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Ultimate Furniture Restoration Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • ask her
  • 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?

  • 100 years
  • 150 years
  • 200 years

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
  • insure it

If you decide to restore the dresser yourself, what's the first step in the process?

  • cleaning it
  • sanding it
  • taking it apart

If the dresser is, in fact, a valuable antique, what's one thing you probably shouldn't do to it?

  • stain it
  • paint it
  • sand 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?

  • fine grit
  • heavy grit
  • 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?

  • for cleaning wood
  • for removing coats of varnish
  • for polishing the finished piece