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My sticky kitchen table needs TLC

(6 Posts)
LittleEsme Mon 29-Jul-13 07:34:46

About 10 years ago, DH and I splashed out for a reclaimed wood table and 6 chunky chairs to match. I think it's oak.

It is my pride and joy. It's scarred, rustic and hosts my large hungry family. DD's also live around it, doing homework, colouring, crafting, plasticine moulding etc. I do my marking there. It's THE furniture item of our daily life.

I've used kitchen spray to clean and disinfect it but now after years of use, the varnish has disappeared in patches, and the rest feels really tacky and sticky. Paper work literally sticks to it and it's looking terrible. I want it back to it's happy normal self but we have no idea what to do. HELP!

Pascha Mon 29-Jul-13 07:44:08

You need to sand it back completely removing the varnish and start again with a new layer of varnish. It you could oil or wax it instead. Depends what finish you want really.

LittleEsme Mon 29-Jul-13 11:46:56

Thanks loads Pascha - would you
recommend getting a pro in for this?

calendula Mon 29-Jul-13 13:51:09

you don't need a pro. I am doing ours as we speak with a small hand sander. Start with sandpaper grade 100, move up to 180 and finish with 240. I will be oiling with 3 coats of osmo top oil which we have used on our worktops. Gives a hard wearing surface with a slight sheen.

calendula Mon 29-Jul-13 13:56:43

Remember always to sand along the grain of the wood - along the planks and not across. wink

Ruffello Mon 29-Jul-13 14:02:47

The same thing happened to our pine kitchen table. As others have suggested, we used to periodically sand it back to the bare wood using an electric sander, then seal it with a coat of matt varnish, finish off with wax lightly rubbed in with fine wire wool before buffing up with a cloth.

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