How to Remove Paint, Scuffs and Scratches from Wood Furniture

Jan 03 2021
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How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture – fixing a whoopsie on our table… Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this beautiful table that her parents (my grandparents) built for her. She had stumbled upon the base, or someone had it given to her… or something that memory does not serve anymore and her parents built the top for it. Its gorgeous. I’ve always loved it. We generally only use the table for actual dining when we have company over. After that this table is our SERIOUS anything goes zone.

(Teaming up in our DIY Blog Hop this month with table projects! If you’re a blogger interested in joining us click here for more info!)

Before Lodi came into my life this table was used for one thing for me: TOOLS.

Yep, I know, it seems ridiculous, but the dining room table ended up project central for me. I wouldn’t put a tool away in the workshop if I was going to need it again soon so it would end up here. (Yes that also includes paint which is how the worst of my problems here happened…)

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At its worst this poor table ended up totally covered for months at a time.

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture

Since then, with Lodi in my life and also multiple changes made to the house, the table is no longer taking my abuse anymore! (Mostly Lodi just can’t stand it so, if he knows where something belongs, he puts it away sometimes before I’m even done using it. This house has NEVER been so clean!)

We use our table now mostly for laundry folding, gift wrapping and as a landing zone when we bring anything into the home. It works. Its great.

Unfortunately, it still bares the scars of my past abuse…

Before I bought this home back in 2013 I set out with all of my heirloom furniture to refinish. Because my Mom took very good care of it this table was the least of my problems and took very little time. One light sanding over everything, a new coat of stain and several coats of poly acrylic was all it needed.

Since then though (yes its entirely my fault) its been paint marked and pretty beat up.

I grabbed some fine grit sand paper, polyacrylic and dark walnut stain.

I knew I would be doing at least a little “refinishing” what I was trying to avoid was having to sand down the entire table top and totally refinish the whole thing!

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture

It took some work but, eventually, with some very careful scrubbing, sanding and scraping, I got all the white paint off! I then did a light hand sand with fine grit sand paper over the entire surface and cleaned it thoroughly with vinegar and water.

I got lucky that the old clear coat was still in good enough shape that the paint only adhered to it so I didn’t have to go very deep into the stained wood surface.

Dark Walnut by Minwax is always my go-to stain.

I rubbed a light coat of stain into the entire top and gave it a few minutes before thoroughly buffing it all off with a rag. I let it dry a good hour after that.

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture

Over the course of a couple of days I applied three coats of a semi gloss poly acrylic also by Minwax.

I am so glad it turned out just as lovely as the first time I refinished this old table. I learned my lesson and our beautiful table now sports a table cloth to protect it most of the time!

It really depends on the situation but to remove paint from wood furniture (and scuffs, dings etc.) can sometimes just take some patience and not require an entire refinishing.

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table



Hi guys! Chas and I are teaming up the first Sunday of every month for our DIY blog hop. Feel free to join us by linking up or you can also share it!

This Month’s DIY Blop Hop: TABLE PROJECTS! (Click here for our upcoming themes and more info on how to join us every month!)



Chas from Chas' Crazy Creations โ€“ Beautiful DIY Side Table Makeover For Your HomeChas from Chas’ Crazy Creations โ€“ Beautiful DIY Side Table Makeover For Your Home



Kristin from White Arrows Home - Creative End Table IdeasKristin from White Arrows Home – Creative End Table Ideas



Andrea from Design Morsels - How to Refinish a Wood Table Without StrippingAndrea from Design Morsels – How to Refinish a Wood Table Without Stripping



Mary from Life at Bella Terra - Restoration of an Antique TableMary from Life at Bella Terra – Restoration of an Antique Table



Kippi from Kippi at home - Simple Ways to Update FurnitureKippi from Kippi at home – Simple Ways to Update Furniture



Niky from The House on Silverado - Winter Tiered Tray and Entryway TableNiky from The House on Silverado – Winter Entryway Table



Kim from Shiplap and Shells - A Simple and Easy Way to Upscale a Garage Sale TableKim from Shiplap and Shells – A Simple and Easy Way to Upscale a Garage Sale Table


Comments

  1. January 3, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Looks amazing Tarah, and I really needed these tips too. Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Chas, great hopping with you too!

  2. January 3, 2021 at 8:53 am

    You are so lucky that you have been blessed with a gorgeous heirloom table with a handmade tabletop. Your restoration efforts were totally worth it. It turned out perfect!!!
    Happy New Year,
    Kippi

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thank you SO much Kippi, great hopping with you!

  3. January 3, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Wow, that’s a beautiful table with some fabulous family history. I’m glad you were able to revive it. The top is so shiny, and I love all the wood grain!

    Glad to hop with you again!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much Niky, hope you had a great new year!

  4. January 3, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    You are motivating me to work on a table of mine that has been completely abused. I’m so excited to work on it now. Your table looks beautiful. Thanks for the tips. So fun to be hopping with you and the other ladies.

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Its great hopping with you Kim and amazing with a little TLC and just a few minutes can do to a piece of furniture!

  5. Maggie Staib
    January 3, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    The table is beautiful Tarah! You did a terrific job! Some day I hope I’ll be able to refinish furniture as well as you do. Happy New Year!

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Thank you so much Maggie, hope you had a wonderful new year!

  6. Patty
    January 4, 2021 at 9:51 am

    That looks gorgeous! I wish my husband would put things away, lol, Lodi is a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚ For just scuffs or small scratches on a wood finish (not paint), I swear by Howard’s Restor-a-finish. It kind of blends away the scratches, and seems to ‘melt’ the finish together (the stain and the top coat) so you never knew it was there. Happy New Year!!

    • January 4, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Thank you Patty! Yep, honestly, our two different kinds of OCD really keeps this house clean lol – he’s always putting things away and I’m always making sure that everything has a place!

  7. January 4, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    The table looks great! I’m glad you were able to remove the paint spots easily. Family pieces like that are so special to have in the house. I literally just hung a large vintage mirror that hung in my grandmother’s house above my mantel today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing your process with the table!

    • January 5, 2021 at 9:37 am

      That’s wonderful Amy, isn’t it amazing to be able to use and hold on to pieces that come from so far in out pasts? Thanks for coming by!

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