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Refinished Antique Table

I’m a newcomer to refinishing projects, so I’m sure I’ve made some mistakes along the way. This antique table was passed down to me from my grandmother, and the varnish was starting to peel away, so I decided to paint it as an accent piece.


Antique End Table


refinished antique table

Here’s how I did it!

Time: one day of sanding; 4-6 hours of painting (spread out over a few days)

Cost: $15 for one quart of Behr paint with primer (was on sale at Home Depot); The table was passed down and the rest of the supplies were on hand (sandpaper, scraper, paintbrushes and varnish remover)

Basic Steps:

  • I used 5f5 paint and varnish remover first (very toxic, yuck) and used a scraper to carefully remove the varnish without destroying the wood.
  • Sand, sand, sand (I like to think of this as a mini-workout).
  • Add a few coats of paint.

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Beth is the owner, lead designer and developer of BMD&M. Beth blogs about design, development and DIY projects. When she's not blogging, she teaches as an adjunct instructor at a local college. Beth also tweets for BMD&M.

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  1. Sue says:

    Wow! The new version of the table is breathtaking! Not in the Seinfeld way, in the “oh my god, no way!” way. It looks fantastic. Even the photos are really cool looking.

    Love it. Sue

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