How To Finish Wood Furniture For Use Outdoors

I have a lovely wooden bench on the porch that I got for free last spring, and it soon became my favorite coffee-sipping seat. Gerardo and Ivan’s team did a great job on 3 pieces for me. One was an antique table that had decades old water stains-I didn’t even think it could be refinished. I am going to redo an entire bedroom set with a vanity in a two-toned fashion keeping the drawers their natural wood beauty and painting the sides and top off white. Sanding is a good method only if you have good sanding equipment and are experienced in its use.

Wood furniture with areas of upholstered fabric, such as the seat cushion of a dining room chair, should also be carefully inspected and treated for mold. Recently, it became time to restore and we moved the table out to the garage where I gently rubbed the surface (along the grain) with very fine steel wool, dipped in methylated spirits, The table looked like new again but time prevented us sealing it with the chosen polyurethane varnish. I’ve even bought pieces that were failing apart, as long as the wood wasn’t cracked and the joints themselves — as distinct from their shaky fastenings — were in decent shape.

It’s got that orange oak looking too and chair seats with distressed (from years of abuse) white table legs, chair legs and chair backs. As for the primer you mentioned, I haven’t tried anything like that, however I do know that if you use chalk paint instead of latex then there is no need to sand or prep the surface. I think I cut my teeth on a block of wood and I literally learned to walk in a cabinet shop. Place fresh thinner in the coffee can and store your brushes in the can for the next use.

Then I sanded the table lightly using 320-grit sandpaper, to prepare it for the second coat of stain to stick. Rub it in tiny circles over the whole surface of the table top and you should find that as you move and feel the top, there is a marked difference between the textures. This dresser had some unique trenches that were darker than the rest of the wood that I wanted to preserve.

When I can find the time, I am going to be repainting a coffee table as well as a buffet piece. Let the linseed oil stay on your wood for 10-15 minutes and then remove excess with clean cotton cloth. After I finished painting I let the table sit overnight before distressing it a little the next day. I applied the first coat of sanding sealer evenly, using a synthetic trim brush.

Beck has been refinishing furniture for years and she is here to share with us her tried and true methods for restoring wood furniture back to its natural beauty — even the intricate carved pieces! We had a cherry table that they stripped and re-finished for us. It is so beautiful and hard to believe it is the same table. We’ve been using mineral oil on our wood as well…especially after I read that linseed oil can spontaneously combust and has burned some homes to the ground! A pint was more than enough for my huge table and I still have a lot left for touch-ups. I was thinkin gof using Epifanes High Gloss Marine finish to seal my repurposed exterior dining table.

Kevin’s expertise is the result of more than 20 years’ experience working with and learning about wood finishes and furniture repair and refinishing. They do refrigerator cleaning and disinfecting, wood repair, furniture assembly, and much more. Refinish an oak veneer table top that is scuffed and faded by years of kitchen use. If you are painting as opposed to staining, I wouldn’t stress too much about stripping or sanding the intricate parts.

Allow it to dry before reapplying, if needed; the patched spot should be slightly raised from the rest of the surface to allow for sanding. Sand by hand the legs and arms of chairs and tables or other intricate detailed areas. Most of the time you will have to remove finish from the area to treat the wood directly (bleach). It went on incredibly smoothly since stain is very watery and the sanded veneer happily soaked it right up. Note: if your wood or veneer isn’t soaking up the stain you probably haven’t sanded it thoroughly enough, so go back and be sure to really sand through the existing poly so the wood underneath can absorb the stain.