Refinishing a wooden table

It’s no surprise that wood is our favourite material. The look… the feel…the possibilities! Timber is just as versatile as it is durable, which is why your timber pieces can be reinvigorated, time and time again. In the following blog post we’re going to cover how you can breathe new life into your wooden table by refinishing it— simple, quick, and rewarding. Read on to find out more.

Before you begin, you’ll want to take a trip to your nearest Sadolin stockist to get the supplies you’ll need for the task ahead.

You will need:

  • A solid wood table to refinish (if you are a beginner, we recommend starting with a basic table— stay away from pieces with detailed carvings or scrollwork).
  • Sugar soap or another gentle cleanser
  • A rag with which to clean
  • Coarse Sandpaper and fine sandpaper or a sandpaper block or mechanical sander
  • A clean dry tack cloth
  • Your chosen Sadolin wood stain (don’t forget that this can be mixed using our colourmix service so you can choose from thousands of colours!)
  • Paint brushes

Step 1: Thoroughly clean your wooden table:Use your sugar soap or gentle all-purpose cleaner to clean your wooden table. Really give it a good scrubbing to get rid of any dirt, oil or grease.

Step 2: Remove the current finish: Use your coarsest sandpaper and sand with the grain to remove whatever’s on the table now: varnish, old paint, etc. Once you’ve done this, be sure to wipe off the dust with your clean cloth.

Step 3: Sand again with a fine grit: Use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth off the table and remove the remaining substances from the surface. Once you’ve finished, use your cloth again to ensure no dust remains. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times until you’re left with a clean slate. At this stage you may choose to apply a wood preserver to fortify and protect your wood. Let dry.

Step 4: Apply a stain to your wood: Once your wood preserver is dry, wipe your table down and apply one coat of your stain. Once this first coat has dried, sand the table again with your finest grit paper and wipe away the dust. Give the table one more coat, or repeat the process if you haven’t reached your desired coverage. Deeper colours will need more coats. We recommend our Quick Dry Woodstain for this, and Sadolin’s colourmix service allows you to choose from thousands of colours to ensure you have your ideal woodstain!

Step 5: Finish with a polyurethane top coat: Add a top coat for hard wearing protection and durability. Apply two coats and sand in between, once the first coat has dried.

Once the above steps are completed, you’ll be left with a magnificent refinished table that will be looking better than ever. Give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work and get ready for the compliments to roll in!


Feeling inspired? Call into your local Sadolin stockist for everything you need to get started or visit us on the web.


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