Buying new furniture is expensive Finding old pieces at auction or yard sales is fun It can be as inexpensive as you want it to be It’s rewarding to see your finished product It adds value to the piece You can spent little or a lot of time on the piece as you want
For the beginner, chose a simple piece with little detail See the following examples and notice the detail The more detail in the wood, the more time and work it will take to strip the piece and refinish it.
This piece is a beautiful antique and most likely made from walnut wood. It has beautiful detail and might be fairly cheap if found at a yard sale. Beware. It may seem like a simple piece but to the beginner, this piece could be overwhelming due to the detail. Special tools are needed to get into the tiny spaces of the beveled or rounded parts of the wood. For the beginner, this project may be a bit much to take on at first
This walnut corner shelf is simple but a good piece to start out with to see if you have the time and energy to dedicate to refinishing furniture. Small pieces like this cost just a few dollars and the supplies needed to refinish it cost less than $15. Edges are smooth and flat making it easy to sand by hand Also, don’t chose painted wood if you are not experienced.
SAND PAPER Choose a variety of sand paper textures Coarse paper to start Fine paper to finish
Tohold the sandpaper in place Much more ergonomic Reusable
Minwax Wood stain is a good quality stain Inexpensive Many colors to choose from Easy to apply
Putsa clear protective coat on your finished piece Comes in several gloss levels for high or low shine Optional
Latex protects your skin from chemical burn or staining when using the wood stain Prevents finger prints from appearing on the stain while holding your piece as you work on it Prevents oil from your skin mixing with the stain and leaving discoloration on the wood’s surface
Chose the texture of the sand paper you want to start with Attach it firmly and taut to the sanding block Begin by pressing the sand paper onto the wood Run the paper in the same direction as the wood grain Never go against the grain Never sand in a circular motion
Take a damp cloth and wipe the excess dust from your sanding off the surface With an old cloth, dip into the Minwax stain until the cloth is soaked thoroughly with stain Gently rub the stain into the wood It is okay to use circular
•Lighter stains show more variation in the wood grain •Variation or flaws in the grain are more noticeable the lighter the stain •Darker shades hidevariations and can give the wood an antique look •The softer the wood
Let dry for at least 4-6 hoursReapply stain until your desired effect is reachedStore in a cool and dry place until all staining is completed and dry
Use a basic paint brush Use even strokes following the grain of the wood Apply second coat if desired Keep area free of dust and debris until dry
Again, start small and simpleGraduate onto larger, more detailed piecesExperiment with different woods and stainsGreat for bringing life to old furniture