Strip & re-stain OR Paint Maple End Tables?

fillagirlSeptember 14, 2013

Hello, I bought these two end tables at a thrift store and want to make them black or near black. The tables are from the 1950s and look like maple, the tops have a bit of a quadrant pattern on them and one has a cigarette burn.

I want them black and wondering if I should strip or re-stain or just paint them? I understand maple does not take stain very well, but have no experience with that.

Looking for recommendations/advice, thank you. My first choice would be stain, if possible, but not sure about those protuding details on the drawer front.
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klem1

Staining takes 5 times the effort of painting and looks twice as good. That is assuming you are experienced with both. If you arn't good at either,it still takes 5 times longer to stain but turns out twice as bad as if you had painted.
Look at it like this. A newbe wants to join your little band that plays for fun at nurseing homes on Fridays. If he has a violin (stain) and a cow bell (paint) but doesn't know how to play either, you want the cow bell. On the other hand if he is very talented with both,the violin gets the nod.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 5:54AM
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HandyMac

Stain does not work on finished wood. Meaning all the finish on those tables has to come off---and since those tables are veneered and have relief surfaces, professional stripping is necessary---and more expensive than the probable value of the tables.

Sand and fill the burn and paint them.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:52AM
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