Stripping an Antique Oak Pedestal Table
How to strip a antique table
This is the table I ate at as a child. It has been in storage for 20 years. I decided to bring it home and strip the top and sides because they had aged differently from the base. It is almost 100 years old.
Supplies: Old Brush, Stripping Gel, Plastic Wrap, Scrapper, not pictured
I coated the table with stripper and covered it with plastic wrap to keep the stripper moist. I allowed the stripper to sit per the directions on the bottle. The plastic wrap was my idea to help aid in stripping the old varnish and stain.
The stripper worked beautifully. It did require two applications to remove all the old varnish. I was thrilled because this only took and hour. I wiped the table with Mineral Spirits and steel wool, after stripping, to remove any left over material.
I added wood filler in the groves before staining. I didn't want to remove the old marks, but just keep debris from the cracks.
The top and sides were a challenge to stain to match the base. More about that is on my blog in the link provided. I'm thrilled to have this table home again! Thanks for stopping by!