Repairing Wood Finishes

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A bed frame with peeling paint.
Stripping Furniture

With a supply list and a plan, you are well on your way to success in your furniture stripping process.

A white living room with furniture made from pallets.
How to Clean and Sanitize Old Wood

Reclaimed wood is trendy in home design. Here's how to make it safe to use in your next project.

Sanding the top of a small wood antique table.
Wood Finish Repair: How to Remove Shellac

Removing shellac is one the easiest wood finish repair jobs.

Stained wood.
Stained and Blemished Wood Repair

Here's how to take care of those pesky wood stains.

hand with power sander refinishing wood tabletop
How to Refinish a Wood Tabletop

Upgrade your table's surface in five steps.

A scratched old wooden table surface.
How to Repair Scratches in Polyurethane Wood Finish

Don't let a small scratch compromise the wood beneath.

half burned wood board surface
How to Repair Burn Marks on a Wood Coffee Table

A wood coffee table is something that can easily accumulate burn marks onto it.

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How to Refinish a Wooden Porch Bench

Having a porch bench is not just a way of adding a decorative element to your porch, but also a practical addition, especially if you enjoy spending some time outdoors. However, since the porch bench is used outdoors, it will inevitably be exposed, to some extent, to weather conditions, including sun,

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How to Stain and Seal Wooden Porch Benches

Staining and sealing porch benches is the same process as staining and sealing any other piece of wood that would be used outdoors. You may already have the products you need around the house from other projects. You Will Need Stain Sealer Brushes Sandpaper Mineral spirits Rags Step 1: Prepare the

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How to Repair a Splitting Butcher Block Island Top

Having a butcher block island in your kitchen is a great way to use your space effectively. An island can provide you with additional room to prepare your food and an additional tabletop area for other uses as well. A butcher block island can either be ordered or you can build one yourself. You should

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How to Remove Scratches and Dents from Wooden Countertops

Wooden countertops are stylish and can be very useful in your kitchen. They are a good alternative to quartz, stone or plastic, especially if you want a warmer atmosphere. Wood is very resistant and it absorbs shocks better than other materials. With time, you may scratch the surface of the counter.

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How to Add Color to Varnish

For a varnish color you may not find ready-made in your paint store, you can add color to your varnish for the tint that will be just right for your tastes. With the right technique and tinting material, you can create a customized color that allows the natural wood grain to be seen through the varnish.

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3 Best Types of Finishes for a Wood Coffee Table

If you are considering finishing or refinishing a wood coffee table, you will have several finishes to choose from. There are a few that are better than others, and your choice should depend upon your lifestyle. Type 1: Stain and Varnish Stain with oil-based varnish is by far the best choice for a wood

plastic wicker porch swing with colorful pillows
Is a Wicker or Cedar Porch Swing More Durable?

Cedar has a high strength-to-weight ratio rating.

A cedar chest filled to the brim with old family heirlooms.
How to Refinish a Cedar Chest

Keep your storage chest protected with a new finish.

clean light wood cedar chest with carved designs
How to Clean Cedar Chests

These attractive pieces often store cherished items.

A distressed hardwood floor.
How to Paint Distressed Wood Flooring

The floor's age will affect its look.

A wood frame.
How to Make a Distressed Wood Frame

Making a distressed wood frame is fairly simple.

Wood flooring reflecting light
How to Repair Scratches in Wood Glaze Finish

The repair isn't complicated, but it does take some time.

Round coffee table
How to Refinish a Carved Coffee Table

Take care to preserve the original design.

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How to Repair Scratches in Wood Oil Finish

Remove scratches for a back to new look.

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How to Create a Distressed Wood Finish

Distressed wood adds character and interest.

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Time to Strip?

Got a piece of furniture you're thinking about re-finishing? Should you strip it, or sand it, or leave

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How to Remove an Oil-Based Polyurethane Wood Finish

To remove an oil-based polyurethane wood finish, you have to make certain to purchase oil-based polyurethane

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How to Refinish Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block countertops can be practical and lovely in a kitchen, so when they start to look worn, give them a facelift.

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How to Distress Wood

The goal with distressing wood is to make it look old again, which is accomplished by beating it up or sanding it down.

A wood deck is stained.
How To Use Oil-based Stain on Wood

Oil-based stain is used to color wood.

A trio of paint brushes over cans of varnish.
Tips for Selecting an Interior Wood Finish

There is something warm about a good interior wood finish.

A hand sits on a finished wooden banister.
How to Restain a Wood Banister

Get your banister looking as good as new without spending a fortune.

A glossy, lacquered wood surface.
How to Repair Scratches in Lacquer Wood Finish

Even the most durable finishes can get damaged, so learn how you can repair scratches to keep your furniture looking great.

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How to Seal Your Wood Projects

Always seal your wood projects to keep them looking new and protect them from the elements.

Two wooden adirondack chairs sit on a backyard deck.
Applying Spar Varnish on Outdoor Furniture

Extend the life of your wooden deck or patio furniture with a clear, protective sealer.

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How To Cut Wood Veneer

Wood veneer is a very thin piece of actual wood that is used to cover other wood to provide a more elegant

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Refinishing Wooden Toy Boxes

Wooden toy boxes make excellent additions to a kid’s room or a playroom. They are durable and offer

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Tips for Restoring an Old Wood Banister

Restoring an aged wood banister back to its former glory can be a complicated task because of the richness

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How to Remove Wood Glaze

In most of the furniture and in other wooden product, wood glaze is a very common thing and the wood

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How to Remove a Water-Based Polyurethane Wood Finish

A hardwood floor that has been finished with a water-based polyurethane adds depth and warmth to your

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How to Repair Scratches in a Wood Varnish Finish

If you have scratched the wood varnish in your home you will want to make sure that you fix it quickly

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How to Repair Interior Wood Table Finish

A wood table finish will over time be something that you may need to do some repairs on. You will find

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How to Refinish a Teak Coffee Table

As a teak coffee table ages, it may lose some of the original luster that made it such an attractive

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How to Stain and Seal a Cedar Porch Swing

If you have a cedar porch swing DIY project, chances are you are wondering whether you should paint or

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How to Care for Cedar Patio Furniture

The most sought after woods for patio furniture are Western Red and Northern White Cedar. These are fine-grained