What I Learned From Refinishing Our Kitchen Table Myself (Twice!)

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. You can send images in to wood@finishes.direct try not to have too much artificial light shining on the wood and please bare in mind that we can only guide you in the right direction, you will need to do some test areas first to ensure you are getting the finish that you want – Sam. Wood fillers shrink a bit when they dry, so make sure you use plenty and mound it up a little on top. Follow the instructions, and don’t overcoat it, your table will get sticky and you’ll have to sand it back down again.

Thank you for your inquiry, I have spoken to our in house expert how has said that to get a butterscotch look you can mix white and yellow from the Manns Solvent Wood Dye until you get the correct colour (sometimes its worth adding a little brown)then mix it in to a Morrells Pre Catalyst Lacquer no more than 5%, but around 2% could be enough. Any liquid causes this reaction; even when the wood is smoothly sanded, the finish itself acts to raise the grain. Lightening already treated wood is very difficult and the best thing to do is remove all existing treatments so you are back to bare wood.

I want the stain to show off the grain of the wood not some artificial lines from the stain applicator – seems like I might as well paint the wood if that’s all I’m getting from the stain. I understand staining pine is difficult and am wondering what some best practices are for a project like this. Usually, you begin sanding with a medium grit paper and gradually work up to a finer grit. I think your effect is awesome—it’s exactly what I’m looking for—but I don’t have a scrap of my project wood to test it on, so I need to be careful!

The oil based blocks tannins, doesn’t raise the grain, and blocks those terrible old furniture smells! Before I stained the table top again, I applied a wood conditioner which I’d suggest if stripping any soft woods. I’m not sure if the wood really looks like barn wood, but it definitely has a weathered rustic look, yet is still very polished and clean (hopefully kind of Pottery-Barnish). I stumbled upon your blog last week while searching for tips for refinishing an old solid wood dining set that was given to me. It has trestle legs and two leafs – fully extended, it’s 102″ long.

Using coarse #100-#120 grit paper, sand all edges of raised panels, doors, drawers and corners of cabinet all the way through to bare wood. I realize you did this a few years ago but I came across your blog when searching for painting furniture. Don’t waste your time with furniture polish, go straight for the good stuff: Murphy’s Oil Soap Spray or wipe on, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then wipe off. You could use an earth-tone glaze such as Van Dyke Brown applied to the sanded areas and moldings of a piece of furniture to create a discolored and aged look. Apply the stain and wipe off as much as you want while letting the wood grain show through the stain.

So if you are using an oil base stain, also use an oil based wood conditioner and oil base polyurethane and vice versa. In this Towline method, mobile carts move large furniture through various finishing stages on a conveyor system. If there are tight corners you can’t get at with sandpaper, use a very sharp scraper to very carefully smooth the wood in these. I thought about painting it, but like you, I love how a dark wood table grounds a room.

It is likely that you will only be able to do one coat of each with this product and for an alternative there is a stain called Driftwood in the Manns Wood Stain Range and you can apply as many coats of this as youlike before finishing with a top coat of the Polyx Oil. Any and all recommendations welcome at this point as I’m really frustrated (since I’ve put some many hours buildling the table from rough cut lumber). I’ve painted plastic mirror frames, antique wood tables, varnished chairs, and on and on. It has amazing bonding qualities without the chemicals. Just lightly sanding over the area removes the drip stain and helps the color blend (see above).