By Kathryn Sukalich on May 14, 2013

9 Ways to Refinish Wooden Furniture

Before you throw away your old wooden furniture, consider how you might give it a makeover. We've rounded up a handful of techniques you can use to refinish old furniture along with easy-to-understand tutorials. Click through to see what you can do to turn an eyesore into an attention-grabber.

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Photo: Monica Ewing/Craft Nest


When you think about refinishing wood furniture, you might assume paint or stain are the only tools at your disposal. This doesn't have to be the case. Crafty Nest blogger Monica Ewing specializes in upcycling shabby, unwanted items, and her tutorial for how to make a wallpapered cart showcases her skills.

To do this at home, simply leave the portions of the wood you plan to cover with wallpaper unpainted and instead paint them with glue. Then you'll apply the wallpaper and cover with a second layer of glue to protect the paper. Visit Crafty Nest for a complete list of instructions.

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      • citygirl101

        Lovely ideas for reviving old and new furniture, honoured to be included!

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        Well, you can really underestimate the charm and chic of old furniture revived…

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      • Jason Joneh

        Refinish the old wooden furniture is indeed a very good idea. Wooden made furniture is best among all furniture materials. While you refinishing your wooden furniture, you probably thinking about paint and stains. Thanks Kathryn for posting this amazing guide here.

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        Can wallpaper be applied on sunmica cabinets?