Welcome to Furniture Refinishing Guide!

Furniture repair and refinishing is a rewarding process. Old furniture can be an excellent investment. Handmade pieces are typically better-made than their modern, MDF counterparts. If you find an all-wood dresser or desk that’s structurally sound but looks worse for the wear, snap it up!

Depending on the starting condition of your piece, you may have very little work to do; just some minor cleaning and repairs (known in the trade as “restoration”) will bring the item back to its former glory. On the other hand, most second-hand furniture has seen extensive abuse. Understanding how to do more advanced repairs, totally strip the piece, and refinish it can help you create a stunning armoire or dining room set for very little money- certainly less than buying new! These pages are designed to help you do just that.

Cost and quality may be the main reasons people choose to refinish furniture, but there are other benefits as well. Remember the old adage, “reduce, re-use, and recycle”? From an ecological standpoint, refurbishing old things will always win out over buying new.

There are surprising health benefits, too. Glues and finishes on modern furniture can off-gas for months or even years; if someone in your family is chemically sensitive, this can translate to headaches, sore throats, and respiratory problems. By choosing all wood furniture that has had a chance to age, you eliminate this problem. But wait! Won’t refinishing require a whole new crop of irritating chemicals? Not really. Choose pieces that are structurally sound, use water-based glues and fillers (not solvent based epoxies), and choose a natural finish, like tung oil.

Want to learn more about furniture refinishing? Browse our site! Whether you need help finding secondhand furniture, evaluating your “new” piece, or stripping the old piece and applying a new finish, we’ve got you covered!

Ready to get started? Our furniture refinishing tips will help make your experience more enjoyable!




  • Reuse


    I found a hutch top and coffee table on the curb and thought i could do something with this
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    Step by step guide on how to apply stain over wood filler.


    Wood filler is an excellent material which you can use to fill any cavity that may occur on a furniture surface due to natural wear and tear conditions or unintended abrasions. ...
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    10 Signs You Should Invest In Sofa Repairing


    Reupholstering a sofa as opposed to supplanting it can conceivably spare you cash, however, the cost isn’t generally the most critical component of the choice. Procuring a ...
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    Tips for Taking Proper Care of the Furniture


    The beauty and elegance of your house depend on the furniture you choose to fill it with. Without the furniture, a house is just an empty building. It becomes your home when you ...
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    Refinishing a coffee table.


    This particular piece of furniture was previously refinished. Unfortunately the preparation and finishing was not done correctly. There are many deep scratches on the top and ...
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    Cost to Refinish Furniture


    You’ve probably heard that the cost of refinishing furniture is excessive. Actually, the cost of refinishing furniture varies greatly depending on a number of factors. And while ...
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    Finding a Furniture Refinishing Service


    If you’ve acquired an antique in less than stellar condition, you may be considering the help of a furniture refinishing service. If you’re like me, you may see splendor in ...
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    Furniture Restoration Services


    Furniture Restoration Services — What is furniture restoration and what can a service do for you? Whether to use a professional furniture restoration service, or attempt the ...
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    Distressing Furniture


    The Process of Distressing Furniture Adds an Aged Look Distressing a piece of relatively new furniture is a great way to make it look older than it really is. Old furniture has ...
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    Creating Woodworm Holes in Furniture for an Authentic Antique Look


    Worm holes occur naturally in some old wood furniture, but creating woodworm holes is a way to antique newer wood furniture. Let’s learn more about naturally occurring furniture ...
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    Glazing Furniture


    Glazing Furniture – Common paint glazing techniques to try for a one of a kind look. Glazing furniture is used in antiquing furniture to change the surface of the piece. Glazing ...
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    Crackle Painting Furniture


    Crackling is a Way to add an Antique Look to Any Piece of Wood Furniture Crackling is a popular method of painting that can be used on both furniture and walls. When applied to ...
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    Faux Patina on Painted Furniture


    Creating an Aged Look with Faux Patina on Painted Furniture A distressed faux patina can be created on painted furniture that mimics the wear all furniture goes through over time. ...
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    Chamfering Furniture


    Chamfering – Get a wear-aged look with minimal effort. Chamfering furniture is an incredible way to create the look of wear-aged furniture. It’s a subtle distressing technique ...
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    Stenciling Furniture for a Unique Look


    Stenciling is one the most inexpensive ways to transform a piece of furniture. Supplies are minimal, and investment of your time is negligible. Because there are thousands of ...
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