How to Refinish Bob Timberlake Furniture


Bob Timberlake is a South Caroline-based painter. Inspired by his artwork, his line of furniture is intended to reflect a casual, elegant, comfortable style. Most Bob Timberlake furniture is made from cherry and other hardwoods. This furniture can be refinished with great results. Make sure you're dealing with a piece of real wood furniture before you begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper, medium and fine grit
  • Palm sander
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Urethane topcoat
  • Clean the furniture using an ammonia-based cleaner. Remove all of the old grease and grime from the surface. Leaving grease on the surface of the furniture will prevent the paint or stain from properly adhering to the wood.

  • Sand the furniture with medium grit sandpaper. The furniture needs to be sanded down to the bare wood. Completely remove the old finish by working the paper over the wood. Use a palm sander to make the job quicker and the finish more even.

  • Switch to fine grit sandpaper. Sand the furniture an additional time to smooth the wood and create a base for stain. Wipe away sanding dust with a damp rag.

  • Stir the stain well, mixing it thoroughly. Dip a clean rag into the stain. Wipe a small amount of stain on the wood. Wipe off the excess with a clean rag. Start with a light coat of stain, and build the color by adding layers. Continue wiping the stain on the wood and removing the excess until you achieve a color that you like.

  • Apply a coat of urethane topcoat with a good quality paintbrush. For a more rustic look, choose a clear topcoat with a matte finish. Higher gloss finishes can be used for a more traditional look. Some bubbles may appear in the surface of the urethane when first applied. These will disappear after a few minutes. Let the topcoat dry completely before handling the furniture.

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