Do It Yourself Furniture Refinishing
Not everyone has the ability to build furniture, but nearly anyone can learn to refinish furniture. It doesn’t take more than some various types of sandpaper, decent paint brushes, rags and LOTS of patience. An electric sander makes things go faster but it’s not required. A small orbital sander will work just fine.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a store that sells unfinished furniture, you can find all sorts of items to refinish on your own. These stores carry everything from coffee tables and bookcases to full dining sets. All you have to do is figure out your budget and what items you want to start refinishing.
Once you have selected the furniture item you want to refinish, your next order of business is to decide how you want to finish it. There are quite a few choices in this. You can either paint it a color that matches the rest of the room or you can stain it and finish it off with a clear top-coat. In staining, you also have many choices. Stains are meant to enhance the beauty of the furniture while letting the natural wood show through.
You can choose a flat, semi-gloss or shiny top-coat. They’re very easy to work with as they are easy to apply, dry quickly, and clean up easily. In addition, you won’t have to deal with lots of heavy fumes with them.
The more popular options at the moment are finishes that are hand-painted. In this way, it’s quite possible to paint any piece of unfinished furniture to resemble a folk piece. If you want something even more challenging, you may try putting a faux finish on your unfinished furniture piece with paint. This can give it an appearance of anything from stone to steel.
No matter what else you decide to do with your piece of unfinished furniture, remember to just have some fun with it. Go at your own pace, and don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get the exact result you were after. Many times, you can get some of your best looking pieces by making what you considered at the time to be mistakes. Keep an open mind and let your creativity flow.