How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture – This Old House


Wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shares tips for refinishing new and old furniture. See below for a shopping list and tools.

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Shopping List for How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture:
– 150-grit sandpaper, to remove nicks, scratches, and to open up the wood grain
– tack cloth, used to wipe off sanding dust
– wood conditioner, used to prep bare wood prior to staining
– oil-based wood stain, used to color bare wood surfaces
– clean cotton cloths, used to wipe on finishes
– commercial wood cleaner, used to clean old, dirty finishes
– antique wood refinisher, for stripping off old finishes

Tools for How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture:
– paintbrushes, for applying polyurethane
– rubber gloves, used to keep hands clean

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