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Refurbish Second Hand Wood Furniture

May 9, 2013 Furniture ConceptsLifestyle

Beautiful wood furniture is timeless. Wood is a natural material and makes a room feel cozy. The patterns of grain differ from tree to tree. The strength and durability of wood makes it a great choice for kitchen, living room, dining room, den and bedroom furniture. Occasionally second hand wood furniture needs to be refurbished.

The furniture may be water stained, scratched or faded. The marks and blemishes can be taken out. The process is the same whether the surface is flat or curved. It is simple to achieve but takes time.

The refurbishing process creates dust and uses finishing products. A well-ventilated area and temperatures above 55 degrees is recommended. If the furniture has large flat surfaces, a sandpaper power tool helps cut down time. Sandpaper is rated from coarse to very fine, and every degree is needed for the project. Fine steel wool can be substituted during the later stages of sanding.

The furniture is cleaned using a commercial solution, and then very coarse sandpaper is used to remove the old varnish. Deep gouges are filled in with wood putty. A less coarse sandpaper grade is used next. Dust is wiped from the furniture with a damp cloth.

The furniture is allowed to dry thoroughly because wood is porous. It expands and shrinks when moisture enters the grain. The texture of moist wood feels lumpy and acts differently than dry wood. After the piece dries it is sanded, wiped with a damp cloth and dried once more.

Stain comes next. Stains are available in a variety of colors from dark like walnut to lighter oak. Natural varnish retains the natural color of the wood. A stain soaks into the wood pores. Stain is applied with either a cloth or soft brush. It is applied in the same direction as the grain of the wood.

The next step is sanding with the finest grade sandpaper. Dust is wiped off, the piece dried and varnish applied. At least two coats of varnish are recommended for furniture surfaces that are not handled all the time, like cabinets and bedroom furniture. Three coats work well on tabletops.

A final coat of polyurethane sealer protects the furniture and brings out the natural beauty of the wood. The furniture looks fabulous again.

It takes time to refurbish furniture, and there is a simpler solution. Buy wood furniture online. The Ethnicraft wood furniture store carries beautiful and functional pieces for every room.

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