Do you have an old wooden coffee table that you do not want to get rid of for sentimental reasons? You can make it look new, without spending a lot of money, by restoring or refurbishing it. If you have a coffee table that has scratches, stains, and other marks that it has acquired through the years, you can work on it and give it a refreshing, new look by following a few simple, do-it-yourself steps. Here are the things that you need to do.
1. Gather the necessary tools and supplies.
You will have to visit a hardware store near you before you can begin working on this project. You will need a number of equipment and materials that should not cost you more than 20 or 30 dollars. You have to get sand paper, sanding block, brushes, stain, protective goggles, gloves, dust mask, clean rags and cloths, and old clothes.
2. Find a place to work.
Refurbishing any wooden furniture will produce a lot of dust. It is similar to actually making wooden furniture using a sliding miter saw (or a non-sliding saw actually, the opinion on that varies: http://www.straightkerfs.com/to-slide-or-not-to-slide/). Anyway, the air will get dusty and may trigger or lead to allergies and respiratory problems. Therefore, find a space that is well-ventilated. If you have a home workshop or garage, then that is awesome. It will allow you to work anytime and however you want. But, for those without these options, the best choice is an outdoor space, such as a yard or driveway.
3. Get dressed.
Before starting the sanding process, change into your old clothes. Refurbishing can get messy, and you will surely not want to ruin your new and expensive outfits while doing this. Also, put on the protective goggles, dust mask, and gloves to protect you from the dust and other bits and pieces of wood that may fly into the air and cause harm and injury.
4. Sand the table.
Prepare the table to be sanded. Take a clean rag or cloth and wipe the table with it to remove moisture, food, and other common impurities from the surface. Using your fine-grade sandpaper and your sanding block, slowly sand the table surface, following the direction of the grain. This should take you some time, so make sure to take a few short breaks in between to not strain your arms and hands. If you want, you can rent a power sander for easier and faster sanding, especially if you are dealing with bigger types of furniture.
4. Stain the table.
There different kinds of stains that you can use as your finish. They can be dark colored, light colored, glossy, oil-based, and water-based. Before applying it onto the table, wear your protective goggles, gloves, and dust mask first. Dip the brush into the can, and carefully coat the table. Go from one end to the other. Do more coatings until you achieve your desired shade.