A good varnish, and a correct application of it, can work miracles when renovating an old piece of solid wood. The same procedure we can give to a new piece of furniture sold without finishing on large surfaces. Do not be afraid, this task is very easy and the result, as can be seen in the images that follow is simply spectacular.
This beautiful wooden table mid-twentieth century style is wonderful. And there is more to compare its current appearance with the one it had when it was acquired at a flea market.
Here we have it, painted in a horrible brown color, worn and full of marks and scratches. But in spite of everything salvable with a little work and dedication.
Materials that you will need:
- varnish for wood (of the tone we want)
- transparent polyurethane varnish (for the final finish)
- cotton cloth
- stick to remove the varnish
- latex or vinyl gloves
- old sheets or a large plastic (to protect the work area)
The first task, whether the furniture is new or old, is to sand it well to have a uniform base. The result will be better the smoother the surface. If it is a very old and damaged furniture, with deep marks and scratches, we must use wood primer before applying the varnish.
We assume that we have the furniture ready and ready for varnishing. The varnishes with color must be removed well so that the colorant is evenly distributed.
Apply a few strokes in the direction of the grain of the wood and let stand 5-15 minutes.
After this time we remove the excess varnish with the cotton cloth.
As we paint and remove the excess varnish, we will look at the tone of the wood.
Apply several hands to get the tone that we like. Keep in mind that in each hand will accumulate the dye or coloring that has dissolved and will take a darker tone. It is advisable to let dry well, during the night for example, before giving a new coat of varnish.
We have already achieved the tone we want and we now apply the polyurethane varnish to achieve a brilliant finish and provide protection to the wood. The polyurethane varnish should be removed carefully so that air bubbles do not form. We will apply the polyurethane varnish with care, with the brush quite dry, with the same purpose, that air bubbles do not form that can bother us all the work.
Let dry the first layer of polyurethane and then apply a second. At least, to get a really professional finish.
Between layer and layer of polyurethane sand lightly with fine grain sandpaper, 180 or more. We repeat the process until we get the finish that we like the most. For dining tables it is advisable to apply between 4 and 6 layers of polyurethane in order to achieve a good protection of the wood.