How to Refinish Pine Furniture That Has Been Stained


Instead of throwing away a treasured piece of pine furniture that has been stained, you could refinish it. While refinishing furniture takes some time, the results are rewarding, plus you save money, as you do not have to buy a replacement piece. You can also refinish a piece of pine furniture that might not be easily replaceable or that has sentimental value.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Strypeeze stain and paint remover
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Ultra-fine grit sandpaper
  • Cotton rags
  • Paint brushes (various sizes)
  • Stain or paint
  • Polyurethane
  • 2000-grit sandpaper
  • Spread the newspaper over the work area. Make sure the work area is in a well-ventilated room if it is not outside. Set the piece of pine furniture on the newspaper.

  • Paint the Strypeeze over a small section of the furniture (no larger than 12 to 16 inches square). Allow the Strypeeze to work into the stain for 5 to 10 minutes. Wipe the Strypeeze and the old stain off the coated area with the cotton rags. Repeat the treatment for small sections until the entire piece of furniture is stripped.

  • Sand any rough spots on the furniture with the fine grit sandpaper. Sand the entire piece of furniture with the ultra-fine grit sandpaper.

  • Apply the first coat of stain or paint, using the paintbrushes. Use smaller brushes to fit into small crevices, so that the stain or paint goes on evenly. Allow the first coat to dry. If you are using stain, lightly sand the entire piece of furniture with the ultra-fine grit sandpaper.

  • Wipe the entire piece of furniture down with a damp, cotton rag to remove any sawdust or other dust. Apply the second coat of stain. Repeat between each coat of stain, and after the last coat of stain.

  • Apply the polyurethane evenly to the piece, using the paintbrushes. Allow the first coat to dry. Lightly sand the entire piece with ultra-fine sandpaper, once the polyurethane dries. Repeat for a minimum of three coats. Sand the last coat with 2,000-grit sandpaper, then buff the entire piece.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the furniture has several coats of stain, you might have to go over the entire piece of furniture a second or even a third time.
  • If you are going for a distressed look, use only one coat of paint.
  • The more stain you apply, the darker that the finished product will be.
  • The more polyurethane you apply, the deeper that the color becomes.
  • Pine is a soft wood, which dents and scratches easily. The more coats of polyurethane you put on after staining, the less likely you will dent the furniture.

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