If you have a dining room table that has intricate detailing to it, but needs a little fixing up to make it look as great as it possibly can, consider giving it an updated look by refinishing it. Refinishing wooden tables is not as difficult as it may seem. The following guide walks you through the process of giving your old dining room table new life.

Sand the Wood

Use sandpaper, preferably 80-grit, to sand every inch of the table. You want to be sure that you sand the legs, the edges, and the top of the table lightly. This ensures that the entire table has a smooth surface.

Stain or Paint the Table

Next, you need to choose if you want to stain or paint the wood. If the wood was painted to begin with, you will more than likely want to repaint it, since the process of removing paint is a bit of a hassle. To paint it, simply get a can of spray paint and paint the entire table whatever color you choose. If the table has not been painted, you can stain it to give it a rich, deep look. Apply the stain with a paintbrush and be sure to apply it is thin, even coats so that it has a uniformed look when you are done. Allow the paint or stain to dry overnight before you continue.

Add Gold Leafing

Gold leafing can be used in the intricate designs of the table to make it pop even more. You can buy a gold leafing kit at any arts and crafts store to use for this project. The kit will include a bottle of gilding primer, a bottle of gilding sizer, a paintbrush, and gold leaf paper. First, apply the gilding primer to all of the intricate details of the table with the brush. Allow the primer to dry for a few hours and then apply the sizer to the details. The sizer acts as the glue that will hold the gold leafing to the wood. Take one piece of gold leafing and use your fingers to press it into the intricate detailing. Be sure that it is as flush as it can be. Carefully peel back the leafing and the details should now be gold. Repeat the process with the rest of the details of the table.

Once you are finished, allow the sizer to dry for a few hours and then apply a coat of gel polyurethane to the entire table to protect it and keep it looking great. The polyurethane will allow the table to stand up against water spots and wear and tear that can be caused from regular use.