Dark finish on old furnture

Old 01-07-04, 06:17 AM
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Dark finish on old furnture

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My parents have a beautiful solid wood bedroom set that has a black finish that they would like to lighten. This furniture has been around for some time, has a great deal of decrative detail, and I do not think sanding is going to help lighten these pieces. Is there a way to bleach or is painting going to be my best bet for refinishing? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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When you are faced with a dark finish, the only way I know to lighten it is to refinish it in the lighter color. Sanding a dark finish removes dark finish until it starts to wear through. This has a 'aged' look to it, but not just a lightening of the color. Trying to sand detail much can result in a lot of damage to it. It may be best to strip and refinish the furniture.

If you want to paint the furniture, then that is a route to take so that the finish can be lighter. Be sure to clean it thoroughly with mineral spirits to remove all the accumulated waxes and oils and grime from the years before proceeding.

Hope this helps.

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