As the year passes, your furniture grows older and looks shabby. The best way to regain the old beauty of your furniture is to refinish them by using stain or paint. It might look easy, but the task of refinishing old furniture by applying fresh stain and paint is really difficult. It may distort the looks of your furniture if not properly done. However, it is possible to turn them into an easy one by following some simple steps.
Remove Old Finish:
The first step to stain your old furniture to make it look new is to remove the old finish. Although it is the most tiresome and messy task you can do it properly by using chemical strippers and sanding. Chemical strippers are also known as paint strippers and they can be the most efficient products for removing paint and old finishes from your old wooden furniture. However, before using chemical strippers, you should take proper safety precautions like wearing rubber gloves, eyeglasses, dust mask etc. You need to make sure that there is proper ventilation when you are removing old finish from your old furniture by using a chemical stripper.
Filling the Grain:
The next step is to fill the grain by using good quality wood filler. It is important to use a proper rag or stiff paintbrush when using wood filler. However, if the wood already has a tight grain, then you may skip this step as you will not require grain filler.
Applying Stain on the Furniture:
When it comes to applying stain on your old furniture, there are many different options to choose. For example, you can choose from water-based stains, oil-based stains, gel stains, and one-step stains. Always use a good quality paintbrush or staining pad to apply stain on your old wooden furniture. Remember, staining pad is ideal when it comes to applying stain on wooden furniture, but you can also give paintbrush a try. Also, you should follow the manufacturer’s instruction when applying stain on wooden furniture.
Applying a Clear Coat of Finishes:
You should also consider applying a clear coat of finishes to give your old furniture a newer look. Depending on your choice, you can choose any of the clear coats available in the market. For easy application, use a clear coat and apply evenly. Don’t forget to follow the natural lines of the wood. Once you apply the final layer, it is important to allow the surface to dry for at least 1 hour.