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Strip & re-stain OR Paint Maple End Tables?

Posted by fillagirl (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 14, 13 at 22:47

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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End Table Quadrant photo EndTablequadranttop_zpsbed2aa95.jpg
End Table Cig Burn photo EndTablecigburn_zps1002c47f.jpg


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RE: Strip & re-stain OR Paint Maple End Tables?

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.


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RE: Strip & re-stain OR Paint Maple End Tables?

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.


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