While helping my friend this weekend, we talked about transforming some very dated looking furniture that was still in good shape just not very aesthetically pleasing. I suggested doing a lacquer finish and remembered seeing a simple How-To Guide in Domino. Here is what they had to say:
What is lacquer? - A super glossy furniture finish that can be clear or glossy. The practice started in ancient China and caught on in Europe during the 1600's.
Why Lacquer? - Its of-the-moment look will elevate a wood piece for plain to luscious and add glamour to any room.
What's involved? - Lacquering requires chemicals, sanding and multiple coats, a process which is best left to the pros.
Is there any kind of wood furniture you shouldn't lacquer? - Shiny finishes magnify imperfections, so poorly made or dented furniture might need extra prep work, such as sanding or painting.
Can I get the lacquer effect another way? - Some professional painters can spray a piece with a super high-gloss paint. For DIY, apply a brush-on lacquer like Minwax, but remember to wear a mask and ensure proper ventilation.
How do I find a professional? - Look in the yellow pages under furniture repair, restoration or refinishing, though word-of-mouth references are always best.
How much should it cost? - Expect to pay between $200 and $600 for a nightstand and $700 to $2,500 for a dining table. (Note: this process can take up to a month).