As I sit at the piano with my daughter helping her practice the music for her recital, I am reminded that there is no substitute for practice. Just like sleep you can’t bypass it. This is so true for learning to refinish pieces through paint. You can read, you can listen and you can talk about it. Fine. But, what you really need to do is roll up your sleeves and paint. Then when you are done. Paint something else.
I have learned more by doing then I could have in a class. There are different variables that come up when working with different pieces of wood, colors, textures & sizes. Nothing will prepare you for every combination. Not to mention the confidence that also comes along with doing something over and over until you master it.
I do realize that it can be intimidating to take a brush to a piece of perfectly good furniture. If you are really nervous then find something you can practice on. A perfect example is something small like a picture frame.
This will allow you to see the color and apply your wax. Once you feel good about the steps then start your big project. Remember that if you “mess” up then you just go back and do it again.