Furniture restoration is not for the faint of heart. This is not refinishing, where you slap on a coat of paint and call it a day. Take our quiz and find out if you have what it takes to restore grandma's dresser to its former glory.
You just found a beat-up old dresser in your grandmother's basement. What's an easy first step in determining if it's an antique -- or just in bad shape?
check if it's held together by screws or nails
feel around underneath for sharp edges
How old does a piece of furniture have to be to qualify as an antique?
What should you do if you find out that the dresser is an antique?
sell it (and give the proceeds to grandma, of course)
start restoring it immediately
If you decide to restore the dresser yourself, what's the first step in the process?
taking it apart
If the dresser is, in fact, a valuable antique, what's one thing you probably shouldn't do to it?
After you clean the dresser and strip off any unwanted finish, you'll want to sand it. What type of sandpaper should you start with?
it doesn't matter
What's a main difference between organic and inorganic sandpaper?
Organic sandpaper wears down more quickly.
Inorganic sandpaper wears down more quickly.
Inorganic sandpaper can scratch very delicate woods.
What's tack cloth?
a sheet you put under the furniture while you're working
a cloth you wipe the piece with before applying finish
a cloth for removing old paint and varnish
What is water putty?
a type of wood filler that can be washed away with water
a type of putty that's very flexible, even when dry
a powder that turns to putty when mixed with water
Why are mineral spirits a good thing to keep handy for furniture restoration?