How To Redo A Kitchen Table
Written by Brian B

How To Redo A Kitchen Table

Use our step-by-step guide below to properly redo/refinish your kitchen table!

Supplies Needed

For this task, you’ll need the following supplies/materials:

  • Tack cloth
  • Stripper and putty knife
  • Cotton rags
  • Mineral spirits
  • Fine steel wool
  • Disposable stain brushes
  • Oil-based stain
  • Oil-based polyurethane or Tung oil 100, 150, and 220 grit sandpaper
  • Splash-proof goggles
  • Chemical-resistant rubber gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Orbital or belt sander

Step 1. Clean The Surface

  • Gently use soap and water to remove oils and dirt from the table’s existing finish.
  • This prepares the surface for sanding if it’s a stained table or stripped if the table was previously varnished or painted.

Step 2. Apply Stripper

  • You will have to strip the surface if your table is painted or varnished.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any hazards at this time.
  • Leave the stripper on for the recommended time.
  • This will soften the existing finish.
  • Remove using a wide putty knife, always following the grain of the wood.
  • Make sure you do not gouge the surface.
  • Wipe your knife with a cloth between the scrapes.
  • A second or third coat could be necessary, depending on the type of table.
  • Wipe the table down with fine steel wool after the paint or varnish is removed.

Step 3. Clean Using Mineral Spirits

  • Once you have finished stripping and the surface is dry, wipe it with mineral spirits using a clean cloth.
  • This helps to remove any residual stripper.
  • Allow your table to dry completely before moving to the next step.

Step 4. Sand The Table Surface

  • Sand the table by following the grain of the wood in order to smooth the surface.
  • Do this after you’ve stripped paint or varnish, or to remove a stained finish.
  • Be careful not to gouge the table surface if you choose to use an orbital or belt sander for this task.
  • The majority of the sanding should be done with the 100-grit sandpaper, then use the 150-grit.
  • Do one final pass with the 220-grit in order to smooth out the grain.
  • Carefully remove the sanding dust using your tack cloth.

Step 5. Apply Stain

  • Apply stain using a disposable brush, while following the wood’s natural grain.
  • Allow the stain to soak in for a couple minutes.
  • Wipe off any excess stain with a soft cotton rag.
  • Use the rag to rub the stain into any cracks in the wood.

Step 6. Finish The Table

  • After about 24 hours, the final coat of stain should have been thoroughly cured.
  • Apply polyurethane or Tung oil, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Apply two coats, allowing the first to fully cure before the additional layer.
  • Use a cotton rag to buff a Tung oil finish.
  • Allow your final coat to dry for at least 24 hours.

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