One of the hottest trends right now is to find used pieces of furniture and re-use or re-purpose them. This is a great way to save money by using things that you may already have and give them a new lease of life. You can also save money if you go and buy a used piece that may need some extra attention to get it looking good again. You may have a dresser, headboard, bookshelf, table or chairs that need to be refinished to be back in great working and looking condition.
L.W. Winslow Painting outlines what it takes to refinish your old pieces of furniture and why it is best to hire a professional.
What Kinds Of Furniture Can Be Refinished?: There is really no limit to the pieces of furniture that you can have refinished. Anything that is made of wood or metal can be cleaned up and repainted or stained into something new and fun. A dresser can be prepared and painted and some new hardware added to match it to a new room or décor. Whatever the pieces are that you are going to refinish, you want to be sure that it is well made and in generally good condition.
Can You Use Wood Furniture That Is Broken?: If you have a furniture piece that is a little rickety or has a piece broken, you can still use it. As long as the piece has good bones and the main structure is not broken it can still be revitalized. Many times you just need to add some new hardware or tighten the bolts and screws. You can also have a new piece of wood added or sand down the area that needs some extra attention.
How to Refinish Wood Furniture: The first step when refinishing a piece of furniture is to make any repairs that may need to be done. You might need to tighten some areas or make minor repairs. The next step is to sand the wood pieces down to the natural wood so that you can start with a fresh canvas. This means removing the extra paint or stain that may already be on the piece. Then the piece is painted or stained and the clear coat or sealant is added in the end. Now you have a beautiful “new” piece of furniture.
Why Should I Hire A Professional for Furniture Repair & Restoration: The hard part about refinishing furniture is the small margin of error. The paint and stain is such a thin layer that if you take it back too far you can damage the wood. A professional has the experience in removing the old stain and paint as well as preparing and applying a fresh coat.