Furniture finishers and refinishers (NOC 9534)

About this job

Furniture finishers and refinishers work in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops and perform a variety of tasks.

People in this occupation:

  • finish new wood or metal furniture to a certain colour and finish
  • refinish repaired, used or old furniture
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • finisher, polisher / decorator
  • finisher, refinisher, piano / organ
  • finisher, stain / varnish / paint
  • finisher, wood grainer-matcher
  • operator, furniture finishing - wash-off
  • painter-finisher - furniture finishing


Furniture finishers:

  • set up and operate finishing machines or finish furniture by hand
  • stain or finish wood to a certain colour with stains, paints or other materials using a brush or spray gun
  • apply toners, highlights, glazes or shaders to achieve the desired finish
  • apply lacquer or other sealers
  • decorate wood surfaces or mark surfaces to create antique effects using hand and power tools
  • clean and polish furniture
  • sand metal furniture to prepare for finish and spray with paint or other materials

Furniture refinishers:

  • remove old finish from wood surfaces using steel wool, sandpaper and solvents
  • smooth gouges with wood filler and sand wood
  • match colours to obtain original finish and apply finish to stripped wood
  • polish and wax refinished surfaces
  • sand or grind metal surfaces to prepare for coating, and paint metal surfaces using electrostatic method, spray gun or other painting equipment
  • make minor repairs to furniture
  • may perform duties of furniture finisher

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Furniture finishers and refinishers usually work in a conventional controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school
  • Work may involve chemicals that are harmful to skin or eyes, dangerous if inhaled or may cause a fire or explosion.
  • Work is done in the presence of strong odours.
  • Workers are exposed to non-poisonous airborne materials such as textile dust, flour, sand, sawdust and feathers in the work environment.
  • Work is done with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools that could cause an injury.


  • operating metal machining tools to shape metal
  • using hand and power tools to fabricate wood products.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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Additional resources

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