How do I make "new" the bedroom side table .
Do I just retouch it up with some paint/varnish available from Bunnings. ?
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These videos and step-by-step guides are a great place to start:
Depending on the look you're going for, our resident D.I.Y. expert @MitchellMc will be able to suggest the best paint or varnish for your side table when he's back on the site on Friday.
Keep us updated on your progress.
You could try to re-touch the damaged areas, but to get an even appearance, you'll likely need to sand the entire top and re-coat it. I'd suggest that 120 grit sandpaper and a sanding block will make relatively quick work of the sanding process. If you had an electric sander, that would be even better. Once you have sanded your top back to bare timber, you can coat it with interior stain and varnish. You'll need to do a test section to ensure the colour matches the base of the unit. You could always attempt to retouch the top first and if you are not satisfied with the results, complete the full sanding process.
If you are looking for a weekend project, you might like to sand the entire table. That way, you can choose any colour and finish you would like on it as the whole unit will be uniform.
Please let me know if you need further assistance or have questions.