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How To Restore Wooden Furniture – D.I.Y. At Bunnings

How To Restore Wooden Furniture – D.I.Y. At Bunnings

I’m going to show you how to restore wooden
furniture. These are the tools and equipment to do the
job. I’ve got my sander and a variety of sanding
pads to get a nice fine finish, my turps to clean it all up when I finish sanding it,
I’ve got my paint, some brushes, drop sheets to protect the surfaces, and of course my
safety gear. I love old furniture. I’m gonna restore grandma’s old table. There’s a lotta memories on this table from
when I was a child, but it’s definitely had better days. The first step is to give it a good clean
with a damp cloth. The reason we give it a good clean is to make
sure we’ve got all the dirt and grit, so it doesn’t affect the sanding and scratch the
surface later on. Now we’re ready to sand. I’m going to start first with a coarse-grade
sandpaper to remove all the old varnish, the coffee, the wine stains for many years of
use. Don’t forget your safety equipment and always
use a drop sheet to protect the floors and surfaces. For this project, I’m only going to restore
the top. I’m going to leave the legs and underneath
exactly as they are. Give it a good dust off in-between sanding
to see how you’re going. As you can see, it’s starting to look good
now, but it’s still a little patchy so I wanna do some more sanding, still. It’s important to check the sandpaper regularly
as the grit will wear down with use. What I’m aiming for is to go back to the raw
timber, like this [Inaudible 00:01:34] here. So we’ll keep going with the coarse sandpaper
until we get to there. Okay, I’m really happy with how that’s starting
to look now. But I’m gonna use a nice high grde sandpaper
to give a nice smooth finish before painting. This is a 240 grit, which will give a really
nice fine, smooth finish. The higher the grit, the smoother the finish. So I’m really happy with the way it looks
now. I’m going to dry brush it off and then using
a little bit of mineral turps, I’ll wipe up to get any fine residue that might still be
left. Once the mineral turpentine has dried, we’re
ready to stain or varnish it. I’ve chosen to give this one a clear varnish. Give the varnish a good stir first. This varnish [Inaudible 00:02:35] are milky,
but dries clear and will really bring out the grain in the timber. I’m lucky there’s good ventilation in this
room, but if you’re in a closed in area, wear a mask. Always read the instructions on the back of
your tin for drying time. Once this coat of varnish has dried, I’m going
to give it a light hand sand. This ensures I’ll have a nice, smooth, glossy
finish at the end. And then I’m gonna give it’s final coat of
varnish. Make sure you always give the can a very good
stir in-between coats at each time you use it, especially for the final coat. I’m gonna follow the grain of the timber with
nice long streaks to make sure it’s brushed up to a nice finish at the end. I’m really happy with how grandma’s table
turned out. Doesn’t it look great? And that’s how you restore wooden furniture.

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