How to Refurbish Your Oak Dining Suite

How to Refurbish Your Oak Dining Suite

Oak is such a lovely and homely wood, appreciated by many for its rich grain and timeless beauty. Refurbishing oak furniture can breathe new life into it, making it look as good as new. In this blog post, we'll share some step-by-step instructions on how to revamp your oak dining suite. 

1. Assess the condition before you begin. Take a close look and note any imperfections, such as heat and water marks on the table. Understanding the current condition will help you determine the extent of the refurbishment needed.

2. If your oak table has unsightly heat and water marks, it's time to restore its natural beauty.

For white water stains place a clean, soft cloth over the stain. Use a clothes iron set to a low heat setting, and gently iron the cloth for a few seconds. Lift the cloth and check the stain's progress. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. Be careful not to overheat or leave the iron on the cloth too long.

If stains persist, gently sand the affected areas with fine-grit sandpaper, working in the direction of the wood grain. Be patient and careful to avoid over-sanding. Stop when the marks are no longer visible and the wood's natural grain starts to shine through. Wipe down the surface to remove any dust or debris.

3. To achieve that warm and delicious vintage oak look, we recommend using Voodoo Molly Vintage Stain. The "Kauri" shade will give you a lighter oak finish, while "Mahogany" will create a deeper, richer color. Follow the product instructions for the best results. There are 5 shades in the Vintage Stain range.

4. Varnish the suite with Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat in Semi-Gloss. Apply two coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. This will not only protect the wood but also enhance the sheen of your vintage look. Ensure you work quickly, but carefully. Be sure to maintain a "wet edge" as you work, and avoid over-brushing partially dried varnish.

5. If you wish to change the upholstery, carefully remove the existing fabric and replace it with a fabric of your choice. Consider patterns and colors that complement the vintage oak look. Shop for upholstery supplies including tacks, stuffings and foam at Mollies Make & Create.

Refurbishing your oak dining suite is a rewarding project that can bring out the natural beauty of this timeless wood. By following these step-by-step instructions and using the suggested products, you can achieve a vintage look that's warm, inviting, and utterly charming. 

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