Damaged, worn, or old wooden furniture can come back to life if it is maintained or restored. The process is not that complicated, but it requires time, patience, and dedication, as well as a good choice of sandpaper. Here we show you how to bring your old wooden furniture back to life!
What you will need to renew your old wooden furniture
You have to start for safety. To renew old wooden furniture you have to have a series of elements that ensure that the entire process will be free of accidents. Your safety equipment must be made up of eye protectors, a mask (to prevent you from breathing in the sanding dust), and gloves.
As for the materials to prepare the surface, we advise you to have sandpaper. For the first stage, you will need coarser grit sandpaper (it can be 60 or 80). These are intended to level the surface, remove paint, mold, or stains, etc. You will also need fine-grit sandpaper (they can be 180 to 320). To make the sanding process easier, we recommend that you also have sandpaper holders.
Cleaning supplies will be necessary to keep the area and furniture spotless. A cleaning cloth, a brush, and a dustpan will suffice.
To prepare the surface of the furniture, after sanding, it will be essential to have brushes and primers. Finally, we will use paint and varnish for the finish.
Renew your furniture in 6 steps
It is time to renew that old furniture and give it new life. These are the 6 steps you have to follow:
Choose the furniture and check its condition
Not all furniture can be repaired. There is furniture that may be sick (woodworm, for example) and will need specialists to restore it. Verify that the furniture you want to repair is not sick so that you do not waste time working on it.
Select a light, spacious and airy workplace
Remember that you will sand so it is important to choose a site with good ventilation and free from interruptions. If there are more things nearby, try to protect them with a surface protector to prevent them from getting dirty
Start with 60-grit sandpaper if you want to level the surface. Stick with an 80 grit if your goal is to remove paint. Finish with finer grit sandpaper. For better sanding, always follow the orientation of the wood grain.
Prime, sand, and paint
After removing the dust residues from the sanded piece, begin to prime the surface. When dry, sand down to improve the finish, then wipe off excess dust and paint. After the first coat of color, wait for it to dry and give a second coat.
Create a vintage piece of furniture
Did you know that you can create vintage furniture, after step 4? Well, it’s true! You will only need to let the paint dry and sand with 320 g water-based sandpaper over the areas that wear more easily, giving an old finish.