When the large table arrived for our dining room I was thrilled with its beautiful lines and how well it was made. What came as a complete surprise was the green finish, very similar to moss...beginning to turn brown. Not a pretty sight!
Luckily a sanding job took care of that. The table top was also rougher than I had anticipated...so sanding fixed this issue as well. Perfect.
The wood tone now features a mix of grays and browns, just beautiful, and made from reclaimed wood this table looks like it has been around for years. Not wanting to alter the color or lose the worn characteristics, I tested several products to give the table a protective finish, finally having success with Briwax!
Below the right side of the table has a layer of clear wax while the left side does not. A subtle sheen is added, yet virtually no color change. What I was surprised by is how the wood now feels to the touch...incredibly soft.
As recommended by Suzi, I applied three layers of wax to the table top to provide protection from spills.
Afterwards I decided to test the repelling qualities of the wax.
Aren't these beads of water beautiful?
After letting them sit from several minutes, I wiped them away with no evidence in sight. Impressive.
The wood tones look great against the walls...
...and while the turned legs proved more difficult to both sand and wax, they turned out beautifully as well.
So despite all the work that was required, particularly on a new table, I'm thrilled with the result! I think it is better than I had even envisioned when selecting the table in the first place.
I'd say this adds up to table happiness, to be sure.