How to Refurbish an Antique Work Table How to Refurbish an Antique Work Table

What You'll Need
Glue
Sandpaper
Vinegar
Steel wool
Wood cleaner
Chemical stripper
Putty knife
Wood filler
Lacquer
Varnish
Paint
Primer
Paintbrushes and rollers

The cost of new furniture can be quite prohibitive which is why it is sometimes better to purchase an old work table from a flea market that you can always refurbish to look new. The steps to restoring antique pieces are simple enough for any thrift buyer to accomplish. If you become good at the art, you can even restore old pieces and sell them to those looking for new accessories to add to their house.

Step 1 – Secure the Legs

The most common issue with antique tables is that they have wobbly legs. You will have to fix that first. To do so, simply add glue on the leg and attach to the table. To do this, you need to sand the leg down in order for you to remove the remnants of the old glue. If that does not work, you can apply vinegar on the leg. As a last resort, you can also rub the leg with using steel wool. Add a generous amount of wood glue on the leg and clamp the leg on the table until it dries completely.

Step 2 – Restore the Old Finish of the Wood

If the antique table you are working with was maintained properly, chances are that you do not have to do any heavy cleaning. You can regain the old finish of your antique table just by using an appropriate wood cleaner on the type of wood that you are working with. If you are able to select the best cleaner there is for you’re the wood made with your antique table, you can successfully restore the old shine that your table had. This is why you have to know what kind of wood you are working with in order for you to make the right choices.

Step 3 – Refinish the Wood

If you want to start from scratch and not just restore the table’s old finish, you can remove the prior finish by sanding the table down. If that leaves you unsatisfied, you can always use a chemical stripper for an even better job. Once you are done with that, you may proceed to applying multiple thin coats of lacquer or varnish.

Step 4 – Fill the Holes

Most antique pieces of furniture have holes probably due to mishandling or termites. To remedy this problem, all you need is to fill the holes up with wood filler. You can always fill the holes up with the use of a putty knife. Keep the filler there until they have completely dried, after which you can sand down the portion until it is level with the wood.

Step 5 – Paint

If your antique table is too dilapidated to be aesthetically salvaged using a more nature finish like varnish or lacquer, then your last option is to paint the whole thing up. The first rule with painting anything is to prime the furniture properly prior to the actual painting.

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