Teak furniture is consistently one of the most expensive types of wooden furniture on the market, due to its durability, beauty, and the length of time it can take before trees are mature enough for harvesting and manufacturing. If you aren’t real keen on the color you can immediately wipe it off with mineral spirits or even layer another stain color on top of it. In other words, you can make adjustments to the color after it is applied. Veneer can sometimes have grain but it’s usually the same pattern repeated over and over. The only animal resin of importance in furniture coatings is shellac, or gum lac. Most old wood doesn’t need it but if you do buy such a product, be sure it’s compatible with the varnish you use. Liquid oil-based stains penetrate into the wood without raising the wood grain.
I just wanted to say thanks for giving such straight-forward easy to follow directions. In the pictures above we used a furniture stripping product that contains nasty chemicals like methylene chloride. Stain highlights the grain and lets the details of your wood furniture shine through. Allow the final coat on the wood veneer furniture to dry a full 48 hours before use.
Complete assessment and inspection of the furniture to determine the best method of repair or restoration. In general, liquid stains are applied with a rag or brush and allowed to penetrate into the wood. These spots are often caused by cold drinks left sitting for too long on wooden surfaces. I understand that lacquer has been used on furniture since the early 20th century, as furniture manufacturers discovered the productivity improvements of applying fast-drying lacquer with spray guns.
Kevin Southwick specializes in the conservation and restoration of antiques and in custom wood finishes. The weatherman was predicting warm and sunny weather, and I prefer to do furniture stripping outdoors. Dependent upon your selection, the wood refinishing process can include a solid painted color or the wood stain. When you think about refinishing wood furniture, you might assume paint or stain are the only tools at your disposal. But I should be clear that if you’re looking for a perfectly glossy and smooth piece of refinished furniture in the end then chalk paint is not for you.
Once you’ve removed as much finish as possible with the stripper, scrapers, and steel wool, follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the stripper from the wood. Materials: Most wood is by nature biodegradable, so anything not built of treated lumber (or rot resistant species such as teak, redwood, or cedar) will rot and break down with surprising speed. I decided to just use what I had on hand, which was a Minwax water-based stain in American Walnut. Cherry is a very smooth wood with a mild grain that can be stained a variety of colors.
Furniture intended for the indoors is never going to have as long an outdoor life as its pressure-treated or rot resistant wood counterparts, but a little protection from the elements goes a long way. Sand First: Before painting, sand the surface down to bare wood (or use a chemical wood stripper), so your primer will adhere well to the wood. To remove the last bits of finish, use a palm sander with medium-grit sandpaper (about 150-grit) until you see the bare wood. Unfortunately, because it is laminate, you cannot stain it. The only option is painting. After the stain has been applied, a final step is to seal the wood with a uv protective coating.
I would be happy with any other color as long as it is a natural wood color like maple, oak, cherry, pine, etc. Make sure to wear rubber gloves because the stain will stain your hands for days and it looks nasty. After cleaning your piece, apply the gel stripper using a brush, covering the entire surface of the wood. Begin spraying at the bottom of the furniture and work your way up to avoid streaking.
Check patched spots to make sure they are not higher or lower than the furniture surface; make any necessary adjustments by either sanding more or refilling the area. We know it’s hardwood floor under it, but we have no idea the looks of it. Your step-by-step wood floor project is helping me prepping and getting ready for our job. The wood is cleaned to remove stains, mildew and accumulated dirt to restore the wood to it’s original color. If it is a painted piece or will be painted then I would say you are OK to use filler or Bondo wood putty.
To paint a wood piece or apply paint to laminate furniture, brush on an oil-based stain-blocking primer and allow it to dry completely. One can of chalk paint is around $50 but it’s true when they tell you this small can will cover a few pieces of furniture. I like to wait 24 hours to allow the finish to dry and cure before I apply clear mixing glaze to seal the stain.