How To Refinish Hardwood Furniture

Posted on: 6 October 2017

When it comes to style, hardwood furniture is really hard to beat, especially for your living room furniture. Homeowners love the fact that they can customize their hardwood furniture by applying a unique stain and the fact that the finish on hardwood furniture can be changed over the years. That is, you can always refinish hardwood to completely redefine the style of your furniture. The possibilities are truly endless with hardwood—you can even apply an antique finish to make your piece look more rustic. This article explains the importance of refinishing hardwood furniture and the best approach for a solid new stain finish.

The Importance of Maintaining the Stain Finish

If the protective stain wears off of your hardwood, it will be vulnerable to moisture damage, which can lead to warping and swelling within the wood grains. This is something you need to worry about on tables and countertops where you might be setting sweaty drinks and plates. Often, you will need to refinish your furniture before it even looks aged or damaged. In fact, if you wait too long, you will have to make repairs to the wood before you can apply the new stain.

Applying a New Stain Finish

When applying a clear stain finish on an old piece of hardwood furniture, the prep work is all important. You can expect to spend more time prepping the furniture through sanding and steel wool than you actually spend applying the stain. You can speed up the sanding with a vibrating power sander, but you will also need handheld sanding blocks to reach all of the corners. Even when you are applying the exact same color of stain, you need to sand down the surface to ready it for the new stain. The surface needs to be uniform so the new stain absorbs evenly.

For the most comprehensive and long lasting stain job, you should try to just sand off all of the existing stain. Then, you can smooth out the surface a little more with steel wool.

Applying the stain is easiest if you use a rag. Dip the rag directly into the stain can and rub it directly onto the wood. Spread it around even and make sure you hit the entire surface without leaving any pools or runs. When that coat of stain dries, use the steel wool to smooth it out, and then get ready to apply the next coat. Most stain jobs require multiple coats for a lasting finish.