Tips for Making Old Furniture Look like New

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Tips for Making Old Furniture Look like New

When I got married, my mother passed a family heirloom onto me that was a piece of old, wooden furniture that had been in the family for generations. Since it was showing its age, I decided to see if I could learn how to restore it. Before I worked on it, I decided to practice on a few furniture pieces I grabbed at a second-hand store. I soon learned that restoring old furniture was more difficult than I expected, but I also learned how much I love to do it! I soon fell in love with my new hobby and am always working on a new piece. I know there are people out there who want to learn how to restore furniture, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips and tricks for learning a new hobby. I hope I can help you learn your new craft!

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If you like the style of the furniture you have or you want to look to purchase wood furniture that needs some care, you will want to learn about restoring all of it. This way, you will not have to worry about spending thousands of dollars on the purchase of brand new furniture, especially if you are worried that what you could afford would not be as solid or as good of quality as the older furniture that you have now. Here are some restoration tips to get you started:

Remove The Old Varnish

Before you break out the hand sanding supplies, you will want to first remove the old sealant or varnish. This is easily done by painting a removal solution all over the furniture. This can smell really bad and put off a lot of toxic fumes, so this work is best done outside where there is plenty of fresh air. If you have to complete the work inside, you need to make sure that the windows are open and you have some fans running for proper ventilation. The solution will need to sit on the furniture for a couple of hours before you can start gently scraping the stuff off. You may have to repeat this step if all of the paint or varnish did not come off the first time.

Start Sanding

You will first want to allow the furniture to completely dry after the varnish removal solution was totally removed. Then, take a sanding block or sheets of sandpaper and start sanding down the wood. Make sure that you are sanding in the direction that follows the grain and that you are taking your time with this. Do not use too much force, as that could cause grooves in the furniture that you really do not want to have because it alters the look of the piece. You may have to carefully remove some knobs or handles that are present in order to easily get all areas of the wood.

Apply Finishing Oil Or Stain

If you would like to leave the furniture in its natural state, you can skip the stain and simply apply some finishing oil. The oil will protect the wood and give it a nice look. Then again, if you want a little more color in your furniture, you can always select a high quality stain and apply it to the wood as directed. Either way, you will need to allow the coats of oil or stain to completely dry before putting everything back in place.