I recently refinished a table that belonged to my great grandmother. I have had this table for years and was using it in my girl's room, but needed a round table in the living room, so I decided to give it a facelift.
It was coated in something that looked like a plastic/paper veneer. Here is the top after we sanded it with really heavy duty sandpaper on the belt sander.
Lovely wood, but it was all covered by this sticky mess...
You can see it on this part. Not sure what it is and why they would have used it back then. It was hard to get off, but the belt sander worked with a little a lot of elbow grease.
I then used Minwax oil-based dark walnut stain.
I really loved the color but it was not quite as dark as the bottom and the legs.
After a couple days of drying, I coated it with Minwax dark oak polyurethane stain and finish, which made the color perfect.
I still wanted it to look old and have some imperfections. I also cut the legs off about 4 inches so it would be a better height for an end table, and it works really well.
I topped it with my grandfather's old books, and some photos of his mom, who owned the table.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the dark wood, and now it can stand up to three kids, their cars, blocks, toy horses, etc., or a hot cup of tea.
I'm happier knowing that I'm still using something that both my great grandmothers used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! We have been busy getting music ready for different things we have coming up, plus the usual music we do every weekend. I have a bathroom facelift to show as I made a ruffled shower curtain similar to the one in the kitchen. We need to trim out the mirror, and because I always use reclaimed wood, it takes longer getting it straight, etc. At least that's what my husband tells me.
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