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Paint a Table Dilemma - Opinions Appreciated

Farquist's picture

I have a 60 year old drop leaf mahogany table and 4 chairs. Inherited from my parents who smoked all their lives. When they died, my brother took it to his musty house. Now I have it. The weather has turned humid and this thing stinks! I've tried cleaning it with Murphy's Oil Soap. Nope, still stinks. I want to paint, refinish or sell it. Can you help with suggestions?

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gmcauley's picture

Hello Farquist,

I would try refinishing it before you decide to sell it (since it's a family gem). Here are some tips on refinishing old wood:

Good luck!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

Farquist's picture

Thanks for the detailed information. I'm going to try the mineral spirits first and see where that takes me.

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