My love for farmhouse tables continues unabated, but I took a little break from that style this past week or so.
When I showed you the Wide Farmhouse Table I made for my friend Stacy, I mentioned that I had previously refinished another table for her, but it was looking a little worse for the wear after a few years with a family of boys!
My job was to make it beautiful again. What do you think?
Here’s what it looked like when I got it:
And here’s what it looked like after the first re-finish job:
After some good hard family use, there were some real problems:
Not sure why my cell phone photos look a little blue! Anyway, there was chipped paint, naturally. And then the finish on the top of the table went very cloudy in places. I blame an inferior polyurethane I got from Ace Hardware (sorry, Ace), as that is the only time I’ve ever used it, and I hated it even then! I actually still had the same can in my stash…I have now gotten rid of it!
I chose to use CitriStrip to get rid of the old poly, rather than sanding it down. There really was no need to go back to bare wood, as I still liked the original colors underneath.
I did, however, refresh the color with a new coat of stain before putting on the polyurethane. This time I used three coats of Minwax Hand-rubbed Polyurethane in Satin, followed by one coat of paste wax.
The chairs got a light sanding, and then I repainted with oil-based paint this time. It tends to be a little more long-wearing, I think. I recovered the seats in this pretty fabric. You know I’m a sucker for typography!!
I love how the leaves on this table tuck away neatly underneath. Pull them both out, and you have another 30” of table space! Such a great feature.
I adore the legs on this piece…
I am so glad I got to be the one to give this set a THIRD life!
I have to say…it really looked gorgeous in my dining room! It was hard to let it go…again!
What do you think?? Is there room in your life for both rustic farmhouse tables and beautiful antiques? There is in mine!
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