Simple Steps In Refinishing A Wood Table On Your Own

Posted on: 22 March 2016

If you have an old wood table that appears drab and riddled with blemishes, there are several steps you can take to revitalize it so it seems like an entirely new piece. Doing a wood furniture refinishing job is often handled by a professional as it will ensure the piece does not sustain additional damage during the process. If you feel you are handy and you have time to fiddle around with improving the wood texture, consider undertaking the task yourself. Here are some general guidelines to use when doing a wood table refinishing job on your own.

Assess The Scope Of The Project First

Before you start making repairs or adding color to the table, you need to find out how many spots are in need of attention so you do not overlook any during the repair process. Indents or cracks are often masked by the coloring of the wood or at jointed areas such as where the legs meet the underside of the table's surface. To find each blemish rub some mineral spirits on the entire table. This will bring the flawed areas to your attention easily. You can then mark the spots with a small sticker or piece of tape so when the mineral spirits dry, you will be able to find the flaw again.

Remove Debris From The Wood

Clean down the surface of the wood to remove any grime. If the wood does not have a protective coating, use a damp piece of microfiber cloth to remove dirt. Quickly dry the area afterward so moisture does not settle into the wood.

If the table has old watermarks present already, their appearance can be decreased using petroleum jelly. Rub a thin layer of the petroleum jelly over the marking and allow it to sit upon the surface overnight. The next day, rub the jelly away using a dry piece of cloth.

If there are paint spots on your table, remove them by scraping them away with a razor blade. If the table had previous staining, strip it away with a wood stripping agent. You can apply a new stain when repairs are completed.

Fill In Voids With Wood Putty

Anywhere you find a crack or indented area alters the appearance and the structural integrity of the wood. Fill in these areas with a professional-grade wood putty. This can be purchased from a hardware store. Simply roll a small piece of the putty around in your fingers to warm it so it becomes soft enough to press into the crevices.

When the putty hardens, sand it using a piece of medium grit sandpaper. Make sure to sand the edges of the wood holding the putty in place so it becomes uniform with the filler. When the surface appears flat, switch to a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and use it to smooth the area.

Add A New Shade To Revamp

After your table has been cleaned, stripped, and repaired, add a coating of stain to the piece of furniture to give it a fresh, new look. This is done by rubbing the wood with a clean piece of cloth dipped in the stain color of your choice. Rub along with the grain and remove any excess color with another piece of cloth if necessary. Allow to dry overnight and add a layer of sealant to give your table a luxurious sheen if desired. Contact a business, such as R A Mayo Industries, for more information.   

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