Some of the hottest shows on television follow teams of people that find old pieces of furniture and reclaim or restore them to something more beautiful. It has made it into something that people now look at when deciding to throw out their old wood furniture or restoring it to use again. There are pieces of wood furniture that you may look at and think there is no hope of restoring to its former beauty but you can have these pieces restored, looking their best and totally usable again. If you ever wondered what it takes and if it is best to do it yourself or hire a professional, check out these steps.
L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. has the steps that it takes to restore your wood furniture.
Remove the old finish on the wood furniture: If you come across a piece of old wood furniture that has seen better days and you want to try your hand at restoring it, you need to start with taking the old finish off the wood. The wood could have clear coat, stain and even paint that needs to be stripped off the wood. You need to use sandpaper or a sanding wheel to remove the finish. You want to be sure that you don’t take the finish too far so that you take the wood away too. That is why this is better left a professional to be sure that the wood is not damaged.
Fix any broken parts of the wooden furniture: If you have a piece that also needs some TLC you might need to fix a broken leg or door to be sure that it is sturdy and functional. You want to be sure that the final product is safe to use and will withstand everyday use. This may mean that you are going to have to screw or nail loose pieces back onto the main piece. This can take some specialty equipment and if you are not certain how to do it you should hire a professional.
Stain & finish the wood furniture: After the wood has been prepped, it is ready to paint or stain. This is where you get to choose a color or stain to add to the wood. You want to make sure that you know what the outcome of the color will be. Stain has to be applied in layers and the more that you apply the darker the wood will turn out. Once you are happy with the color choice it needs to have a finish coat added to it to protect the wood and the new color.