I found it in our storage shed last September: a dining table of solid oak. It has been in our family for as long as I can remember.
It served as our dining table when we lived in Anchorage, Alaska; it was where we had our family meals, our birthday celebrations, and our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It was there for our hurried breakfasts before school, our messy lunches on Saturdays and our raucous Sunday dinners. It’s overheard countless family discussions and has made guest appearances in numerous family photographs. It’s such an amazing dining table with so many wonderful memories!
But it looked like crap.
Shortly after unearthing the beast in October, Kim and I started dating seriously. I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could refinish the old dining table as a wedding gift.
“How hard could it be?” I asked myself. “Just sand the thing down and paint over it, right?”
Those are the thoughts of idiots.
Below are some step-by-step photographs of how I refinished the old oak dining table.
After sanding for several hour straight. It’s hard to tell in this
picture, but I’m covered in a thick layer of sawdust.
But you CAN tell that I look awesome!
Cleaning off the table with a rag mineral spirits.
Applying the first coat of stain. This part gave me chills! Originally, I had
planned on doing a very light stain (“American Colonial”) but while I
was at the hardware store, I kept coming back to “Red Oak.” In the end,
it was an impulse buy…but one I’m glad I made! It’s beautiful!!
Apply three coats of stain, and then three coats of the high-gloss finish!
This was my favorite part!!
The completely finished dining table (with leaves) at Kim’s
house. We used it during the reception and put the wedding
gifts on it.
The finished table. It’s like my first born-child or something.
And there you have it. A step-by-step photographic journey of me refinishing the dining table for Kim. I loved her reaction when I showed it to her for the first time……it made it worth the work.
Post Script: Ever since finishing the table, I’ve been looking at other pieces of furniture and wondering if I could refinish them…it’s become a hobby that I quite enjoy (provided Citristrip is not involved).