Save money and easily update a piece of furniture with our tips for refurbishing wood, wicker, ceramic, plastic and more.
The right stain can make a hand-me-down peice of wood furniture look like new. Once you select a stain color, all you need
is a little elbow grease, some sandpaper and our step-by-step wood stain guide.
Take precautions: The existing finish might contain lead, a toxic element. When removing old paint, wear a mask and follow the safeguards at epa.gov.
To refinish painted glass:
Even inexpensive plastic furniture can get a second life with the right paint. Following the easy ALL YOU refinishing guide, use a premium all-purpose primer and paint, or ones formulated for plastic.
Take a shortcut: Try Krylon Fusion for Plastic (available at paint and hardware stores). This spray paint eliminates the need to sand and apply a primer—simply start with a clean, dry surface.
Paint sometimes doesn’t adhere well to smooth metal. Before scuffing the surface, use a wire brush with stiff bristles to
remove rust and dirt. Wipe with a damp rag and let dry.
If you plan to use paint formulated for metal: Skip priming. Metal paint adheres without primer and contains rust inhibitors. Otherwise, apply a thorough coat of metal primer and use a premium all-purpose paint.
Add interest: Select a hammered- or textured-finish paint.
Apply stencil designs or a whole new hue to ceramic tiles, trivets or the base of a lamp.
Make cracked and peeling wicker furniture look new in a snap.
First, clean using dish soap, a sponge and warm water.