How to Refinish an Armoire Wardrobe
An armoire wardrobe is usually made of wood and are long-term household items. Their outer surfaces can easily lose their natural luster. However, getting them to look brand new is easy with the use of polishing chemicals that are readily available. Adding polish to your armoire requires some patience and technique. You can complete the project by yourself in a weekend without the need to hire any professional help.
Step 1: Remove the Old Finish
Use a chemical stripper solution because it is the best option for you to lift the aging dirt on the armoire’s body. You can make the armoire look cleaner by applying the chemical stripper using a brush. Make sure that the brush does not bear specks of dust. Dip the brush into the stripper and apply on the armoire’s exterior. Once you have applied the chemical stripper, be patient and wait for the old finish to gradually come off.
Step 2: Scrape off the Old Finish
Once the old finish starts appearing loose, scrape it off using a putty knife. The putty knife is designed for carving and has a flat front. Use the edge to take off the old finish without damaging the armoire material. An additional, like a medium grade steel bar can prove to be handy to make sure that you get the scraping done till the corners.
Step 3: Use Sandpaper and Apply Sealer
Use 200-220 grit sandpaper to get the surface ready for the new polish. Also remember to have a clean finish, one that does not have chemicals. You will also need to apply the sanding sealer for a rich finish. Apply it with a clean dry cloth until you have covered the entire surface.
Step 4: Apply Stain
Apply stain over the sanding sealer after it has dried. Remember not to use too much of the stain because it can get too thick and will be hard to remove. Apply the stain generously and uniformly in order to get a richer effect of the polish material.
Step 5: Apply Polish
Once the last layer seems to dry off the armoire surface satisfactorily, apply the polyurethane solution (polish) with long strokes of a clean brush. This will allow the surface to remain protected from dust and dirt for a long time. Getting a new polish on your wooden armoire will not only bring about a big difference to your room, but will also increase its resale value. The overall appearance of a restored armoire is a big draw for those purchasing new furniture.