Hi friends! Today I’m sharing how I removed the stain from my dining room table top without sanding.
The first thing I usually reach for when removing the stain from a piece of furniture is my handy dandy sander. I thought I’d share another option that is pretty simple, that doesn’t remove any of the original surface through sanding, leaving those pretty curves completely in tact.
I’m including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
You may remember this before photo of my dining set at the thrift store:
I paid $85 for this beautiful set. This is how it looks today:
To remove the old stain, I used Antique Furniture Refinisher by Minwax:
The refinisher is a bit stinky, so if you can’t take your project outside, be sure to open plenty of windows! You’ll also need something to protect your hands.
Here’s a close up of the (not so) beautiful finish before:
A bit dated.
I just poured some refinisher onto my steel wool and rubbed gently in circles:
The stain comes right off. It works best on a new piece of steel wool, so change it out often. I went through almost two bags.
Like my gloves? Ha ha…I can never find them small enough to be functional anyway.
(Attention: Home Improvement stores: It’s not just large men who are in need of disposable gloves!)
You can see a big difference here:
It takes a little bit of elbow grease in some stubborn areas, but just keeping switching out for a fresh piece of steel wool.
The results are amazing:
The wood is so beautiful. I love that the integrity of the wood remained in tact. Sanding could have altered those beautiful curves.
I love the product I used to remove the stain.
The actual stain I chose is another story. I wish I would have chosen a different product. I used Minwax Polyshades which does not allow the beautiful wood grain to show through. Because it’s a stain and poly in one, it sits on top of the wood rather than being absorbed into the wood. Next time I would also definitely use wood conditioner prior to staining for a more even application. I’m still happy with the result, but that’s just my two cents.
It’s a long way from where it started! And I actually wasn’t thrilled with the result originally because I felt like it was too dark, but I have really grown to love it!
Here’s a more updated photo, taken almost two years later…
Still going strong! See more photos of this space HERE.
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