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How To Recycle Old Furniture

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Rejuvenating well built timber furniture is becoming popular. There's still good pieces that can be picked up at reasonable prices – you can even check-out all the furniture on eBay these days!

Environmentally friendly, new generation paint strippers on the market will remove multilayers of paint in one go. It isn't entirely an easy process to transform into a gleaming antique piece, but in the end you will have an heirloom.

Here’s how you do it.

1. Select your piece

The larger it is the more work is entailed. Remove all the fittings such as handles, etc. and make sure all areas around the piece can be easily accessed. Wear gloves and eye protection when using strippers and read instructions carefully.

2. Stripping old paint

Give the article a coarse sand before applying the stripper so it can penetrate more quickly through the layers of paint. Apply a thick coating. If it's not applied liberally, its activity is markedly hampered as it works on the principal of softening the layers. Some old fashioned stubborn paints will need overnight and even up to 24 hours to loosen.

3. Removing loosened paint

Now it’s time to start the process of scraping. For any stubborn patches, use a heavy duty stripping tool. Once you’re satisfied all the paint residue has been removed from nooks, crannies and wood grain, wash well with water giving a good scrub to remove any residue.

4. Sanding a smooth Finish

The next step, after allowing the wood to dry, is to sand to a smooth finish ending with the finest grade of sandpaper.

5. Coating the finished Piece

Finally, apply several coats of the finish of your choice.

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