Making Your Wood Furniture Look New Again

Posted on: 23 November 2020

Wooden furniture can be an excellent addition to your home, but as the furniture ages, it may need some furniture refinishing to make it look great again. Small scratches, dents, and dings can cause wood furniture to look much older than it is, but refinishing it can bring it back to its original look or give it a completely new look. 

Professional Refinishing

Sometimes, the furniture you want to have refinished is valuable, and taking the piece to professional furniture refinishing shop is a better option than doing the work at home. The furniture refinishing shop will give you a price and talk with you about the choices you have for the finish on the wood before they get started, so if you want to change the look of the furniture, this is the time to let them know.

If the furniture has value or is antique, it might be better to keep the original look of the wood on the furniture so that the change in the finish does not diminish the value. Often the value of an old piece is because the look and feel of the furnishing and updating it to a new look can make it less desirable. Something as simple as a change in the stain color can completely change the marketability of the furnishing, and a professional refinishing company can often tell you if that is going to be the case with your item.

Do It Yourself Refinishing

Furniture that is not particularly valuable can often be a great project to refinish at home if you are handy. Furniture refinishing starts with removing the old finish, and there are some great products on the market that will remove the old finish very quickly. A visit to your local home center is a great place to find a furniture stripper, and the associate at the store can help you pick one that is right for removing old paint and varnish from your furniture. 

Once all the old material has been removed from the wood, you will need to sand the wood's surface down to remove dents and dings from the surface. It is essential that you do not remove so much wood that it changes the surface, so take your time and work slowly, sanding with rough sandpaper first and then working your way to a fine paper that will smooth the surface before adding any finish to the furniture. 

Once the old finish has been removed, you can choose a new stain or paint to put on the furniture and give it the look that you are after. If you need some help, most home centers will have all the materials you need and can advise on the best finishes to use on your wood if you need some advice.

If you have additional questions, reach out to a furniture refinishing service in your area.