liquid, one surface at the time. After letting the product sit for a bit, push the finish off with the stripping tools. Do not press hard as it could damage the wood. If the old finish is not gone with one application, repeat the process until you are satisfied. Some people recommend
Staining your furniture is generally not necessary, especially if you wish to resell it for a profit. If you must stain it, apply the stain gently, on faded area first and wipe off extra stain. You must know that if you use paint, your furniture will lose all resale value as an antique. For the finishing touch, use polyurethane or epoxy varnishes or finishing oil. Apply in thin layers and let dry thoroughly between each application. Make sure you dust the furniture before each application. If you wish to eliminate the gloss, rub gently with a piece of steel wool. You can also add a thin layer of furniture wax.
Your project is almost complete, you only need to reassemble your furniture and enjoy it.