refinishing an antique table

Old 07-03-07, 09:44 AM
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refinishing an antique table

Can you give me any advice on how to strip and stain an antique dining table. It is a round pedestal table, not sure what type of wood. It appears to have an original "faux" oak wood-grain painted on it. I would like to stain it a very dark, almost opaque brown/black to go with my decor. Any advice?? What type of stain would give me the desired result? It will be used as our kitchen table so it needs to be durable.
Old 07-06-07, 08:54 AM
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If the current finish is indeed 'faux' oak painted on therre's no telling what kind of wood is underneath. Any good stripper/paint&varnish remover will take it off.

I'd stay away from the standard 'interior' furniture stains. The will probably not have enough pigment to get the dark color you're after. Go to a name brand paint store and inquire about either semi-transparent or solid color exterior stains. These will give you the deeper color you're after.

You can top coat with polyurethane for a durable surface.

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