I’ve been working on this beast for weeks!!!
This oak table was probably the most challenging, and rewarding piece I have ever done. Â It took me many, many attempts to get it right, but when I finally did, it was worth all the elbow grease. Â This beast is a beauty and I am so proud of it!!
For the top of the table, I sanded the wood down with my orbital sander using 80 and 120 grit sandpaper. Â It worked, and got all the honey colour out, but unfortuantely, the orbital sander left little swirl marks in the wood. Â So, I resanded the table (for 3 hours) using just 220 grit paper. Â This worked again, but when I put my stain on, I got mega streaks. Â I think the wood was actually too smooth, and was just not happy about being stained. Â So, back to square one. Â But this time, I treated myself to a brand new sander. Â A Dewalt 1/4 sheet sander that was just right. Â I sanded the beast down one more time with 150 grit, and then 220 grit, and gave her a thin coat of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood ConditionerÂ … this prevented all the nasty streaks I had previous. Â Then, 2 coats of stain in MinwaxÂ Jacobean Â and finished her off withÂ 3 coats of Minwax Polyurethane in a Satin finish. Â The end result was gorgeous.
To tackle the bottom, I did 3 coats of Annie Sloan Old White, gave it a light distress, and a thick coat of wax. Â The kids and I also made a trip toÂ The Painted BenchÂ in Oakville to pick out a special knob for the little secret drawer. Â I was thinking of getting a pretty mercury glass, or painted ceramic knob, but Grace spotted the birdie, and I couldn’t resist!!!
This was the last piece I had to finish to complete a entire dining room. Â I’m looking forward to seeing all the pieces together. Â Will post pics of everything soon!