Personalizing Your Wood Furniture

If you have a lot of old furniture that you would like to revamp and give a new style, you may want to consider trying to refinish it and personalize it on your own. Instead of investing in new furniture which can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars for intricately painted details, you can easily replicate this style on your furniture by using a few different tools and techniques. At your local art store and home improvement store, you may want to pick up furniture polish or finish, a few small brushes, and paint that is suitable for use on wood furniture. Sealant is also recommended, though it is not always necessary.

Depending on the condition of your furniture, you may need to sand it down and refinish it. Sanding is also an option if you want to remove a bad paint job that was previously existing on your furniture. When you have sanded everything down, you can refinish the furniture to help restore it back to the quality that it used to possess. After you have applied the finish, you should allow the furniture to cure and dry for a period of hours. This generally lasts for a few days in order to ensure that everything has been dried and finished correctly. When this element has finished, you can begin to focus on adding the paint details to your furniture.

For the best results with this aspect of personalization, you should try to use stencils. Stencils will ensure that the shapes come out as professionally looking as possible. You can also accomplish some interesting and unique designs by using special sponges and other items that are available at your local art store. Generally, paint details do not take as long to dry as the finish or polish. However, it is important to let the paint dry for a period of days, especially if you apply the sealant. If the paint has not dried by the time that you apply sealant, it may cause the paint to run or drag during the general applicant of the sealant itself. Once the sealant has been applied, another period of days is necessary before the furniture is finally finished. Some people prefer to leave their furniture out in the garage or outside during this period of time because it helps to remove some of the fumes that are associated with the products used during the personalization of your furniture.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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