I've been on quite a DIY kick lately...
(thanks to all the garage sale finds
we've recently accumulated!)
My latest project was refinishing a dining table....
which is something I've never done.
We found it in Tucson at a thrift store
back in March for $50.
I knew we had to get it because:
1. It was solid wood!
2. Any damage on it was fixable!
3. The legs... oh the LEGS! :P
Sadly, I don't have an assembled "Before" photo...
We had to take apart the table to fit it in my car,
and reassembling it just to disassemble it yet again,
well, that's a lot of work! :P
I love the dark table
I already have some chairs
that I recently painted a pale teal!
Here we go.
My steps to fixing up this bad boy?
1. Clean it up.
There was dried wax,
and mystery goo...
(Meaning wood glue & clamps!)
Some of the edging on the table
had come apart and needed a little love.
3. Strip the wood!
The table had layers and layers of old finish and stain.
I tried sanding it for a bit...
but resorted to using "Citristrip."
(It's magic I tell you!)
4. More cleaning & Sanding
5. Condition the wood
This allows for even staining :)
6. Stain & Wait!
7. Seal it!
I applied 2 coats of Polyurethane
to seal and protect it,
letting it dry (and sanding) between coats.
|Dry and Ready to Assemble!|
|Some fun grain detail!|
One last refresher...
All in all,
this was a tedious process.
BUT, I enjoyed it.
I love how the Dark Walnut stain
gives the wood depth and warmth
while maintaining the dark color I was going for.
The worst part of this project
was all the waiting.
(LOTS of dry time.)
But, it's necessary!
Well, thanks for reading!
My next projects include:
2 more dining chairs
2 end tables
1 mini secretary desk