How to Resurface a Kitchen Table

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How to Resurface a Kitchen Table
Kitchen tables receive a lot of scratches over the course of their use. (Modern kitchen and dining table image by MAXFX from

Kitchen tables are often quite heavy and expensive pieces of wood that will stand several years of use and abuse. Even the toughest wood will show signs of wear over time, however. Wet rings from sweating glasses, and scratches and dents are all common table damage. Instead of throwing out the table when the damage begins to ruin the table's appearance, consider resurfacing the table. Sanding and refinishing will breathe new life into your table.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire wool brush
  • Belt sander
  • Finish remover
  • Paintbrush
  • Putty knife
  • Varnish
  • Cloth
  • Thinner
  • Gloves
  • Wood filler
  • Stain
  • Finishing wax

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the top of the table if possible. Move the top or the entire table to a well-ventilated area. Do not use varnishes or paint thinners in confined spaces.

  2. 2

    Spread a finish-removal product over the table using a paintbrush. Allow it to sit on the surface for the recommended amount of time before scraping away the finish with a putty knife.

  3. 3

    Apply a liquid stripper to the exposed wood using a fine wire wool brush to remove the last bits of the finish. Remove the stripper with paint thinner.

  4. 4

    Sand down the table using a belt sander, paying attention to dents or nicks in the wood. Do not spend too much time sanding deep dents as this will create an uneven surface. Apply sealable wood filler to deep dents, smoothing out the application with a putty knife to fill the dents. Spread it on a clean surface after sanding.

  5. 5

    Repaint the table with several applications of gloss--the Ron Hazleton House Calls website recommends three--and apply a finish wax over the gloss to finish the resurfacing process.

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