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Refinishing a Vintage Teak Veneer Coffee Table

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This easy DIY project by Markova Design shows how you can save some money and take that dated piece of furniture and make it look like new – in just one day!

Step 1: Removing Old Finish

Lay out the drop cloth to protect your work area and place furniture on drop cloth.  Carefully open can of paint stripper and pour onto table spreading a thick layer with your metal scraper. Allow stripper to sit and permeate the stain/paint layer. This may take several minutes. You will know it is working when you see the stain/paint layer bubbling. Scrape the old finish away with the scraper, being careful not to dig and scratch the wood finish underneath. Scrape the waste onto newspaper or into an empty paper cup. Once most of the old finish is scraped away, use an old cloth soaked with paint thinner to wipe away the stripper and clean off the table surface. At this point, the surface will look blotchy and uneven.

Step 2: Sanding

Once the surface is dry, cut 150 grit sandpaper to size and wrap it around a sanding block. Sand in the direction of the grain. When all of the old finish has been removed, switch to 220 grit sandpaper to lightly sand, smoothing out the surface until an even finish has been achieved.

Pro tip: An electric sander is not recommended; you want to be able to control how much wood is sanded away, being careful not to sand away the veneer.

Step 3: Staining The Surface

Use a damp, lint free cloth or vacuum to remove the dust from sanding. Then, go over the surface with a tack cloth to remove any remaining residue. Mix Varathane Ultimate Wood Stain

with a stir stick. Using a foam applicator brush, apply stain to surface with the grain, in long smooth strokes. Spread the stain evenly on the surface, working in small patches so you can control how long the stain sits on the surface. Let the stain sit for a few seconds or minutes, depending on how deep you want the stain to be. Then wipe off excess stain with a lint free cloth. Allow to dry for an hour.

Step 4: Applying a Protective Top Coat

Stir Varathane Diamond Finish - Interior to avoid producing bubbles. Apply finish in long even strokes and in thin even layers. Be careful not to over brush in order to minimize brush strokes. The topcoat will go on milky but will dry clear. Allow 2-3 hours for the first coat to dry. When dry, if the wood grain is raised or it feels rough in some patches, give it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and wipe off with a tack cloth. Apply a second coat. Repeat the process for 3 to 4 coats altogether.


Pro tip: Let the table cure for 48 hours before using.

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