Well, it has been a while since I showed you my dilemma with the sea of wood in the dining room...
(as you might remember: I liked each stain individually, but not as a group)
I enjoyed reading each and every bit of advice that you gave me and took my sweet time deciding which pieces would stay as-is, which I would paint, and which I would stain. Finally, I came up with a plan:
And this past weekend, while Nate was doing a little garden boxing,
I was having a little power tool action of my own:
Actually, at the exact moment he was using the circular saw, I was
doing a little stripping stripping the finish off of the table.
Because the stripper wasn't a magic fix-all, I still had a lot of sanding to do!
I mean, A LOT of sanding! Okay, so Kate mentioned in every one of her refinishing posts that there was a lot of sanding involved... but wow!
Honestly, I didn't realize how much work would go into restaining the table, but I'm in it for the long haul now! With 90% of the work past me, I just have a little detail action on the curves to get through before it's staining time :). This baby is going dark!
Check out how far those pieces have come!
Oh, and the chairs haven't been left out of the madness! I've already started the process of making them a nice glossy white. The picture above only shows the primer... but with 15 minutes per chair x 6 chairs x 3 coats... I can tell this project is going to be a doozy as well!
Any last minute words of advice before I take the big staining plunge? Also, where are your favorite fabric sources? I'm still on the hunt for the seat cushion's fabric.
PS I'll be linking up my progress with Serenity Now's Progress Party (go check it out... it's not just a party for half-sanded tables!).