Repurposing and reusing old furniture is one of my favorite things to do. Old pieces often hold so much character, it’s sad to see them just go to waste. Throwing a coat of paint on them is a great and often easy fix. However, sometimes restoring them to their natural beauty or restaining them a different shade is the desired look.
I found this beauty at my local ReStore for (be prepared to be jealous) $75. I thought it was a CRAZY deal and was very thankful to find it but it wasn’t the color I was looking for. Light wood just isn’t my thing.
So I painted the bottom white and refinished the top following these 5 steps:
1. Sand off or strip the current stain or paint. My choice has always been to sand. So, I use a little palm sander and sand off all the previous finish. The varnish that was on here before kept gumming up my sand paper so I used a technique called stripping, to literally scrape off the excess varnish.
Then I went back over it, sanding it by hand to make sure it was clear of any previous finishes.
2. Prepare the wood for stain. When you have bare wood, it is best to apply a wood conditioner. This will prepare the wood to accept the stain more evenly. So, wipe off any dust from sanding and apply the wood conditioner with a rag.
3. Prepare stain for application. You do this by shaking the stain well. Any bubbles formed by shaking will break down when applying the stain and wiping it off.
4. Properly apply stain. Applying stain is not hard but one way is certainly better… this is the way I think is best.
Apply stain with a rag…not a brush. A rag will give you better control over where you are placing the stain.
Apply the stain one small section at a time.
After generously applying the stain. Wipe it off with a clean rag.
If you want a darker look, apply more coats of stain. Adding more layers of stain will make the finish richer and darker.
Lightly sand the piece after applying the final layer of stain. Sand it by hand using 150 grit sand paper with the grain.
6. Apply wax with Grade #0000 steel wool and buff, buff, buff. This makes it nice and shiny and super durable!!
The end result is a beautiful “new” table top that is just the way I like it. It is also very durable and will last a long time.
If you’d like to see some other projects that we have used this method on check out these posts: