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How to Refinish Wood Furniture

This week I’m showing you how to refinish wood furniture when you don’t want to use paint. I love paint and color but I also know when a piece will look beautiful with a simple rejuvenation and this bench is one of those pieces. It has really ornate details and I had a feeling that underneath that old stain and finish was going to be a beautiful wood grain. So let’s go through the process from start to finish and I’ll show you how a simple gel stain can bring an old piece back to life.

Supply List for How to Refinish Wood Furniture

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  1. Wood Glue

  2. Steel Wool

  3. Thin Painters Tape (Stikk)

  4. Surf Prep Sanding Kit (Use coupon code BELLARENOVARE10 )

Step 1: Cleaning the Piece With White Lightening

Here’s a look at the bench before I even started cleaning it. It’s not in terrible shape but it’s dirty and there are a couple of areas where I need to glue some wood back into place. This isn’t an antique and it doesn’t have any value, but I still wanted to try to keep its original look while giving it a nice refresh.