Re-finishing a mid-century modern Danish Teak Table

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Forum topic by roulette posted 09-11-2016 04:39 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2016 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mid-century modern danish teak


Me and my Mrs are trying to refinish a mid-century modern danish teak table that is a bit worn, to a lighter shade to fit our new house. Due to the tree cover, we don’t get a lot of light in the house, so we are trying to keep our furnishings in lighter shade. We have a several questions and would love to hear your thoughts!

The wood is believed to be teak, as many danish furnitures were back in the 60s and 70s. To begin with the table had a slight cherry glow to it, we would like to bring down the red to make it lighter and match with our new eames mid-century dining chair (white seats).


Target – Reference image (we’d like to get as close as possible to this reference)

Sanded down (current state)

Table woodgrains

- Is our goal a reasonable one? Can teak be stained to look like our reference table?
- How can we refinish to a lighter stain (more yellows/brown) without loosing the teak wood features (long straight grains)? We also want to avoid a glossy finish, matte or natural wood finish would be preferable. What products should we use?
- So far we’ve sanded down to 220, should we go further down?
- After sanding, in some sections the table appears a bit more worn (See last 2 pictures). Should we do anything address this?
- The 2 leaves and legs appear to be slightly lighter, I assume the same product can also be applied to them?

Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 12:37 AM

1) You mentioned making the teak table match both the chairs and table, but the table and chairs in the picture do not match each other. So what is you are trying to match?

2) You can’t stain wood lighter, to my knowledge. You could bleach it and then stain. I think what you are trying to do is advanced finishing and will be challenging.
3) Matte finish is easy, just finish with waterbase polyurethane (because it’s neutral color) and then buff with 0000 steel wood and wax.
4) 220 is far enough.
5) Not sure about the worn look
6) Not sure they are both the same wood but I am only passingly familiar with teak. If they are different colors you will probably need different finishing schedules.

-- Rick M,

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