Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tutorial for Refinishing Wood

Hello Readers,
Some of you have asked how do I refinished the wood on my furniture, first of all I'm not a professional but I'm sharing with you the success I've had with this process. I hope that the information I'm providing will give you the same success. Here are just a few before and after pictures of some of my projects.


now let's get started shall we
with my palm sander I removed the old stain using 100 grit sandpaper, after the finished was completely removed I wiped  the tables with a damp, clean, lint free cloth.
after the tables have been wiped down this is how they looked
 if you're using an oil based polyurethane sealer use this

 if you're using a water based sealer Polycrylic use this one

after the pre-stain conditioner was brushed on
apply stain of your choice
don't forget your gloves
let stain dry and apply again to get the color you want
using a clean, dry, lint free cloth wipe off any residue VERY IMPORTANT or you will have a debacle on your hands REALLY!!
I used Polycrylic after stirring (make sure you have no bubbles) I poured some into a smaller container and then applied to tables
brush on evenly thin coats of Polycrylic (just pretend you're polishing your nails it's the same method)
in between coats it's important to sand very lightly between each coat of sealer
I used 3M between coats sandpaper

Here are the tables after four coats of Polycrylic! This process was done over 2 days, I personally like to use Polycrylic verses the other methods I'm old school. To be fair I have also used Wipe-On Poly and waxes on my projects.
Lovely! This method has never disappointed just be patient :)


shabby creek cottage


  1. These are all such great tips, Vicky! I need to invest in a palm sander.

  2. I love white with stained tops! You did a great job with all of the projects. Have a great day and weekend ahead Vicky!

  3. fantastic tutorial - thank you so much!!! I think I've skipped the "wipe off the extra residue step" and you're right - big OOPS!!!!! You're pieces turned out GREAT.


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