I am cursed with the desire to re-finish ugly tables and make them beautiful again. Problem being I seem to fail at the task. I keep trying, though. I am a glutton for punishment.
Jo and Marie can attest to my first failure (which I totally blame on terrible 'gel' stain that seemed like a good idea) I eventually decided to paint it and it turned out to be totally different color than I thought and was really ugly! I was also heavily pregnant at the time and I believe hormones played a large role in my poor decision making abilities ...ha ha...
On to attempt number 2-
I bought this table at an auction for 35 pounds. Nice, big, long, cheap table that we could ALL fit around. It was rough. Really ugly and loads of damage on the top. I however, was up to the challenge. Or so I thought....
All in all it hasn't turned out nearly as badly as my last attempt. I did some research before hand and had some good advice from the man at the farm and garden store in town. No gels this time... wood dye and varnish. The first thing I think is that it is way too orange. Had no idea how much it would darken with the varnish. And it is SOOOO shiny. Seriously, it rivals the sun (though you can't tell so much in the picture) I am not sure what to do with it at this point. How can I make it less shiny? I have 320 grit sand paper, but that is too rough. Could I rub it down with steel wool? Any ideas?
It needs a few more coats of varnish, but since i am thinking of sanding it down and starting again I don't want to bother.
OK - I would appreciate your advice!!