We also have the added challenge of just moving into the house and not having enough furniture for it. We have spent the last three weekends on a whirlwind shopping spree...well, not really shopping spree, but an all out search to find
If you want to know how to, eventually, refinish a table, I have put the steps below. My helpful hint for today: make sure the top is as smooth as you want it BEFORE staining and polying it, or you will have to do it ALL over again.
Start with a nice table, that looks just slightly outdated:
Sand the ENTIRE thing down.
(Make sure that it is as smooth as you would like it THE FIRST TIME.)
Pick out the stain that you would like.
We were originally going to do the base in an espresso stain to match our island cabinets and have the top lighter. But, once we started putting the lighter stain on the top,
Helpful hint: If you aren't sure which stain you like, find some scrap pieces of the same wood (or even use the underside of the table if it is all you have) and test out the different stain colors. This way you can make sure that you like the color BEFORE putting it on the whole table.
|Extra points if you do it in your pj's!|
Wait for it to dry (the can says 4-6 hours) and then apply another coat (if you want it to be darker).
Wait for it to dry... again.
Then apply a coat of poly. We chose the satin finish.
Expect to wait a little longer because you will have some more drying time...
Use steel wool to lightly sand the top to get rid of the annoying little air bubbles from the poly.
Then apply another coat of poly. We only did two coats of poly because I an a VERY impatient person and we had already gone through the whole procedure twice. I just couldn't wait anymore.
And, after 24 hours of final drying time, VOILA:
Dining table fit for Thanksgiving... well, almost.