How to Update a Dining Table

August 20, 2013

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updating a dining table

After I changed the fabric on my dining table chairs, I decided I had to change the entire table because the fabric didn't look right with the color of the wood on the table.

This project isn't quite as easy as changing the fabric. It took a lot of time and effort, but was worth all the hard work.

Here is the before picture. The table has a great design to it but the color is all wrong.


I started by sanding down the entire table with an orbital sander. Start with 80 grit sandpaper to remove all of the previous finish. I used sponge sanders for the edges and corners of the chairs.

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The kids even helped out with the sanding.


Use a lint free cloth to wipe the table often to clear the sawdust. After all of the previous finish is removed and you are down to bare wood, it's time to start smoothing. I went through 100, 120, 180, 220, and 440 sandpaper to slowly smooth the finish of the table. Take your time with this part. You want the surface as smooth as possible before you paint or stain.

I used the MinWax stain Slate because it is a tinted stain and would give me the gray wood color I was looking for. The hard part was keeping the star visible on the table. Even though the table top is three different kinds of wood, all of the wood took the stain to the same color. I ended up staining around the star with a very quick light coat on the star.


For the actual staining, I wiped the stain on with a staining sponge then used a lint free cloth to wipe it off after just 2 minutes. I applied two coats of stain and 3 coats of polycoat  to protect the table. After each coat of polycoat you want to resand with the 440 grit sand paper or higher to smooth out any bubbles then wipe well with a lint free cloth before the next coat.


What I ended up with is a lovely gray wood table that matched perfectly with the new fabric on the chairs!



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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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