How to Restore a Table Set

Love to turn something old into something new again? Try your hand at restoring a table set.

They'll give any room a quirky, retro feel, that's guaranteed to be a talking point with your guests! Tara Dennis shows us how to turn the old table set into something fresh.

Retro renegade

Tara takes a trip to the Salvos to restore a nest of tables for less than $120 - the cost equivalent of three solid pieces of furniture at $55 each! How does she do it?

Seeing the potential in restoring second hand pieces can be a bit of a challenge. The top tip is to look beyond the dust and search for a piece that has good shape, is well made and sturdy, worthy of love and attention and overall, a piece that has the ability to be transformed into something completely modern and eye catching. 

Bring back the love

This suite of tables had great bones and a beautiful blonde grain that were discovered after we peeled back the layers! Grab the sand blaster and take each table back to bare timber. 

Shine and sheer with veneer

Re-stain the legs and inside surfaces with Feast Watson Japan Black Proof tint Stain- this product creates a warm black on furniture and bare floor boards that’s completely on trend at the moment.

On your marq-etry

Cut triangle templates in sizes to suit each table. Warning - it’s super fiddly, requires much patience to make sure each piece is cut accurately and a very sharp blade to trim each triangle. 

Sticky business

Work one side at a time to establish a colour sequence for each triangle and carefully glue down using PVA woodworking glue. To prevent the corners from curling and lifting while drying, place flat boards on the top and weigh down with dumb bells overnight. Once they’re dry, carefully trim the edges using a blade, and touch up with extra stain to sharpen the look. For a super durable finish, apply three coasts of Intergrain Ultraclear Satin Varnish.

Tara Dennis has been appointed as ambassador for Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne (1- 5 August, 2015). 

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