Refinishing Dining Room Table

Refinishing Dining Room Table

A refinished surface does wonders for an old wooden dining room table. Refinishing an old dining room table can restore it to the life and beauty it had when it left the showroom floor. The surface of a wooden dining room table is covered with a protective, high-gloss finish that enhances the beauty of the wood. The finish must be removed from the surface so the wood is not damaged. google_ad_channel = ‘6887971154’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘1’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘180×150’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored link’; 1Sand the surface of the table, edges and legs to remove the finish and the stain from the wood. Sand with the grain of the wood. Begin with the 100-grit sandpaper. Sand the entire table. Repeat the process with 150- and 220-grit sandpaper. Avoid sanding in a circular or across grain motion. 2Wipe the table down with a tack cloth to remove the sanding dust. 3Brush stain onto the sanded surface. Follow the grain of the wood. Allow the stain to sit on the wood from three to 10 minutes; the stain becomes darker the longer it sits on the surface of the wood. Wipe off the excess stain with a rag. 4Allow the stained surface to dry completely. This will take from two to 12 hours depending on the humidity and temperature of the area. 5Sand the surface lightly with 220-grit sandpaper to remove areas of grain swelled by staining. Sanding the surface only to make enough to make it smooth and not to remove the stain. Wipe the surface down with a tack cloth to remove the sanding dust. 6Brush on a second coat of stain. Allow it to sit on the wood from three to 10 minutes. Remove the excess stain with a rag. Allow the stain to dry, then sand. Repeat this process one more time to achieve a deep rich color. 7Apply a layer of polyurethane to the dining room table surface. Allow the polyurethane to dry for an hour. Repeat this process for a total of four coats. Allow the final coat of polyurethane to dry 24 hours before use. Things You Will Need 100-, 150- and 220-grit sandpaper Sanding block Tack cloth Stain Rag Paintbrushes Polyurethane Tip Optional sanding methods include using an orbital sander or belt sander. Make sure to move the electric tool in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Sanding across the wood grain causes the wood grain to appear scratched and create unwanted lines in the stain. google_ad_channel = ‘4818890251’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘4’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘336×280’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’; Photo Credits Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images Suggest a Correction What Size Sandpaper Should I Use to Sand a Table? How to Restore the Wood Finish on a Dining Room Table How to Paint a Dining Room Table & Chairs How to Strip Polyurethane From Wood google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_channel = ‘9557755723’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘5’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘160×600’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’;
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Refinishing Dining Room Table

Removing the Finish When refinishing furniture, you must do the most unpleasant part of the job first. Removing the old finish can be a cumbersome and messy task. For a while early in the process, until you start getting down to the wood underneath the mess, you may feel that you have completely ruined the piece. Have patience. Once you get to the final stage of the wood, you will have graduated from making a mess to creating a masterpiece. When you’re finished, you’ll be proud of what you were able to create. You can remove old paint and varnish in a couple of different ways, primarily by sanding and through the use of chemical strippers. Heat guns can also be used for stripping and are sometimes used as a supplement to the other methods in the removal of a particularly stubborn finish. Sanding is a good method only if you have good sanding equipment and are experienced in its use. If you’re trying to remove an old finish by hand sanding or with a common orbital finishing sander, you’ll wear yourself out and waste a lot of sandpaper. On the other hand, belt and disk sanders can remove finishes quickly, but since they’re capable of removing so much material, you must be very careful not to ruin the piece by sanding too deeply. It’s also difficult to sand varnish from round or decoratively curved areas such as turned table legs. Chemical strippers – commonly called paint strippers – are an effective means of removing paint and varnish from wood furniture or projects. Using these chemicals is probably the fastest and easiest method for most people. Despite what you may read on the back of a can, if you want to do a really good job, some sanding will still be required after the old finish is removed by the stripper.Shop Paint Strippers Good to KnowThe finish removal techniques described in this how-to will remove the rich patina of very old furniture. If your interest is in restoring antique or valuable old furniture, look first at products designed to clean and restore antique furniture without refinishing. Always test such products in an inconspicuous area before use. It may be that the old finish itself contributes to the value of the furniture.
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Refinishing Dining Room Table

Hi Kate! I know this is an old post, but I’m restaining a beautiful cherry dining table I bought on Craigslist for $75. I thought about painting it, but like you, I love how a dark wood table grounds a room. I also love the look of painted chairs with a wood table. I’m staining our table red mahogany to match another table we have in our living room. Anyway, you always have such informative posts, I knew I’d get some good tips from you when your post came up in my google search. Thanks for the information and helpful tips! Your table looks great!!! Loribeth
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Refinishing Dining Room Table

This dining table belonged to my Great Grandmother, and was passed down to me when I got married. It is at least 60 years old. I love that it has a drop leaf, making it so convenient when we need to open it up to make room for more guests at dinnertime or for parties. There is also a leaf in the middle that you can use to make it even bigger. It is so versatile, which seems harder to come by in the dining tables they are producing today. Since the moment I gained possession of this table 9 years ago, I knew one day I would love to refinish it, as the tabletop was very scratched up and had water rings after many years of use. I never had the guts to try it though, so just continued to cover up the beautiful table with a table cloth, which always bothered me. Fast forward to two weeks ago when I just decided to go for it already!
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Refinishing Dining Room Table

I love how the legs of the table now perfectly match to the legs of the chairs. Here she is at full capacity, with the middle leaf installed and both ends up. Seats 8! Proud mom here, showing way too many photos of her baby. I used items I already had on hand to style the table. I’m not sure it will stay like this, but for now it works. And you can see the rug I recently purchased in these photos as well. I wanted to share the step-by-step in hopes that it will give one of you that were in the same boat as me the confidence to go ahead and try refinishing a piece of furniture. It’s time consuming, yet completely doable and so worth it. Every time I look at the table I am so proud of myself and know that my Great Grandma is happy that I breathed new life into our family heirloom. I will gladly answer any additional questions you may have regarding the whole process, so feel free to leave them in the comments or email me. Thanks for following along!
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Refinishing Dining Room Table

When refinishing furniture, you must do the most unpleasant part of the job first. Removing the old finish can be a cumbersome and messy task. For a while early in the process, until you start getting down to the wood underneath the mess, you may feel that you have completely ruined the piece. Have patience. Once you get to the final stage of the wood, you will have graduated from making a mess to creating a masterpiece. When you’re finished, you’ll be proud of what you were able to create. You can remove old paint and varnish in a couple of different ways, primarily by sanding and through the use of chemical strippers. Heat guns can also be used for stripping and are sometimes used as a supplement to the other methods in the removal of a particularly stubborn finish. Sanding is a good method only if you have good sanding equipment and are experienced in its use. If you’re trying to remove an old finish by hand sanding or with a common orbital finishing sander, you’ll wear yourself out and waste a lot of sandpaper. On the other hand, belt and disk sanders can remove finishes quickly, but since they’re capable of removing so much material, you must be very careful not to ruin the piece by sanding too deeply. It’s also difficult to sand varnish from round or decoratively curved areas such as turned table legs. Chemical strippers – commonly called paint strippers – are an effective means of removing paint and varnish from wood furniture or projects. Using these chemicals is probably the fastest and easiest method for most people. Despite what you may read on the back of a can, if you want to do a really good job, some sanding will still be required after the old finish is removed by the stripper.Shop Paint Strippers

Refinishing Dining Room Table

Refinishing Dining Room Table

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