Quite often furniture that we have at our house starts to fade, or maybe some part has uneven color than the rest of the area. Do you know that we can make them as good as new with following DIY on how to repair furniture color? It is advisable that before start this DIY on your beloved furniture pieces, a preliminary task need to be done to avoid any unexpected result.
You can start looking for a small piece of wooden board or cheap plywood to practice this DIY. Once you are sure that you have already master the basics and ready to start on the real project, then you can apply on your furniture pieces which you want to repair. You may need to practice a lot and require your patience. Eventually you will find it enjoyable and satisfactory. You could also save more money when you can do this all by yourself.
Here are materials and tools you need:
Sand paper, shellac, furniture color, methanol, brush, bucket, soft cloth (not necessary)
As you can find in the package, there are a bottle with shellac flakes in it, and then a small plastic bag of powder color. What you must prepare is to get thinner or methanol (methyl alcohol) for thinning shellac. You can obtain them at paint stores in your area
Below are the steps:
- Find area with a good air circulation before doing this task. Then prepare 2 clean buckets, one for mixing shellac with methanol. FYI, the shellac we prepared for you is enough to be mixed with 1 liter of thinner / methanol, and another for mixing the color.
- Pour thinner/methanol into the first bucket and add the shellac flakes. You can stir the mixture and let it dissolved for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pour mixture from the first bucket into the second bucket, add powder color into the mixture little by little and stir it, apply to some free area to check the color to get the right tone you want. Now you have 2 buckets of mixture, one with natural color and second is shellac with brown color.
- Select an appropriate brush for your project. Shellac can either be applied with a natural-bristled brush (china bristle is ideal) or a synthetic-bristled brush. Do not use a foam brush to apply shellac, as the shellac tends to dry into the brush too quickly and hardens it.
[Alternatively, you can also cover the tip of the brush with soft cotton cloth allowing you to brush even more smoothly which result better coatings.]
- Load the brush with shellac. Dip the brush into the bucket of natural shellac and press it gently against the side of the bucket to remove the excess. Apply the shellac to the wood area which you want to repair / color. Shellac should be applied in long, smooth strokes, following the grain of the wood to ensure an even application. Shellac dries very quickly, so it is important to work quickly and efficiently.
[If you miss a spot when applying the shellac, avoid going back to touch it up. Because shellac dries very quickly, the partially dried shellac that is already applied will not blend smoothly into the fresh application. The missed spot will become less noticeable as more coats are applied.]
- Allow the shellac to dry before sanding the finish for the next coat (if you think you need another coat). Let the first coat dry completely, which takes +/- 30 minutes in a well-ventilated area. Once it is dry, sand the entire finish lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper to prepare it for the next coat of shellac.
- Apply the second coat of shellac. Apply the next coat just as you did the first, being careful to work along the grain. When the second coat is dry, you can sand the finish again and apply another coat, or simply leave the wood with 2 coats.
- To apply the color, dip the brush into the color mixture, press gently against the side of the bucket to remove excess and then apply on the wooden surface which previously you have coated with natural shellac. Apply this brush until you get the right color and let it dry for another 30 minutes.
- To make the color more even, apply a couple of coats of natural shellac onto the surface of the wooden area. Repeat this step until you find it is done. Remember that you need to sand a little bit before applying another coat. Once it is dry, sand the entire finish lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper to prepare it for the next coat of shellac. After you get the color of the finish is even, it just needs 2 – 3 natural coat for the final coating.
- If necessary, clean your brush with a mixture of ammonia and water. Mix equal parts ammonia and water, and then soak the brush bristles in the mixture. Rinse the brush and allow it to dry before storing.
- Done and enjoy.
This DIY works mostly on repairing colonial furniture, not recommended on melamine or NC coated one.