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How To | Antique Table Restoration

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

I bought this antique oak library table at an estate sale for $75, it was in pretty rough shape and needed the top refinished. Halfway through the project, I realized how beautiful the wood underneath was and changed direction to strip and refinish the whole piece.

I ended up using CitriStrip and denatured alcohol to remove the old finish and most of the color. Then, I restained everything to even out the color and sprayed on a few coats of lacquer, buffing out the final finish with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.

I love giving new life to something old

You can watch the video to see how I restored this table, or read on.

If you've ever thought about refinishing a piece for your own home, or resale, it's a really rewarding process and not that difficult of a project to tackle. Personally, I love giving new life to something old. If you want to see more of what I’m working on, check out the links below.


You can also find me at:

YouTube (all my DIY videos)

Instagram (What I'm working on @greatlakesmakes)

My Mini Factory (Download STL Files)

Facebook (be my friend?)

Instructables (Long format guides)


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