Refinishing oak furniture

kjreifMarch 28, 2014

I fell in love with a very large (11 feet long) piece at a second hand store and bought it, knowing I would be refinishing it. I'd like to do a darker stain on it and I'm looking for some advice on what to use. I was thinking a gel stain, but is there a better way? I also need to sand it first as it has several dings and scratches that i'd like to smooth out.

Thanks for any advice!

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I LOVE gel stains. So easy to use, and the best part is they don't require a heavy sanding. I would recommend general finishes gel stains. They are the best.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 6:57AM
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Just wondering if you redid this piece and if so how did it come out? We are getting ready to do the same thing.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2015 at 10:41AM
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any stain will require a top coat, so keep that in mind. you need to scrub the dirt and oil off. then do you're sanding. also remember , if you sand through the existing finish into raw wood, that spot will be different. sometimes it's better to leave it alone and call it distressing . for a quick and dirty job to darken it, do the above and put a colored poly on it and call it art.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 3:10PM
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