Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How-To: Stain a Table

My client was given a picnic table and two bench seats that were badly in need of some TLC. Years of exposure to the elements combined with layers of old polyurethane left this beautiful wooden table looking weathered and distressed (and not the Restoration Hardware-type of distressed).
I sanded the table using a heavy-duty belt sander (kicks up a lot of dust and makes a ton of noise, but it's so helpful when you have a large surface area to sand). I then used a smaller sander to get in between the slats of wood and to sand the legs.
I then applied two coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Colonial Maple using a foam brush. I let it dry between coats, and I love the look of the finished product. The color and finish is uneven, but the way the natural tones and shades of the wood pieces appears is so cool. I'm loving how it looks rustic and natural.

My client plans to drill a hole in the middle to insert an umbrella so that he and his guests can enjoy meals on his outdoor deck while being protected from the heat of the sun.

I'm so pleased with the way it turned out! It was such an inexpensive project with amazing results!

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