I finally did it - I FINALLY refinished this old, oak table. As you can see, it had a ton of water stains that needed to go away. It’s also an easy project if you have a power sander. Just buff the table surface down to the raw wood and polyurethane it. Speaking of power sanders … I think this could be one of the most brilliant inventions ever. They’re fairly cheap and you can even get a decent used one at a local garage sale. I actually inherited mine, (SCORE), because every daughter should inherit their family’s power sander. Anyhoo, time for the pics …
Do you see the lovely water stains?
TA DAAA! My breakfast nook has a very narrow space, so I eliminated the side leaves on the table. My mom lectured me about this, (“You’ll need that extra space someday when you have kids!”), but what’s done is done. I like the table without the leaves because then I can put seating on either side including this bench I refinished. Same method - buff away at it for a few minutes with a power sander and then polyurethane it. I skipped staining both pieces because I liked the color of the natural wood. Also, by painting the legs of the table, I saved a bunch of time as opposed to having it all the same wood color. I think painting the legs adds interest as well.
Here’s a close-up so you can see the wood grain.
Above shows without the bench and the polyurethane.
And of course my cat Atom does not appreciate it when I’m not focusing all my attention on him, so he had to get in on a shot.
CELEBRATORY WINE: Ardeche Chardonnay, $12. This is a French chardonnay, so it packs a different taste than the oak-buttery flavor most people are familiar with from California chards. It’s very dry with a full body and a hint of vanilla. This is a great wine to give to someone who prefers chardonnay - it opens up the possibilities of what a chardonnay can taste like. Just like the table - refinishing it made it into something completely unexpected … no leaves and all.