Furniture Refinishing - Preparation

Refinishing a table
  • 1-100 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-300
What You'll Need
Natural bristle brushes (preferable to synthetic ones, which can melt when they come in contact with harsh chemicals)
Steel wool (0000-3)
Old paint brushes
Paint scraper
Plastic buckets
Putty knife
Brass bristle brushes
Screwdrivers
Durable rubber gloves
Safety goggles
Canvas and plastic drop cloths
Squeegee
Screwdrivers
Wood chisels
Files
Syringe or putty knife
Sanding shapes
Sanding block
Orbital sander
Electric drill
Lamb's wool pad for drill
Vacuum cleaner
Rubber mallet
Various clamps (appropriate to your project)
Very sharp razor blade
Seam roller
Denatured alcohol
Cotton balls
Clean dry rags
Steel wool
Paper towels or rags
Newspaper
Cardboard box
Cotton swabs
Toothpicks
Sandpaper (100-120 grit)
Carpenter's wood glue
Wood dough
Waxed paper
Tack cloth
Plastic sheeting
Masking tape
Lacquer thinner
Paraffin or linseed oil
Latex wood filler
Mineral spirits
Stain
Sanding sealer
Finishing sealer
Paste wax
What You'll Need
Natural bristle brushes (preferable to synthetic ones, which can melt when they come in contact with harsh chemicals)
Steel wool (0000-3)
Old paint brushes
Paint scraper
Plastic buckets
Putty knife
Brass bristle brushes
Screwdrivers
Durable rubber gloves
Safety goggles
Canvas and plastic drop cloths
Squeegee
Screwdrivers
Wood chisels
Files
Syringe or putty knife
Sanding shapes
Sanding block
Orbital sander
Electric drill
Lamb's wool pad for drill
Vacuum cleaner
Rubber mallet
Various clamps (appropriate to your project)
Very sharp razor blade
Seam roller
Denatured alcohol
Cotton balls
Clean dry rags
Steel wool
Paper towels or rags
Newspaper
Cardboard box
Cotton swabs
Toothpicks
Sandpaper (100-120 grit)
Carpenter's wood glue
Wood dough
Waxed paper
Tack cloth
Plastic sheeting
Masking tape
Lacquer thinner
Paraffin or linseed oil
Latex wood filler
Mineral spirits
Stain
Sanding sealer
Finishing sealer
Paste wax

When getting started on your furniture refinishing project, there are some things to keep in mind.

1. Permits and Codes

No permits are needed when refinishing furniture. Codes do not apply here.

2. Design

staining a piece of wood

The design aspect of furniture refinishing rests in your choice of pieces to strip, repair and refinish. Choose carefully for value, planning the selection to enhance the individual rooms of your home.

3. Most Common Mistakes

The most common mistake in furniture refinishing is failure to read and follow manufacturers' instructions for chemicals being used. Other common mistakes are listed with each specific step.