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How to Restore a Pine Table

Updated February 21, 2017

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

  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. 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. 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.

  8. Tip

    Sand, brush and wipe with the grain of the pine table


    Wear gloves to protect your hands from chemical stripper

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Hubert Oresco is a writer with over one year of experience. He has written for Demand Studios and several other online clients, including quizwinners.com. He has a degree from SUNY New Paltz. He lives and works in New York City.

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