Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Table tips??


We have an old, gnawed on puppies... story holding kidlets

farm table

but it is a light pine color...


I would like it to be a bit darker

table insp finish


How would YOU do that?

sand and stain?

sand and wax?

no sand?

Help a gal out



Deborah said...

I have no idea, but I like YOUR idea! Funny, my dining room chairs have gnaw marks on them too!!!
Fur babies! **happy smiles** Deb

Jane said...

Love the table!!! I have used tung oil to darken and protect wood. To picture this, look at This End Up furniture (my boys had these bunk beds and dressers growing up). All this furniture is made from pine.

Hope this helps..

ps I just finished stripping and refiguring a coffee table...lots of kid/pup memories on it, too. Don't you just love pieces like this!

La Maison Fou said...


If you have a top coat of wax or sealer a light sanding will do the trick. I would suggest staining, lighter first, you can always go darker, just not lighter. Maybe a middle of the row stain, I always let dry the reapply to get a rich looking color.

When you have achieved the right color, then you can seal. Two options:

Wax; is a wonderful way to seal it gives a matte and rich handrubber look.

Polyurethane is good for kids, and more wear and tear, I woul;d suggest a satin ( the lowest luster sheen ) unless you want gloss.

Good luck,


Real Kimsy said...

Well... I remember when I was really young visiting my cousins that my uncle was in the garage "whipping" old wood with actual big chains! To Distress the wood!

Have a ball!

Unknown said...

What a great table! I wouldn't sand it....that would take some of the character marks out. Try some gel stain or perhaps a dark wax. :)

Vix said...

Oooh, a fresh project. God forbid you rest for a moment, woman!

I would do a light sand if you want to amp up the patina, a heavier one if you want a cleaner slate.

I refinished my DR table and half a buffet with Danish oil and it gives a lovely, low key, RENEWABLE sheen (used tung on the buffet drawers). Looking at your inspiration pics, I'm thinking tung might give you too much of a golden sheen.

With Danish oil, the more layers you wipe on the darker the shade and the greater the depth, so you'd have a lot of control. You could mix two colors, or alternate shades if you wanted.

ps I polish with lavender wax--my only Martha moment, ha!

Melissa said...

I bet you'll just have to experiment. I've found that just putting oil on older wood will make it darker. Maybe you can find a spot on the under side of it where you can experiment. But I agree with one of the other comments and probably wouldn't sand it except for with a very fine sandpaper, just to remove some crud but not the character of it. :)
Unrelated topic: my knitter refresher course will be next month. If you can use any hats/blankets for your program I'd be happy to send you some!

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

La Maison Fou has got it exactly right up there. One more hint, by the stain one or two shades lighter than you want. Becareful of red tints in the darker stains. My light pine chair ended up a gothic burgundy.

Black Zebra said...

Sand and wax babe, it looks more natural I think.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Ok! Some great advice. I definately want the patina...but, see that really light spot? (no clue what or where it came from)I want that gone...but dunno if I want to sand the whole thing that much.

I HAVE used tung oil on other projects (with great results) I haven't heard of Danish oil? Interesting.

Thanks all...I have sooo many projects swirling around in my brain...and just finishing up the funky laundry room...with a new red door.

Fargerike Dagny said...

wax? I have no idea... Good luck though!!

Gwen Driscoll said...

I'm no professional but I think it may need to be stripped, sanded, stained and waxed.

Have you tried waxing it with a deep chocolate wax, many, many times? I don't know if that would work but it might. Then you might not have to get into a huge project.

Also, check out She is a friend of mine and a fabulous faux painter/stainer/miracle worker. She might have some posts that could help.

Good Luck!

Gwen Driscoll
Ragland Hill Social

kj said...

since you've already gotten the advice and information you need, may i just say that those alliums are to die for?! WOWIE!

somepinkflowers said...

i would dream about it
being done.
see if i REALLY liked it darker...
for maybe i would not.



i would stain it
a bit darker with a slight touch
wait a few days
to see
then keep going slowly
so as not to over~step my dreams...

Visual Vamp said...

More dirt, more puppy gnawing, more dinner parties and good times, more wear and tear will add more rich patina.
Your table is perfect.
But I heard of this stuff called Gel Stain.
xo xo

Farmgirl Paints said...

Not my area of expertise...sorry girl. Missed you this week. I'm sure it will be lovely.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I was going to suggest a light sand and tung oil. I've used that on some really beat up...uuummmmerrr...primitive pieces and it looks great. I'd love to know more about Danish oil.

We have several chairs etc, with Molly tooth marks. Adds to the character....that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

rjerdee said...

I should know more, given my occupation, but I don't have a surefire answer. I'm waiting to see the new laundry room, girl!

Simple Daisy said...

I don't know...but I say sand and wax:)
We have a coffee table in our living room that sort of looks like that! It was an old farmhouse table and we cut the legs off to make it a coffee table!
Good luck:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would probably want to sand and stain. Can't wait to see what you decide! It is a lovely table!

Joyce said...

I have never done either, but I can bet whatever you decide will be beautiful!! xo

cotedetexas said...

I would have a professional restain it. but that's me. I'm all thumbs and can even sew a girl scout badge on - ben used to that.

Renée Finberg said...

i don't know if anyone has mentioned BRI-WAX yet, but that is what you need.
it comes in 2 or 3 shades.
here is a link to where you can buy it.

you will not have to do anything except smear it on and wait a few days, until the wax is soaked into the wood.
it is the best stuff ever.
check it out.
xxx love

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

I love your chairs! And I have no idea how to make the table darker, sorry. But I love your chairs :) xo

Eloise said...

No ideas on how to refinish your table, but I love how you have it set in that first picture! The white runner, the pretty candles, the lovely pink ribbon - you're giving me some inspiration for my Valentine's luncheon!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Great table! I probably wouldn't stain it..., concerned that it could stain irregularly and look weird. Regarding the light spot, you probably would have to sand that down. I would go with an oil treatment.

anita said...

all three

sand, stain, wax

then i'd top it with a bright lime bowl filled with your gorgeous yard tropicals ~ perfect

Vix said...

Ms L...leaving risque Danish oil-related comments on my blog, eh?

Despite that I will share the very non-exotic source of the exotic-sounding product: your local hardware store. Or big box. Because it's made by Watco via Rustoleum.

My lavender beeswax is from British Columbia, though!

prashant said...

All this furniture is made from pine.

Work from home India


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