Education for a Better Life

There are very few people who graduate from school, obtain their first job and apartment and sail merrily through life with no bumps in the...


Turning a Hobby into a Business

While there are many people who love the hours they spend on their hobbies, few of them are interested in turning it into a business....


Fixing Weak Pieces

Many tables and chairs are sold cheaply because they wobble, and few people realize this can be an easy fix. Turning them over and looking...


A Rainy Day Activity for Children

When school is not in session, parents often find that keeping their children occupied stretches them to the limit. Playing outside has always been a...


Making Old Furniture Look New Again

Few people want a dresser, table or armoire that looks like it has survived a war, so surface refinishing has become very popular. Sanding off...


Creating New Finishes

Many older furniture pieces are made of wood, but they are ready to be discarded by the original owners as their finishes fade. The price...

When young people get their first apartment, many of them do not have enough furniture. Their budgets are often not enough for them to purchase new pieces, so they often scrounge used furniture to fill up their space. Some of them will simply use it until they can buy what they really want, but others will let their creative side out and refinish what they have. This is often where hobbyists start, and for some it will become a lifelong passion.

There are many different ways to refinish furniture pieces, and retail craft stores have stocked their shelves to help hobbyists explore them. Some items are simply decorative, and others are books and videos on how to take pieces apart and put them back together correctly. It all depends on the skills and goals of those who refinish their used furniture pieces, and many find fulfillment at different levels with a variety of techniques.