I love having a round table but finding one has been nearly impossible so I jumped at the chance when we found this old 70's dinette online
My penny pinchin self has been searching kijiji for a multitude of items and over the winter I came across this sweet little table
|More of a hexagon which I quite like and that pedestal is so cool, they just don't make them this way anymore|
|and 2 leaves!|
I also adore the 5 chairs that came with the table, they might just be my favorite part but I will save that for another post. For a total of $120 we are the proud new owners of a solid oak table with 5 super cool chairs. This might be one of the largest project Ive attempted,
Here is how it started:
|Be sure to wear a mask as this will prevent you from inhaling nasty dust while sanding. This cute little accessory will also scare your children since its clearly creepy. This will assist in preventing your kids from bugging you while sanding :)|
|Working with what my mama gave me.. (or my mother in law in this case who gave me this cute little sander for Christmas a few years back) I tackled sanding with my Black and Decker Mouse.|
|This is how far I got with the mouse, I think it took almost 2 hours before little mousie died. |
At this point I purchased a small circular hand sander and got the rest of the table sanded in about one hour. I highly recommend having the right tools before you start.
|Make sure your table top is completely sanded and all residue has been wiped away. I also used a damp rag a few times to wipe away excess dust.|
|Time for the stain, this was a hard decision as I really love dark walnut but thought ebony might be kind of cool since we already have a black table and the color works well|
|Once the entire table had been treated and wiped, the stain directions ask that you wait a minimum of 4 hours for it to dry before adding a second coat.|
|The ebony stain was not what we expected....|
|another sanding was in order, this time using 60 grit paper rather than 120 and this cut sanding time almost in half!|
|the new sander also helped timing|
|The grain remained dark from the ebony stain even after sanding|
|This time I applied Dark Walnut Stain by Minwax and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off|
|results after 1st coat of dark walnut|
|After 2nd coat|
DO NOT DO THIS. EVER.
The sanding removed the poly and part of the stain.. just when I thought the finish line was near I had to sand the entire table again and start over. Perhaps Ive started over one too many times as the table is rejecting stain in some areas, luckily I wanted a distressed look for the base so a matching top it will be.
After a trip to Home Depot they suggested that I skip sanding between coats of poly but if I felt it necessary I should use 400 grit paper very lightly.. I'm starting to HATE this table
Off I go to apply another coat of polyurethane.. wish me luck!