Therefore, it is not surprising that one of our team members brought the Bassett Furniture coffee table from half of Kansas’s grandmother to Brooklyn, where she takes center stage in her living room. But after about 70 years of use, not to mention cross-country travel, the table needed a little love. So, we took over the project and took the table to the House Beautiful studio to give it a finish that would return to its former glory and guarantee at least another 70 years of use. That’s how we did it and how you can do the same with dusty age in your garage. Real estate property
- Lacquer thinner
- Mineral spirits
- Wood stain
- Varnish for wood
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Sandpaper 150
- Grip Cloths
- Paint scraper
In any renovation project, you should start by making sure that your surface is clean and free of dust. Clean it with a damp cloth, especially if you have been sitting in an attic for a while.
- Remove the lacquer
If your table is lacquered, you will need to remove it before staining the wood again. Apply a lacquer thinner, let it sit for the time specified on the package and then scrape with a paint scraper.
- Remove the thinner from the lacquer
After all the lacquer has been removed, apply Mineral Spirits to the surface to dissolve the excess solvent.
Sand uneven areas with 150 grit sandpaper until the color is uniform. Sand again with 200 grit to smooth the surface, then wipe with a sticky cloth to keep the surface free of dust.
Now, stain time. Before staining, test the durability of a scrap piece or shaker to find out how long you want to make the stain the color you want. When you decide, apply the wood finish of your choice in uniform strokes with a brush. Paint in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe the stain with a clean cloth.
Sanding: sand with 200 grains on an even surface.
Apply the top coat of the varnish with a new brush in the direction of the wood grain. Let it dry overnight.
- Sand and chandelier
Give the surface a final sand with 200 grains to polish.
And ready! You have a table like new, but much better.