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Refinish Wood Furniture-Alden Design Studio

How to refinish wood furniture

This month, Julia got us a commissioned job; a friend of ours was moving and wanted us to refinish wood furniture used in her daughter’s bedroom. All the pieces had been painted a few years earlier in a solid, dark gray. The client wanted them all to be a nice, clean, flat white to start off in her new home.
Refinish Wood Furniture-Bed Before-Alden Design Studio
Headboard and drawers.

Refinish Wood Furniture Before-Alden Design Studio

Enter our new Earlex HV5500 sprayer.

We had purchased it a few months ago but hadn’t had a reason to use it, yet. This sprayer is a high volume, low-pressure sprayer – perfect for painting a lot of large surfaces like headboards, footboards, dressers, and a vanity.

Refinish Wood Furniture Spraying by Alden Design Studio
On to the repairs.

The bed rails needed to be repaired where the veneer had peeled. There also were spots that needed a little wood filler and sanding done on the vanity. (One vanity door needed a new edge piece attached to replace a splintered existing one.) A cedar bottom drawer in the dresser needed a larger finger hole drilled out because the old pull tab had long ago disappeared, and a larger one was requested.

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Restoring the hardware.
All the drawer hardware had been previously painted with the same dark gray paint.

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Julia boiled all of the hardware and then shocked it in an ice bath to break the paint bond. She then wire-brushed clean and polished it all.

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Once the hardware had several coats of paint (and a few spots covered in Kilz), it was ready to be reattached to the newly painted bedroom furniture. The refinished wood furniture now looked clean and classy.  Another happy customer!


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Refinish Wood Furniture-Bed After-Alden Design Studio

Refinish Wood Furniture-Bed After2-Alden Design Studio

Until next time,


Tools we use every day on our projects can be found on our resources page here.

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