Refinishing A Pine Kitchen Table

Today I’m answering an SOS from my neighbor Christine, who has given up on her kitchen table because she considers it well, beyond help. The table needed to be redone because it was missing poly on all but its leaves so when we’d put anything hot or wet on it, we’d be left with white marks that didn’t go away. I would definitely flip the table over and try lots of different things on the underside until you get the look you want. Sanding dust is the enemy, so I brushed the project off with a soft bristled brush, then vacuumed the entire area.

The idea is that this harmless, innocuous substance penetrates the wood and remains there, helping to drive out moisture and preventing bacteria from getting lodged within the wood and breeding. Step 5: Go over the entire surface of the table with a heat gun to pop any bubbles that may have developed. We’re going to level the table to make sure the epoxy does not run off one side or pool to one side since it is a liquid. Choosing a clear finish for wood involves trade-offs between appearance, protection, durability, safety, requirements for cleaning, and ease of application.

In the meantime, faced with what we thought to be our only remedy – sanding and redoing the entire top – my husband had a what have we got to lose?” idea. We would also recommend that you oil the table surface on a six month to yearly basis depending on its usage. I screamed at my husband for putting something hot on our cherry table and leaving the white mark.

Finishes that contain a higher percentage of oils and less resins are called long-oil varnishes, and tend to be more elastic and soft—perfect for outdoor applications and areas that receive a lot of moisture ( Epifanes is a good example of a long-oil varnish). This contradictory information came from a number of sources, including the only magazine dedicated to woodworking back then, Fine Woodworking, paint store clerks, finish product reps, and even the instructions written by the manufacturers of finishing products.

I used CitraStrip after reading in the comments section in the post that I wrote about stripping my kitchen table that many of you recommend it. Now that I have used it – I agree. For a while early in the process, until you start getting down to the wood underneath the mess, you may feel that you have completely ruined the piece. Then that coat dried for a couple more hours and I snuck out in my PJs and did a quick sanding (again with fine grit sanding block) and added another coat.

Reason being, as you mentioned, water based products can raise the grain of the wood. I imagine it would work well for a finish on bowls and glasses as it a non drying oil and it holds up well to extreme temperatures. I love that you show the products that you use – that’s so helpful because I don’t have much experience with paint and really use your reviews/tips on all of that! Solid wood furniture looks great in every space, particularly the dining room where the table provides communal heart of the home. So when my sister, a very busy mother of three, asked me to make a table for her, I insisted on a wood tabletop.

DURABILITY & USAGE: Use EF Extender in hot, dry weather to enhance the leveling properties of GF top coats, or whenever extended drying time is desired. Whether you’re turning a ladder-back chair into a flower planter or want to put your favorite wooden rocker on the porch, here are some tips on how to get the most life out of wood furniture in the garden. If the surface looks bad even when wetted with mineral spirits, you’ll have to take other measures to restore the finish. Where it works: These oils give a rich warmth to the wood surface, and linseed oil in particular tends to accelerate and exaggerate the natural patina of the wood.

Depending on the kind of finish the heat might help fuse the finish back together, at least to some degree. Wax is an evaporative finish because it is dissolved in turpentine or petroleum distillates to form a soft paste. Our table arrived a week ago and I did not realize we needed to protect it and we have a few small watermarks (nothing too serious yet but it is still bugging me as this table cost us an arm and a leg – we are in Canada so our dollar sucks right now). Reapplying this finish is as simple as wiping it on, letting it set, and wiping it off again. Here is what we used on my daughter’s table and I just used it on my RH coffee table last week.

Salvaging trees and the production process for creating custom live edge wooden tables is a process of patience. On most raw woods, start sanding in the direction of the grain using a #120-150 grit paper before staining and work up to #220 grit paper. Do NOT use steel wool when preparing wood for water based finish, as steel particles will cause rust spots. On curved or milled surfaces use shaped rubber profiles to back the paper, or create your own backing block that conforms to the shape you’re sanding.

I love the color that this oxidizing method gives the wood and I am planning on building the same Rustic X coffee table. Depending on wear and usage, this finish will also need to be refreshed over time (typically 5-8 years). Your decision about which finish to use will depend on your confidence level and the piece you’re finishing. Paste wax or liquid furniture polish that is on top of the finish assists the finish in repelling water to start with.

