I'm soooooo excited to finally show you my refinished table!
...maybe because it took me THREE tries to get to a table I'm happy with
...maybe because we've been living without a table for several weeks
...maybe because the chocolaty brown color looks so yummy (have I mentioned that I haven't had an ounce of chocolate since Lent began?!)
...OR maybe because I'm so happy with the final product!
Where we last left off, I explained the ten different mistakes that I made in sanding and prepping the table and all of the expert tips I learned from my professional carpenter friend. If I've learned anything in this process, it's that everything after prepping is all down hill! Seriously, the staining part isn't hard at all.
*Thrifty Tip: The Dollar Tree is a great source for cheap brushes and gloves. Quality isn't too important for staining and I'd rather not risk a nice brush. Oh, and if you've ever used stain before, you'll know what those gloves are for (zombie manicure anyone?)!
Staining is as easy as brushing on the stain, waiting for it to soak in, and wiping it off with a rag... but that doesn't mean that I didn't make every mistake possible during this process:
mistake #11 Test the color before you apply it. Believe me, you don't want to re-sand your entire piece after finding out that the stain color you picked out is all wrong.
mistake #12 Don't stain in full sunlight. The sun dries the stain too quickly. Because of this, you can find yourself suck with a sticky, uneven mess. By my final attempt, I realized that the garage (with doors opened) was the best workspace at my house.
mistake #13 Stay away from the wind. Wet stain + dust bowls = bad combination.
mistake #14 Remember to reread and follow the instructions. My stain recommended waiting a good 4-6 hours before applying the next coat. For some reason I remembered reading 15 minutes... and created an uneven, clumpy mess.
mistake #15 Get all unnecessary supplies out of the way. First, I almost used the stripper instead of the mineral oil to clear off the dust... then I actually grabbed and used the dark ebony stain on the table legs instead of the new walnut color (yes, I'm that dumb).
In case you're wondering, here's my all-star cast of staining supplies:
Remember that sea of wood from before?
It's long gone now...
Don't worry about the rug; it's just a place holder until I find one in the right size.