Revive your vintage, antique, or dated furniture with this raw wood or natural furniture finish. This tutorial shows you how to bleach wood furniture to lighten the natural color and remove stains including black spots. Create a fresh, modern vibe in 3 easy steps!
1Wood BleachI love this product as it works fast and evenly.
1Safety Gear: Gloves, face mask, protective eyewear
1Plastic Drop Cloths
6Lint Free Rags
1Distilled White Vinegar
1Protective Top CoatOf your choice
1StainOf your choice
Put on your safety gear and prep the space. This stuff does have fumes.
Wet a lint free rag or sponge with solution A. Be generous to keep it wet until the next step. The color may intensify during this step and that’s ok. Wait 5 minutes for soft woods like pine or poplar or wait up to 10 minutes for hardwoods like cherry or oak.
Wipe on solution B with another clean sponge or lint free rag. Leave overnight to dry and it will lighten.
Lightly sand for evenness of color. If a second bleaching is desired, do it after you have left it overnight or several hours because it will lighten as it dries.
Use distilled vinegar to neutralize the bleach if you use more than 1 application. Allow to dry completely for 24 hours before adding any stain or finish.