A REAL dining room table and chairs!

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A REAL dining room table and chairs!

I got my first real dining room table and chairs set today.


It needs a little bit of sanding and re-staining in a few spots... and I of course want to mess with it a bit more (or it wouldn't be me)...

I'm going to get some fabric that matches the upholstery and cut it to fit nicely over the woven backs of the chairs as well. I'm not a big fan of the wicker-type backing.

mmmm glue gun and cotton batting. Biggrin

I'll take pics in a month or so when I am done.

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It's amazing what you can do

It's amazing what you can do even with some stain slapped on over the scratches, etc.


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Simple refinishing solution...

Unless you are bound and determined to strip off the old finish and replace it with something new, I'd like to recommend something that will give you nearly immediate gratification without the labor and risk of using paint removers!

Clean the table and chairs as best you can. A damp cloth with soap and water for starters. Then moisten a rag with some mineral spirits, or turpentine, or VM&P Naphtha to remove any oils and wax.

Based on the manufacturer, I'm going to presume that it's actually a lacquer finish on your furniture (though I could be wrong), but this solution will still work.

A really simple way to fix the scratches and restore the color is to use tinted oil or varnish. I would recommend Watco Danish Oil, either Dark Walnut or Black Walnut based on the color in the photograph in your link. No sanding required. Simply apply the Watco following the directions on the can, then wipe it off and buff with a clean cotton cloth.

It will color the wicker backs on the chairs. If that's a problem you'll need to be a little more diligent about keeping the oil from contacting the wicker.

That's it. Because Watco Danish Oil is a "long oil" finish it'll take at least 24 hours to dry. Keep buffing every few hours if you feel like it. You'll be amazed at how the scratches disappear and how new the finish appears to be.

I have re-claimed plenty of furniture for family and friends using that method. I confident you'll be happy with the result.

tony b.

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