I went out on a limb a couple weeks ago and went to a yard sale by my lonesome. The neighborhood where I work was having a multi-family sale and I had the all-to-common thought about yard sales, “Well, I might find something good.” You know what I’m talking about. I didn’t go with any one thing in particular that we needed.
I struck it rich, I found that “something good”. A woman was selling a dining table and chairs made of pine and we snagged them for $40! What a steal.
It’s definitely bigger than the table we got from Mom & Dad. It is one we are thinking we can “grow” in, meaning this table is one we would like to keep for 15+ years. I have plans to sand it and stain it a darker color. No big deal, right? It will be a little time consuming, but with Kevin’s two FEX’s coming up, baby I’ve got time! After doing some research though, I am a little nervous. This article in particular has me sweating before I have even started sanding.
Any sanding or staining pros out there have any advice for me? I started sanding one chair, pretty casually, I mean I knew so much as to go with the grain of the wood, but do I really need to start with 100 grit and finish with 220? Any thoughts or advice? Should I purchase the wood conditioner and stain and wax, etc?
As I said, we plan on keeping this table around for awhile so now it’s very important that I don’t thoroughly screw this up.
Check out the kid’s artwork.