Do you have a treasured dining room table? Have your kids spilled cereal on it, marked it up with permanent markers, scratched it with toys or just plain abused it? If so, all is not lost. Luckily, wooden tables are easy to refinish. You can essentially restore a wooden kitchen table to its original form with just a few basic tools and supplies. This article explains how you can breathe new life into an old table by refinishing it.
Set up a Work Station
First, move the table outside or into the garage where you can safely work on it. You will be working with smelly paints and the sanding will kick up a lot of dust that you don't want to get all over your house. Once you have a nice work area, get out a power sander.
Removing the Old Stain
For the first step, you will want use disc sander. This is better for grinding off the old stain. Use a medium grit at first. If the disc sander does not seam to be penetrating the finish, you might need to use coarser paper. Just be careful to not over-sand because you can create divots and depressions in the flat surface that will be hard to repair. After most of the old finish is off of the table, you can use a vibrating sander with fine grit to smooth out the surface so it is ready to be restained. Sand until the surface is uniformly smooth.
Before you apply any stain you should wipe down the surface with a wet rag. Remove any dust that might have settled in the seams between the wood.
Applying the New Stain
To apply the stain with a minimal mess, you should use rags instead of brushes. This makes it much easier to control the stain and reduce spills. You can pour the stain directly onto the surface and then quickly spread it all over. For the best results, you should apply multiple coats. Between each coat, you will need to lightly rub the surface with steel wool. Allow a couple hours of drying time before using the steel wool and make sure that you do a thorough rub down after the final coat.
This simple project will only take a couple of days and is much cheaper than investing in a new dining room furniture. You can stain your table a new color, or just keep it the same as it was before.