Revamping An Old Wood Table

Posted on: 12 August 2015

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If you have an old wood table that you do not use in plain view within your home because it isn't aesthetically pleasing, consider trying to restore it into a pristine condition that would be admired. Restoring wood furniture is not that difficult to do on your own if you have the proper tools and a bit of time. Here are some instructions you can use to turn an old wood table into a furniture masterpiece.

Find All Blemishes

Before you start working on your remodeling project, wipe down the entire piece of furniture using a lint-free piece of cloth dipped in mineral spirits. Mineral spirits will temporarily darken your table so you can see all areas needing repair. Write a list of the areas needing work or take photos of the table when it is in its darkened state so you will be able to pinpoint the exact areas needing work when the mineral spirits are no longer wet on the surface, showing the blemishes.

Fixing Blemishes

If you had noticed any moisture rings on the table from someone setting down a beverage without a coaster on its surface, they can be faded or even removed completely using petroleum jelly. Simply rub into the moisture ring and leave in place overnight. Wipe off any excess the next day.

Chipped or cracked wood in your table can be filled in with a wood putty. Place a small piece of putty in your hand and roll it around to soften it so it becomes pliable. Use your fingers to push the putty into the area in question and allow to harden completely. You can then sand this area to make the spot uniform with the rest of the table. Remove any dried on paint by carefully scraping it off the table with a razor blade.

Finishing The Restoration

After blemishes have been addressed, use a sander with coarse-grit sandpaper to remove all finish from your table. Switch to a medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the surfaces and end with fine-grit sandpaper to give it a polished look. Use stain after sanding to give your table an entirely new color and sheen. Rub stain into the furniture with the grain of the wood. If you apply too much, mineral spirits can be used to lift excess from the surface. Use a clean piece of cloth to remove pooling stain as well. Allow the stain to dry completely and give the table a coating of polyurethane to give it a polished appearance.