There are a dozen different ways you can finish (or refinish) wood furniture. Knowing more about the different finishes available can help determine what will work best for your project.
Fine Woodworking has a great guide to the different finishes you can use. Finishes come in several different categories including oils, shellacks, varnishes, waxes and water-based finishes. Before choosing a finish you should consider:
- How much protection the piece needs
- How durable the finish should be
- How comfortable you are with the tools and method of application
- What aesthetic look you're trying to achieve
Check out the full article from Fine Woodworking below, which gives a comprehensive look at each finish's pros and cons.
Selecting a Finish [Fine Woodworking]