Rather than buying new furniture, get it raw and finish it yourself. It only took a couple of hours to give this table an antique-style finish.
Step 1: Prepare the Table
Step 2: Apply the Stain
Step 3: Wipe Off the Stain
Step 4: Apply a Clear Coat
Step 5: Apply the Second Coat
Fill any exposed nail holes with putty. Lightly sand with 280-grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain. Wipe sawdust from the surface with mineral spirits (if using an oil-based finish) or denatured alcohol (for a water-based finish).
Stir the stain well then apply to a section with a brush, using flowing strokes to cover the length of the piece, ensuring an even application.
Wait for about five minutes, then wipe the stain away using a lint-free rag in a circular motion. Repeat the application and wipe-off process for other sections of the table, ensuring consistent color. Leave it to dry for eight hours.
Wipe the table then brush on a clear polyurethane coat (in gloss, satin or low-sheen finish) with long strokes. Don't over-brush when applying finish and clean up drips or run marks. Leave it to dry for eight hours.
Lightly sand with 320-grit sandpaper and apply a second coat of clear polyurethane for greater luster. Leave it to dry for six hours.
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