The wood was finely cracked and didn’t know if it was already there or from me. I didn’t want to further damage the wood from moisture or excessive heat. When applied on top of the black tea (which was dry) it turned almost black, but even after sanding it, it never lightened to a grey. If you use a brush, work quickly and apply lacquer with the grain using a good, natural bristle brush. Scratches which go deeply into the wood will have to have filler or binder added to build up the damaged area before application of a new top layer of finish.

Simply renew the finish often enough that the surface stays perfectly sealed – a once-a-month rub with an oil-soaked cloth is about right, with overnight to dry. I have used it for other pieces, and was planning on using it for a kitchen table. And what’s happened with all the cleaning and just time and plates being dragged across this, that finish has just plain worn off. Almost all finish is repairable, but high gloss finishes are the hardest to repair.

I remember I had a bottle of low-odor Mineral Spirits so I grabbed a cloth and rubbed that over the table top and it did a great job removing all the yuck. So hitting it with 3-5 coats of Arm-R-Seal (a pure varnish), gives you the protection you need on a table. After I removed all the stripper, I went over the table with a rag dampened in Odorless Mineral Spirits. My husband and I own a furniture repair business, but don’t do a lot of wood repairs. If you’re repairing wood with an open grain, like oak, add grain details by making little slices with a razor while the epoxy is soft (Photo 3).

Toward the other end of the spectrum are medium and short-oil varnishes, which contain a higher concentration of resins and cure to a harder finish—good for table tops and floors (such as Behlen’s Rockhard Table Top Varnish ). Lacquer is considered more difficult to apply than other clear finishes because it requires several coats with sanding in between. Your new dining table can change the tone of your home, choosing the right style is the first step. The timing of applying repair techniques after the water damage has occurred to the finish is a major controlling factor.

You would probably not choose a simple oil or wax finish for a bar top or kitchen table that will be assaulted with scratches, hot coffeepots or strong solvents, but they are perfect for bookcases, jewelry boxes, turnings, picture frames, blanket chests and a host of similar objects. Now you can use an artist’s brush to create the grain (Photo 5). If the sheen of the patch doesn’t match the rest of the wood when the stain dries, you can recoat the entire surface with wipe-on finish to even it out.

This method is especially useful when you want to make a table top, desk top, counter, to get a smooth clear top coat finish. But many other woods have larger pores that the finish will sink into, creating unevenness in the finish film, and ruining the smooth-as-glass effect. His thinking was that none of the finishes are indestructible, so he may as well use something that is easily touched up. To date, the table looks great.

I don’t know that the difference would be noticeable enough to justify buying a new can of finish. Things were completely level after the flip (so we high fived) and we could envision this little project actually turning into the table we’d been talking about! Based on how quickly my bench was deteriorating, it soon became evident that unless I wanted a pile of rotten splinters on my porch, I needed to seal and refinish the bench and fast! Originally, the table was given a beeswax finish, which presented a nice, amber patina and protected the soft wood from stains. The washcoat needs to be thin—such as a 1/2-pound cut of shellac—so it doesn’t completely seal the wood.

The piece of wood below on the left was not treated with the pre-stain wood conditioner. Now it’s time to put some color back, or stain it. Now remember, I’m only doing the top of this table, so I’ve got to get this color to be a pretty close match to the base. I think what people have to do is not have that perfectionist attitude when it comes to the finish. So any warm drinks, soups, or even washing it in warm water could cause the finish to be changed. This is usually caused in humid conditions or areas where spillage has occurred, the water having been absorbed into the wood causing the grain to swell.

Now it, it actually is, is in a way, better than a new table because the finish that I’ve put on here is really tough, okay. If you submit your name through a form on our website to request information from an advertiser or third party, is not responsible for any marketing or other use of your name by that third party. They tend to impart a satiny sheen that isn’t too glossy, replicating a natural” wood look. Make sure you practice on a scrap piece of wood before to find the right setting. I am finally ready to add some protection to the table and use it without any tablecloth.