Hi everyone! Monica Chavez here with a super simple furniture refinishing project.
I have a collection of vintage and antique sewing machines with tables accumulating in my furniture hoard pile. It was time we brought one in for a refresh.
We decided to give new life to a tall and narrow sewing table using Varathane Premium interior wood stain from The Home Depot.
This sewing table in particular was found at an estate sale for $5! FIVE DOLLARS.
This piece needed lots of attention as it had been well loved in its prime. I also wanted to take the opportunity to make it more my style. Varathane Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain in Ebony was going to be exactly what I needed to get it there.
We gathered our supplies which included the Varathane wood stain, Varathane Water Based Interior Polyurethane in clear satin, orbital sander and sanding discs of various grits, a foam brush, lint free cloth, drop cloth, and drill to disassemble the sewing table.
Prepping For Stain
We removed the top table pieces and hinges in order to sand/stain the pieces properly.
Prepping the surface for the new stain was going to first require removing the weathered old layer of stain with an orbital sander.
Using various grits of sanding discs in succession from coarse to super fine will give us a clean and smooth finish on the wood.
We always sand in the direction of the wood grain.
Every part of the sewing table received the same treatment to remove the old stain.
Once we were done sanding all of the pieces down, we vacuumed up any dust and wiped everything down with a lint free cloth.
Applying Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain
We allowed the stain to penetrate for 2-3 minutes, wiping with a lint-free cloth to remove the excess stain.
The longer you let the stain sit before wiping off, the darker the color. I mean, just look at that beautiful wood grain.
Applying Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane
We let the wood stain dry for 1 hour before grabbing the water based top coat. The Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane was going to give us the protective finish a side table requires. At the same time letting the beautiful Ebony wood stain shine thru the crystal clear layer.
With a clean foam brush we applied the stirred polyurethane along the direction of the wood grain in one smooth even coat.
This coat dried to the touch in 2 hours and gave us an abrasion and scratch resistant surface. After 48 hours the pieces were cured and ready to be reassembled.
Before and After
My only regret is not having done this project sooner! This table quietly stores a vintage sewing machine but has new purpose as the perfect side table.
So if you too have a hoard pile of furniture calling your name, grab yourself some Varathane Premium wood stain in a shade that fits your style!