Some techniques for refinishing furniture include stripping, sanding, filling cracks, bleaching, staining and applying different types of finish such as wax and sealant, gel stain, varnish, shellac, resin, lacquer and paint. Alternatively, wallpaper, decoupage or cut outs and stencil patterns applied to furniture update a piece.
Stripping, sanding and bleaching are basic techniques used to prepare a piece of furniture for refinishing. In many cases, repairing damage and filling in cracks and dents is also required. These preparatory steps can be tedious, but the techniques are learned easily even by novices. Happily, going through all the steps is not always necessary. Sometimes a thorough cleaning is enough to prepare a piece for application of a wipe-on finish, which results in significant improvement in the way an old piece of furniture looks.