Refurbishing an Old Wood Footstool

What You'll Need
Furniture decals

A wood footstool is a common furniture item found in practically any house an it is convenient for a wide variety of purposes. With regular use, the wooden footstool may end up looking old and worn out. But, do not throw it away because there are various things you can do to give it a quick facelift and make it look like new. Here are some basic guidelines which you can follow to do this.

Step 1: Deciding What To Do

First, take a good look at your footstool. Check whether it has any cracks. If the footstool had been painted, you will need to decide whether you want to retain the same color.

Step 2: Removing Existing Coatings

If there is a coating of paint, start off by scraping it off. Use a fine grit sandpaper to sand it. If you want to reveal the wood's grain, you will have to do a more thorough sanding. In order to facilitate the job, you could use a paint remover. However, before you add a coat of paint, make sure to test it on a small unnoticeable area. Once you are ready clean the wood well to remove any residue before proceeding.

Step 3: Filling In Holes, Cracks and Similar Problems

At this point you will need to fill in any holes, cracks and similar patches which require repairing. Often corners may be a bit chipped off, so consider sanding the corners for neatness. Use a suitable sealer to fill such holes and cracks.

If there are any broken parts, you must repair them well. Wobbly footstools are common and they can be fixed by simply replacing screws and matching legs.

Step 4: Painting

If you wish to paint the footstool apply a coating of the paint of your choice. You can use any color. Since this is relatively a small furniture item, use a small paintbrush or roller. You may need to apply more than one coating if the chosen color is lighter than the previous one. Make sure to leave each coating for at least 24 hours to dry completely.

Step 5: Staining

If you do not wish to paint it, then you can stain it. Match the stain color with the rest of the furniture found in the room. Start with a light coating and then apply subsequent coatings in order to darken the wood. It is also best to apply a coating of clear varnish to finish the stain.

Step 6: Decorating

If you have a knack at crafts and painting you can decorate the footstool yourself. Try painting a pattern, such as flowers on its top part, or even around the legs. You can make use of various furniture decals and stencils that are available in specialized stores. Choose appropriate paints and colors and dab with a soft sponge. You will be impressed how different your footstool will look once finished.