Friday, January 28, 2011

Table Progress Happiness!

Blogging is amazing, you put something out there and you just know opinions and ideas are about to come your way. When I posted about my dining table arriving "dressed" in a moss colored finish, the solution to a problem was provided through your comments!


{Finally, a photo taken during sanding that ALMOST shows the green tone of the finish!}

Soon after the table arrived my Dad was at the house and we nimbly sanded a bit of the finish off, selecting a safe little spot on the apron of the table leaf. The wood looked great immediately, with the green disappearing and in its place a tone revealed that I had thought I was getting in the first place. Okay, so I am going to sand it all down. Then what? The character of the table nearly requires it have a natural worn finish, stain and polyurethane would most likely ruin the authentic character of the reclaimed wood. But how do I protect the wood from spills?

Well, I knew an answer would come, at least I had discovered the color was fixable!


Then after posting about the situation several of you suggested a furniture wax used by furniture makers called Briwax. After doing a bit of research I realized I (well, you...) had found my answer.


So next I got to work and sanded the entire table top. Now I am usually one brave soul when it comes to jumping feet first into a project, even if I've never done it before. I figure any surprises can always be worked around and you won't know if you like it or if it works until you try. But this time, I have to admit, putting the sander to the table top I felt fear.

Fortunately that only lasted a few seconds. When I saw the results of the first pass, wow, I could see this table was going to be gorgeous all sanded down! And it is, table top and sides done, now to just find some time for the legs...


I used a very fine grit sanding paper, not wanting to over-sand and loose the character: just the green.


Next, a trip to Home Depot for additional supplies: tack cloth and the furniture wax. The store did not end up having Briwax in stock. However, I happened upon two exceptionally helpful sales people, one who has used both Briwax and Howard Citrus Shield natural paste wax, and prefers the Howard brand. Okay, sold. But Briwax comes in many tones, and I had intended to use the clear option, to keep the table looking as natural as possible. Wanting to make sure there was no color in this brand's wax, they opened up the can to check. Don't you love it when sales people WANT to help you?!


Back home I wiped a section of the table top clean with tack cloth, removing any remaining dust...


...and rubbed a bead of wax onto a small section. At first I was pretty nervous seeing the wood turn quite orange, much deeper than seen in the photo. Oh no, I hope it "dries" clear!


It did. Table happiness for sure. Now to just get those pesky turned legs sanded down, that is probably going to be a little more time consuming than the table top. I put in a call to my Dad, "want to hang out and sand table legs?" The phone was quiet on the other end. I think I have my answer.

37 comments :

  1. I can't wait to see it finished. I've done a lot of refinishing over the years, but never used a wax. Now I want to try it! Gotta love a dad! Always enjoy your posts, Janell.

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  2. It's looking beautiful! I'm so glad you figured out a way to get the color just right.

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  3. Glad to hear the mossy color is under control. It's looking fabulous! :)

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  4. Whew, glad that you were able to find a solution! Okay, hurry up with those legs:-)

    I'm anxious to find out what chairs you're using! I'm getting a little ahead of myself huh?!?!

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  5. I had the same scare on my wood floors when we refinished them a couple of months ago. I wanted a natural, unfinished color and researched it all out. We went with an oil type finish. When it went on it was beautiful - when we came back to the house the next day they were a golden, orange color (the 80's oak color!) I felt sick for two days! Then all of a sudden they were back to the beautiful, natural, no finish color. I love them!!!! Was so worth all the work.
    Can't wait to see your finished table.

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  6. waxes are amazing at protecting furniture...I've been using a centuries old recipe from "the old country" that has worked beautifully on my furniture...
    table's looking beautiful...you are quite daring, but it pays off,..
    maureen

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  7. Loving the gray tones! So often I think (about my own home) "That isn't quite right- but how do I fix it?" LOVE that you post about how you make it "right" in your home! Thank you!

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  8. I can't believe you did your sanding indoors! Didn't you get dust everywhere?
    Can't wait to see how this all turns out.

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  9. I´m so amazed of all the projects you have going on, and inspired!
    I think the table looks all beautiful! It´ll be a success, just like all of the other great projects you havce been showning us!
    Happy weekend!
    This place is truly one of the most inspiring ones!

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  10. This looks great! I always love a hard wax finish over varnish...much warmer. Good luck with those legs.

