Brush on a heavy coat of chemical stripper onto the surface of the cedar furniture. Let the stripper sit for the time recommended by the manufacturer.
Use a putty knife to remove the old finish from the cedar furniture. Use the medium-grade steel wool to remove hard to reach spots of the old finish.
Sand the entire piece of cedar furniture with the 220-grit sandpaper until the surface is smooth.
Use a brush to apply a thick coat of sanding sealer to the cedar furniture. Allow the sealer to dry and wipe off any excess sealer with a rag.
Brush on the initial coat of stain. Apply evenly to the entire surface of the cedar furniture. Let the first coat dry and add further coats until the cedar achieves the depth of color desired.
Apply a coat of polyurethane to the entire surface of the cedar with a brush using long, even strokes. This will protect the wood from moisture.
Things You Will Need
- Chemical stripper
- Putty knife
- Steel wool
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Sanding sealer
- Oil-based stains are best for cedar as cedar is a porous wood