Refinish Kitchen table

How To Refinish Your Old Kitchen Table? A Beginner’s DIY Guide

If your kitchen table looks old and it has bad spots on it or has a discoloration problem, then you need to refinish your kitchen table. You don’t need to buy a new table if you can refinish it and can give it a new and fresh look.

For this purpose, you don’t need to be an expert and don’t need equipment that is too costly. With simple DIY power tools that almost every DIY lover has in the storage room, you can DIY refinish your kitchen table easily.

Tools and Materials to Refinish a Kitchen Table

  • Stain
  • tack cloth
  • 100-, 150- and 220-grit sandpaper
  • polyurethane
  • rags
  • stain brushes
  • router (optional)
  • orbital sander (optional)

Steps To Refinish a Kitchen Table

Step 1: You need to sand the table from the top and from all the sites including its legs as well. You have to do this to remove all the bad spots and stains. Use sandpaper for this step with 100 grit value.

Step 2: After initial sanding and varnish removal with 100 grit sandpaper, now use sandpaper with 150 grit value to sand the tabletop. To smooth out the grains and to give a fresh new look to the tabletop, sand it again with 220 grit sandpaper.

In case, you are using a belt sander or orbital sander for this purpose, make sure not to gouge (damage) the surface of the tabletop.

Step 3: Once sanding is completed, now you have to use the tack cloth and clear all the sanding dust carefully. Make sure that there is no dust on the surface of the tabletop, legs, and all the sides of the table.

Step 4: Now use a stain brush and apply the stain. Make sure that you follow the natural grain of the wood. After 2 to 3 minutes, wipe off the excess stain. Apply 2 to 3 coats and sand with 220-grit sandpaper between the coats.

Step 5: Apply 3 to 5 coats of polyurethane after the stain gets dry for protecting kitchen table. After the final coat of polyurethane, wait for 24 hours so that your kitchen table gets dry and then you can start using your kitchen table.

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