Dining Table Re-Makeover
I thought I was going to just sand it down and put on a new stain. Well, I started sanding with 100 grit sandpaper. I quickly realized I would be sanding for days before I got anywhere. I was thinking the table was so old and the finish was already peeling off, that the sanding would take it right off. I was wrong, so wrong. I decided to try Citristrip. I put a thick coat on and let it sit for an hour and a half. I came back to scrape it off and the table was still really cherry looking. It was not taking off all the stain. I did another coat of Citristrip and that still did not take it all off. I was in my Mother-in-Law’s shed. I looked around and found some very old paint stripper. It was almost gone but I got what I could on a small section of the table. Sure enough, I could finally start to see some raw wood. WOO HOO! I went to the store and grabbed another can of Klean Strip Premium Stripper and put on a thick coat. I scrapped it off to find the raw wood. I then took 150 grit sandpaper and gave it a good sanding. I was little sad to realize that the raw wood still had a lot of red in it. I wiped it all down with Mineral Spirits and let that dry. I then put on my wood conditioner and let that dry.
This is the small spot I started sanding. Don’t mind my makeshift stand from some old 80’s end table bases I found in the shed.
Now for the finished product all sealed in with my paste wax. I haven’t decorated or decided what I want to put in the middle of the table yet. I could not get a good full shot of the table either. Our house is a big construction site/ moving site right now. We have a lot of projects going on over here and have not even finished unpacking yet. There is brown paper down all over the floors, so this is the best I could do. I will share more pictures as soon as some of our projects are done.