Refinishing a piece of furniture can be an extremely messy and unpleasant process. Sometimes, you just know that there is beauty waiting below the surface of that old flea market find, but the hassle of uncovering that beauty can seem daunting. But, it need not be. If you know which solvent to use for testing and stripping wood, then you can significantly reduce your labor time and effort. So, today I wanted to go over how to figure out which type of finish you have, and what process works the quickest at removing it.
One important element to getting a DIY furniture piece to looking fabulous is to use the right finish. You can spend countless hours creating a woodworking masterpiece, only to have the final outcome look shoddy, if you don’t know how to work a finish. Not long ago, I created a few pieces that I gave a nice driftwood color. This particular piece is from my DIY Beach Wall Art. The finish came out so nice that I was wishing that instead of wall art, I had built something with more pizazz. I included these instructions with the wall art, but decided to pull them out and show you how to create weathered gray finishes. After all, I think this deserves its own post.