In the Cape Breton culture, like many other cultures, the family table is an essential part of a home. Holiday dinners, kitchen parties, or a cup of tea with sweets, are enjoyed around the table. When I go ‘home,’ I cherish the time spent around the table. We have heart to heart chats, good laughs, work on word puzzles and enjoy a glass or two of wine.
My parents bought a maple dining table wayyyy back in 1978. That was before their bundle of joy and creativity came to be. (Ahem, that’s me!). 😉 The table followed us into our many homes. Many meals eaten, several years of homework, crafts and paintings were created at that table. And a few guitar strings strummed by my brother and cousin. When I moved back to Halifax 11 years ago, the table moved with me. It saw hours upon hours of college homework…and a few house parties. It took a quite a beating in those years!
Maple is a great wood to make good quality furniture with….BUT the colour, eek. The reddish orange hue, not my liking. I had to hold on to the table, since I couldn’t afford a new one nor could I ever part with the memories! So of course, I had to do something with it!
It was so rewarding to refinish the table! It’s one of my favourite projects I’ve worked on. Lots of time spent, but worth it. I sanded down the top to bare wood, which was hard to do with all the divots and scratches. Once sanded and cleaned, I applied wood conditioner on the top. I then applied three coats of walnut wood stain and three coats of polyurethane, lightly sanding between coats. For the base, I painted it in a creamy white (Swiss coffee by BM) and then lightly distressed the legs and apron.
Here’s the untidy, before picture!
(I had a few projects on the go at the same time. A typical diy-er lifestyle!)
I lightly sanded the legs before painting.
Beautiful bare wood! I almost kept it as is and just applied polyurethane, but I went with a dark stain.
The products used:
Minwax wood conditioner, stain in Dark Walnut, and Minwax polyurethane (not pictured).
One coat of wood conditioner….
First coat of stain looked a little blotchy even after the wood conditioner.
But after applying 2 more coats of stain, it looked much better. Here’s the first coat…
After three coats of stain.
Love how I dried my legs?
After applying the polyurethane. Look at that beautiful sheen!
Here she is all finished!
I also painted the chairs (Wedgewood Grey by BM). It’s such a great grey-blue, I’ve used it on a few pieces of furniture.
The dark wood colour with the white base, makes me happy. 🙂
The table may be made in the ’70s, but at least now, it doesn’t look it!
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Until next time,