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    13 Things you Need to Refurbish Old Furniture

    Refurbishing old furniture is a very great way to find some stylish pieces for your home without spending too much money. It’s also a good way to save the environment and give used furniture a new life and purpose in your home. Whether you’re refurbishing an entire room, just looking for a simple paint job, or doing extensive renovations, there are a few ways to refurbish old furniture.

    The first thing you’ll need is the basic home tools and equipment:

    1. Measuring tape/ruler

    To measure your furniture before renovating it, make sure it’ll fit in your home and make sure the dimensions will work for what you want to do with it.

    Tool: measuring tape/ruler

    2. Electric sander and sandpaper

    An electric sander can really help to remove paint and create a smooth finish, otherwise, you’ll need a lot of elbow grease and time! The more time and effort you put into your furniture, the better the result will be after painting or staining.

    Tool: electric sander and sandpaper

    3. Paintbrush

    To apply the paint/stain you choose to your furniture, a good brush will help avoid applying it too thickly or unevenly. If possible, use a variety of different sizes for different areas of the furniture surface.

    Tool: paintbrush

    4. Paint roller

    A paint-roller is a great addition to a paintbrush. If you’re doing a large area, a paint roller will save you from the backache from painting for hours on end!

    Tool: paint rollers

    5. Old clothes

    To protect your skin and clothing when sanding or staining furniture, an old outfit is essential! You’ll be very glad to have clothes that won’t mind getting dirty when you’re done.

    Tool: old clothes

    6. Bucket

    To hold your paint, water, and other materials to dilute them as necessary.

    Tool: bucket

    7. Putty knife

    For scraping off old paint or filling in cracks and gaps.

    Tool: putty knife

    8. Protective gloves

    You don’t want to ruin your skin or have splinters from old furniture, so protective gloves are essential! If you prefer not to wear them, try a moisturizer that protects against splinters and dries clear.

    Tool: protective gloves

    9. Sponge

    to wipe away excess paint and for a final polish before you move onto another step in refurbishing your furniture. They also come in different sizes and shapes, so choose one that best fits what you’re working on.

    Tool: sponge

    10. Rags

    For the same reason as the sponge and sponges, to wipe away excess paint or for a final polish. They also come in different sizes and shapes, so choose one that best fits what you’re working on.

    Tool: rags

    11. Plastic sheeting

    To protect the area surrounding your furniture from splatters and spills.

    Tool: plastic sheeting

    12. Lots of paper towels/old newspapers

    For cleaning away excess paint and for protecting surrounding areas if you’re painting or staining inside your home. The newspaper also works as a great filler for cracks that need to be filled.

    Tool: paper towels/old newspapers/other old rags

    13. Protective mask

    When sanding or staining, you never know what kind of chemicals and fumes will be in the wood and paint! Protect your lungs and eyes with a simple paper mask. If allergies are a concern for you, it’s best to avoid sanding altogether and go for a chemical-free alternative.

    Tool: protective mask