Guest Post- How to refinish a table (tutorial)

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How to refinish a table? A DIY furniture makeover project. An old pink table gets new life with paint. Black and gold painted table makeover. A DIY sandy table with textured paint on the neck. Makes it totally stand out. Let’s get to the tutorial on:

How to refinish a table?

how to refinish a table

From simple in pink to spectacular sandy table.

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(Pretty in Pink….Or so they say!)

how to refinish a table

Hello Fellow Craftionaryians, My Name is Jen Lossing from The Consigner Designer. I am so happy and honored to be here today! Today I am going to share with you how to refinish a table! You might be wondering why the title says pretty in pink…well this is why! Here she is…pink, but not so pretty!

pink table makeover

One of the things I love about refinishing things. Is you really don’t know what you are in for until you start taking away the layers. And this old girl had lots of layers!

Materials for refinish table

DIY table makeover

  • An Electric Sander
  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Heavy Mask
  • Safety Glasses
  • Sanding Sponge
  • Putty Knife
  • Rolling Brush
  • Paint Brush
  • Small Brush for Details
  • A Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Spray Gun Adapter (Optional)
  • Black Paint
  • Martha Stewart Textured Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Primer
  • Paint Stripper (Not Pictured) 
  • Wood Filler (Not Pictured)
Before you get started, always be sure to wear safety gloves, masks and goggles! I began by spraying a layer of Paint Stripper. Read the instructions and apply accordingly. It is best to apply and strip small areas at a time. 

How to strip the paint?

scrap paint old table
 Once you apply the Paint Stripper. Your paint will start to bubble and look like this.
stripping paint
stripping paint technique
 Once the paint starts to look like this. You are ready to strip it off using your putty knife.
scrapping paint table
After using the paint stripper. There was still some areas of paint and varnish left on the table.

So I used my sander to get the remaining layers off.

sanding tool for furniture

I then filled in the holes with wood filler.  Once this was dry, (I used my sponge sander) I sanded those areas down level. The sponge sander was also great for getting into those tiny details!

add fillers

pro grade cuts fast sanding sponge

 Once my piece was sanded. I wiped it down with a damp cloth. I then used my brush to get into any crevasses, I may have missed.

apply primer table

Now the real fun begins. I applied a layer of primer according to the directions and allowed it to dry.

How to refinish a table?

furniture table primer

Used my painters tape and tape off the base and top of the table. She looks better already!

painted table makeover

Then applied my black paint to the top and base of my table. I used an acrylic water based paint. I applied it with the sponge brush first. And then finished with the roller. I made sure there were no streaks.

black painted table

For some interesting texture and contrast.

I decided to paint the neck of the table a different color. I used Martha Stewart gold textured paint.

This stuff is awesome!!

It looks like I applied a thick layer of gold leaf!

(Look at it….it looks like peanut butter!)

martha stewart paints

Once the gold paint was completely dry. I finished up by filling in the details with black paint.

This juxtapose against the gold paint.

I then went back in with the gold paint. This was to correct any mistakes I might have made.

how to refinish a table

 I let the table dry over night. And applied a layer of polyurethane according to the directions. And here she is….Miss America; I mean, the newly refinished table! I just love it!

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painted table makeover

refinished side table

Thanks Hani for having me on your blog. I hope everyone enjoyed this. And I hope it has inspired them to refinish something not so pretty! Thanks again for letting me share.

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  1. Red Rose says:

    I was just trying to re finish a table myself and save it from the trashpile so this was really neat to read!I found your blog through TIOT. If you have time I'd love a follow back at:

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    it looks beautiful! stripping paint from those details is a lot of work!

  3. Amy says:

    Now THAT is a really helpful post! I've seen refinished furniture in other friend's houses and I've always wondered how to do it. I've been a little afraid to try, but step by step pictures make it a lot less intimidating.

    Visiting from WLW, and glad I did. 🙂

  4. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:

    Wow, I love this!! 🙂 I love your step-by-step process! Thanks so much for sharing at Oopsey Daisy!

  5. Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer says:

    Thanks everyone for all the wonderful compliments! And thanks again Hani for allowing me to post for your readers!

  6. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing at my party!

  7. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says:

    Great tutorial. I'm sure it will come in handy for those who want to try their hand at furniture transformations.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. Angela @ The Not So Functional Housewife says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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