Years ago we used to “Strip First, Ask Questions Later.” Fortunately, today we take the wiser approach of “Less is More.” Instead of stripping an old finish, we try to make each project look better and last longer — like this chair I rescued. Along the way we’ll be saving ourselves time and money. Like the sound of that? Then just keep on reading!
With older furniture, joints can loosen, and when one joint comes loose, another has to handle twice the load — and may not be able to withstand the stress. To repair a loose joint, pull the joint as far apart as you can, then apply a quality woodworker’s glue to all exposed surfaces, inside and out.
Quick Tip: Keep a box of cotton swabs in your work area and you’ll find dozens of uses for them!
Instead of an expensive bar clamp, you can utilize a bungee cord, a twisted rope, or even a stack of books or weights to hold the joint in place while it dries. Quick Tip: Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth before it dries, not after.
Instead of stripping or sanding off the old finish, now we can clean it in a fraction of the time using Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner. Just squirt and wipe!
Every piece of furniture, old and new, has a few nicks to disguise.
Instead of a can of stain, I reach for one of the Minwax® Stain Markers: actual stain in a felt-tipped dispenser!
Leigh Ann handled this one for me, and you can see it start to disappear immediately.
Next you can strengthen the old finish with a coat of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly. As its name implies, no brush is needed. Rub on, let the wood absorb as much as it can, then wipe off any excess poly and let it dry.
Fast, easy, and fun! What better way can you think of to save a worn piece of furniture without having to resort to messy stripping and sanding?
Until next time,
Thanks for stopping by!
Every project goes better with an assistant, right? And I generally have two, as Jasper and Daisy never seem to be very far away when I’m working on one of my projects! Like my chair, they are two of our “rescue” projects. Definitely works in progress! – Bruce