Read this before you start
Restoring wood furniture
takes time and patience, but the results of your labor can be enjoyed
for years, even generations. The restoration process usually involves
stripping off old finishes, bleaching, staining and then varnishing. Two-Part
Hydrogen Peroxide is a strong bleach that will lighten wood and remove
previously applied finish stain, providing you with a fresh new surface
Once you have stripped
the old varnish and paint from a piece of furniture (see tutorial on chemically
stripping wood), you will most likely encounter stains in the wood surface
that should be removed before applying a new finish. Bleaching is a good
technique for getting out these stains. However, different types of stains
require different bleaching techniques. Choose the tutorial that best
addresses your needs.
stains, stains caused by chemical refinishers
furniture with mild bleach
lighten wood and remove old stain
furniture with two-part hydrogen peroxide (this tutorial)
rings and black spots, usually caused by water
furniture with oxalic acid
Skill Level & Time
• Beginner - 2 hours
• Intermediate - 1-1/2 hours
• Advanced - about 1 hour
Plan quick access to water for rinsing spills or splatters. Wear safety goggles and if your skin or eyes are exposed to bleach, immediately rinse thoroughly. If bleach does come into contact with your eyes, seek prompt medical attention.
Use a well-ventilated work area. Don’t breathe dust from sanded wood and don’t breathe fumes from the bleaching mixture.
Dispose of any unused mixture, used rags, paint brushes and sponges safely.
Store unused bleach properly.
Wear old clothes as peroxide does bleach.