We all have a piece of wooden furniture that is our absolute favorite. However, it is bound to lose its natural finish after a while. Yes, taking care of your wooden furniture can delay its finish from wearing off, but eventually, you will have to refinish your old furniture.

The good thing is, you can easily do it at your home. Wondering how? We are here to help you with just that. Below we have made a guide that will help you refinish your old furniture. So, put your gloves on, and let’s get started!

Clean and Examine

The first thing that you need to do is clean your furniture the way you regularly do. Make sure that there isn’t any dirt or some other sticky substance on the surface. It is recommended you clean the piece with a damp sponge and then dry it with a microfiber towel.

Once you are done cleaning, take some time to examine the piece. This will help you determine which areas need careful attention. Moreover, you will be able to tell if your piece needs additional repairs as well.

Remove the old finish

For removing the old finish, you can use both sanding sheets or chemical strippers. Along with that, you can also use a heat gun. Removing old finishes is one of the most time-consuming parts of refinishing your furniture, so make sure you pay extra attention here.

As mentioned above, you can use sanding sheets or sandpaper to remove the old finish. However, make sure you either have a power sander or rent it. If you are unable to get a power sander, you can use a chemical stripper as it is widely available. Along with that, it is more effective and easy to use.

Seal the wood and paint

It is advised that you use a sealant before you apply the paint as it both protects the piece as well as creates a smooth base for you to paint on. If your furniture piece has cracks, you should use a filler first that matches the color of your wood. After that, apply a coat of sealant all over your furniture, make sure that you cover all areas. After the sealant is dry, you can sand the surface to even it out.

Before you stain or paint the piece, make sure that there is no sand dust on the surface. You can then proceed to paint the surface. Let the first layer of paint dry, then add a second layer if needed.

Apply finish

The last step is to apply the wood finish. There are several options that you can choose from oil finishes, lacquer, and polyurethane. Once you have selected your preferred wood finish, you can apply the finish with a cotton rag or paintbrush. Once the layer is dried, you can add another layer. 


That was all! Now you know all the steps that you can follow to refinish your furniture and make it as new as it was before.