Wood furniture is a favorite for many reasons. First of all, it is traditional. For years, furniture manufacturers have used woods such as oak, cherry, maple and pine to make furniture. But sometimes you have a piece that needs to be refinished. This can be tricky if you donít know what you are doing.
Before you strip your wood furniture, take a good look at it. Is it something that has been passed down from generation to generation? If it is, you may want to have it appraised before you strip it. There are times that refinishing antique wood furniture can diminish the overall value.
When you are ready to start, make sure you have a good workplace. It should be a well-ventilated place, such as a patio or garage with newspaper laid out on which to place the wood furniture. Have some bricks handy to place sticky pieces on. If your item has drawers, legs or doors, remove those if possible. Using gloves and goggles for your protection, paint the piece with a layer of stripper. If you come in contact with the stripper, wash your skin immediately using soap and warm water. Give it plenty of time to strip the paint or varnish Ė usually five to ten minutes. Scrap off the excess paint and stripper using something sharp such as a putty knife, but try to not scratch the wood as it will be soft after stripping. You may need to repeat the process several times before all the paint or varnish is stripped off. If there is water stains on your piece of wood furniture, use a little vinegar to remove it.
Using cloth rags, wipe down the wood furniture piece with a generous amount of mineral spirits and allow to dry. Once you have stripped the paint or varnish off your piece of wood furniture, you can decide to either repaint it or stain it to its original finish.