If you have had a pine dining table in the family for a few years, it can start to look somewhat aged. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you have to throw it out. Instead, you can go ahead and refinish it. This process is fairly straightforward. If you have an antique pine dining table, you might want to have it evaluated before you make any changes to it, however. Sometimes refinishing can reduce the value of antiques.
As long as you have all of the right equipment and working area, it won’t take very long to get the job done. As with any project, it is a good idea to finish reading all instructions before you begin. You will want to have a complete understanding of the process and materials before you start. You can use a similar refinishing process on a pine sideboard or server. To get started, you will need sandpaper ranging between sixty and two hundred grit. You will also need a tack cloth, varnish or paint, a large brush that has been thoroughly cleaned and a bunch of rags.
Start by sanding off the old varnish or paint being sure to sand with the grain. If the finish has been worn in quite a bit, you will need to start with sixty-grit sandpaper to regain a smooth surface. If it is already fairly smooth, you can start right off with one hundred-grit. Finish off with two hundred grit sandpaper to get the surface of the table as smooth as possible. If you want the table to look worn and rustic, however, you can stop with one hundred-grit.