Hi friends! Today I’m sharing how to remove stain without sanding using my own dining room table.
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 intact.
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Here is a 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:
And very fine steel wool…
The refinisher is very stinky, so if you can’t take your project outside, be sure to use in a very well-ventilated area! 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.
I used Minwax Polyshades to restain, but I brushed it on way too liberally, so all of the stain was not absorbed into the wood which did not allow the beautiful wood grain to show through. Next time I would probably apply with a cloth or in thinner coats, and I would use wood conditioner prior to staining for a more even application. I’m still happy with the end result though.
It’s a long way from where it started!
Update: The body of the table and chairs were painted white when we moved to our new house, but the top is still going strong!
See more of our new dining room HERE.
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