How to Restore a Pine Table

Written by hubert oresco
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How to Restore a Pine Table
Restore your pine table's beautiful finish. (table image by Dmitry Nikolaev from

A handsome hardwood pine table is a great piece of furniture in any room. The finish on a pine table may become scuffed and worn after many years of regular use. Restoring a pine table by removing its old finish and applying a new finish is a great way to revitalise its look and protect it for many more years.

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Things you need

  • Chemical stripper
  • Steel wool
  • Putty knife
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Cloths
  • Brushes
  • Tack cloth
  • Sanding sealer
  • Polyurethane

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  1. 1

    Apply a heavy coat of chemical stripper with a brush to the pine table. Allow enough time to pass for the old finish to start peeling.

  2. 2

    Remove the old finish from the pine table by scraping it off with a putty knife. Scrub hard-to-reach areas with steel wool. Wipe the pine table with a damp cloth to remove traces of the stripper.

  3. 3

    Sand the pine table with 120-grit sandpaper to remove the last pieces of the old finish. Wipe the pine table clean of sawdust with a tack cloth.

  4. 4

    Sand the table with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the wood. Wipe the pine table clean of sawdust again with a tack cloth.

  5. 5

    Brush a coat of sanding sealer onto the pine table to allow the new finish to absorb into the wood. Allow the sealer to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Wipe a coat of new stain onto the pine table with a cloth. Allow the stain to absorb into the wood, and wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth.

  7. 7

    Apply a thin coat of polyurethane to the pine table with a brush. Allow the coat to dry, and lightly sand it with 220-grit sandpaper. Brush a second coat of polyurethane onto the pine table and allow it to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Sand, brush and wipe with the grain of the pine table
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from chemical stripper

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