How To Refinish a Table
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How To Refinish a Table

This is an article which guides you step by step on how to refinish a table. The table can be a large table or a small table. Take the table outside so the dust from sanding is not inside your house, and so the fumes from the paint, stain, and poly won't make your family sick.


Electric handheld sander

Fine grit sand paper

Rags or cloths



Small paint brush



Step 1

Use an electric handheld sander to remove all of the old finish off of the table top. Sand the top side and edges of the table top until you see no remaining paint, stain or varnish. You should be able to look at the table top and see only unfinished wood.

Step 2

Sand each of the legs using a piece of fine grit sand paper. You can use the hand held sander if you’d like but for the grooves and ridges of a table leg it is better to use a piece of sand paper. Doing it by hand ensures that there will be no indents, or nicks in the wood from the high powered electric sander.

Step 3

Use a soft dry cloth to dust the table top and legs. If you do not dust them off well there could be dust remaining on them when you paint or stain. The dust gets trapped under the new finish and causes blemishes and imperfections. Use a shop vacuum to clean up all remaining dust created from sanding.

Step 4

Use another soft dry cloth to apply the stain to the table top and to each of the legs. Wipe the stain on then rub it off in a circular motion. This ensures even coverage with no dark spots. Apply a second coat of stain when finished with the first for a deeper color. You do not have to wait between coats of stain.

Step 5

If you wish to paint the table top and legs begin with a coat of primer. Apply the primer then wait 2 hours before applying paint to the table top or legs. After the two hours has passed the primer should be fully dry. Apply a coat of latex paint to the table top and legs using a roller for the top, and a small paint brush for the edges of the top and for the legs.

Step 6

Allow each coat of paint to dry for 2 hours. Apply several coats of polyurethane to finish the tables new finish. Apply poly over both paint and stain. Wait 12 to 24 hours after the final coat of paint before applying polyurethane. Wait 30 minutes between coats of poly. Use a roller to apply each coat of polyurethane to the table top. Use a small paint brush to apply it to the edges. You can coat the legs of the table with polyurethane if desired but you don’t have to. The purpose of the polyurethane is to protect the surface and finish on the table top. The poly also ensures that the table will be easy to keep clean. Polyurethane protects the paint from spills, food, and everyday usage. Without it the painted finish would become stained and scratched. The paint would peel when it was washed.

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Comments (3)

nice one, thanks, votes up

Thank you!

How is possible if dust is not attached to the table in order to save time build clothes according to fitting of table even in the technological area time is important so besides doing thede activities this is best idea and when clothes become dirty then put them in washing maching.

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