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  11. It looks amazing! I can't wait to see the finished product! I love paste wax finish. Did you have to use a mask when you applied it? I use the Johnson's paste wax but find I for sure need to wear a mask.
    Sarah

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  12. I use a mask for sanding, but not when I tested the wax. (And yes, I'm sanding the table in place. Bag on sander and vacuuming frequently does the job, if I waited until warm weather I'd be staring at a green table for a long time!)

    Is the Johnson's really strong...Howard's has a lemon scent. Doesn't seem to be an issue, perhaps when I get to waxing the entire table it will be a different story. Interesting point!

    Janell

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  13. Yay! I can't imagine the horror of that table arriving in *GREEN*!!! So glad that the problem is slowly but surely disappearing!(c: Can't wait to see it. Happy Weekend.

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  14. Oh, I just love a happy ending! This table is so fantastic. I love that it's 10' long!

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  15. This is going to be fabulous!!
    Love it already!
    I have used the product in the past and love it, I just didn't think about it when I was reading about the mossy table....
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    XO
    Kristin

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  16. YAY! So glad that the sanding takes off the green! Good luck getting the legs sanded! Can't wait to see the finished result!

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  17. Can't wait to see the table all done. I've used the Briwax and love all the wonderful different shades they offer. I havn't used the clear. Good luck on the legs. Hugs, Marty

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  18. I'm glad it's working, and I'm excited to see it used on a larger project like this. Happy weekend! (have fun sanding)

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  19. I'm so glad the table is working out the way you hoped. Was the mossy color from a stain the manufacturer put on the table?

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  20. It turned out beautifully! I'm sure you're more than relieved to have the moss gone. Enjoy your weekend and happy leg sanding!

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  21. I can't wait to see the finished product. I am thinking of using wax on my Airstream cabinets. Have a great weekend!

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  22. Glad things are turning out for you. Keep in mind how great it's going to look while sanding those legs-eyes on the prize!

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  23. Love the finish..looks so good with the stenciled wall!
    Have a great weekend
    Maureen

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  24. Taking a sander to a table is always frightening. I am happy to know about that product. Looking great, Janell.

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  25. I can't wait to see the finished product. I'm glad the sanding worked. Good luck with the legs.

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  26. Looking good, Janell! Excited to see it all finished! Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend (:

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  27. Any tips for sanding the turned legs? I have a set of old doll furniture (jenny lind style) I am redoing for my daughters room & I can't seem to get it saned down evenly! Hoping a good primer will do, but any tips would be GREAT! Thanks, Carli

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  28. Carli,
    I will share any knowledge I gain from my experience!!!! :)
    Janell

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  29. You might try a dremel to sand the legs. I would get as fine a grit for it as you can since the rotation will make it more effective. Just remember with the wax that there is no going back...can't put any other finish over it cause it won't stick. It looks like it's going to be beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  30. Hi Jenell, I am so glad that I saw this post because I am just getting ready to use wax as a top coat to protect a piece I just painted. The table looks beautiful!

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  31. Looks amazing! You are so brave to jump right in and start sanding! I probably would have sat on it for months and months. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  32. Well, I looked at the console for two years before I had the courage to refinish it. Perhaps with that success a couple weeks ago it helped me dive into this refinishing job!

    Plus, it would have made me kind of sick to my stomach to look at it for too long, each time thinking I'd made a wrong choice in purchasing it!

    And...guess who is coming over Sunday afternoon to help me sand the legs? Thanks in advance Dad!

    Janell

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  33. I love the table. I've been looking for a table that will extend to feed all of my family, grandchildren, etc. Where did you find the table?

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  34. Hi there, I think I just read through all of your posts and love the blog. I can't see anywhere where this dining room table came from. It's late and I probably just missed it but, would you mind sharing your source?

    Thank you and the finished room looks amazing.

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  35. I am just running across your blog and it is amazing. Found you on Pinterest while browsing drop cloth projects.

    Other than the wax, did you use any thing else to reach the color on your table. I am in love with it! I am getting ready to strip and refinish several small tables in my family room. This is the look I am going for. And how did you sand the legs?

    My tables are the old dark cherry stain finish on on the top with I think a baked black enamel on the legs. Looking for lighter almost driftwood type finish.

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