Monday, February 7, 2011

A Table Hiccup...


Do you recall the post last week, where I had applied a little Johnson's wax with a plan to wait and see what the result would be?


Well, when I came back a couple hours later look what I was surprised by...table dandruff!


Hum, that's not good. Now what?


With a little more research and a trip to the paint store, I then tested both furniture oil and tung oil as alternatives.


No. While I liked the look of the furniture oil better than the tung oil, both turned the wood too dark, loosing that nicely worn finish I think is key for this particular table.

I mentioned the issue on facebook and a reader asked if I was rubbing the table with steel wool after applying the wax. Good point and...no.


So where does this project stand at the moment? 

Waiting. An acquaintance who knows furniture wax well is coming over Friday and we'll test Briwax. I'm certain the right solution will be found; sometimes it just takes time and patience to find exactly what that will be!

39 comments :

  1. I don't think I've ever met anyone with more patience. You've really been through a lot for this table.

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  2. wow! just think of this as a learning experience.

    we know you'll get the table exactly where you want it to be...

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  3. The woes of projects. Arent they the best!


    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  4. I love your "never give up" attitude. I can't wait to see the table in its completely finished state.

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  5. You really have the best attitude with this table. By now, I might have been freaking out a bit. You take it all in stride. If you get a chance please stop by my blog today...I featured your project.

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  6. I admire your perseverance and your patience!! I'm not sure if I would be so level headed and calm at this point!

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  7. Good luck Janell. If there is anyone who will make this right it is you my dear.

    -Rene

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  8. Girl you and this table.....!!!!
    I hope you find a fix to get the look you want or I'm calling the company myself;-)

    Happy Monday!

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  9. Oh, it is going to be more than fine!! I love the table, now to just find the right finish...the great thing about a process like this is that you learn about new products and processes.

    Janell

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  10. How frustrating!
    This is just another example of why decorating takes so long.
    We are all rooting for you to find a satisfying outcome. And of course...sharing the results with your readers so we can all learn from it.

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  11. So impressed with your perseverance! I am watching and waiting to see what the right solution will be.

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  12. I think the steel wool is the key. I've even used it to apply the wax as well as a buffer afterwards. I'd use the 000 grit. I know you'll find the right method eventually. You have great patience!!

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  13. I've always wondered about wax is used as a finish. I know you'll get it right and am excited to see what the final steps/process ends up being. The table is amazing.

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  14. Table dandruff! On your beautiful table. I am learning too...

    I am working with a great antiques restorer in Seattle (he is from Paris). I would be happy to ask him if you want.

    Warm hugs to you.

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  15. This table hiccup has been a learning experience for us all! This project is still a success because of all the lessons learned along the way!

    Thanks for showing the good, bad, and the ugly of DIY.

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  16. Yes, sometimes you can learn more when things don't go as expected!

    And Monika, working with an antiques restorer from Paris? Now YOU have my interest, and yes, please ask!

    Thanks, Janell

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  17. I know you'll sort it out in the end and all the little hiccups will be so worth it!

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  18. Lord...patience is NOT my virtue...I would have painted it white by now :) I use Brixwax all the time and have never heard of the table dandruff you have described???? I usually put it on with steel wool and then use an old t shirt to buff it out really good. Curious to see what the experts have to say. have you gone to the Brixwax site???

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  19. Hang in there... your table has great 'bones'!

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  20. I love Briwax. Hopefully that works. Hugs, Marty

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  21. You should call Phil...I bet he would know how to fix it.

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  22. Right about now I would be ready to through it out the window! Oh, but I love your perseverance, hopefully someone can help me {sorry it isn't me, never used wax, scares me!}

    Good luck!

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  23. I know you'll get the look you're going after very soon. You have so much patience, Janell!

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  24. Can't wait until you get it sorted, because I bought an old farmhouse table last summer, and the top is sooo rustic, it's in need of a treatment of some sort, and I wasn't sure what to do, I still want it to look weathered and worn.

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  25. You are so patient! I would've given up, but I'm glad to see not everybody is as lazy as me. :-)

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  26. Wow, this table is certainly giving you the runaround.....the finish as is, is perfect, I can see why you are aiming to preserve it.

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  27. I agree with Donna @ A Perfect Gray; just think how knowledgeable you'll be after all your table finish experiences? With each challenge we are blessed with experience!

    I'm staying tuned Janell.

    x Deb

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  28. I admired you when it comes to re-painting a piece of furniture. or get it were it should be like.

    But this one seems more challenging and I've heard a lot of product that your using that I'm not familiar with.

    I will go read this whole process again to educate myself. and waiting to other information comes along the way till this table comes to its natural beauty.

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  29. There is something very rewarding about sticking to your guns and getting what you want in the end.

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  30. I admire your patience, your spirit and your positive attitude, Janell!

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  31. I thought your were going to say it turned green again! Good luck, easy projects never seem to be easy.

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  32. I have had great success with Briwax and steel wool in the past. I get the colorless wax. Please come visit my new public blog when you get a chance.

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  33. Hopefully you figure out the solution to your table dilema!
    Don't forget to stop by the blog and see our window display project!
    Happy February,
    E&J

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  34. I can't wait to see the table in its completely finished state. it looks so great!

    http://whereorwhat.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hey, there's a lady in the town I live in who does this stuff all the time and she's awesome to share tips. Give her a holler at http://knackstudios.blogspot.com/
    Her name is Barb and she's super nice! He work is amazing and she sells her things all over!

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  36. I LOVE Briwax! I think you've found your fix :)

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  37. Your patience will pay off! This is turning into a great learning experience for me too! :)

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  38. Sorry that this is late to the game, but where is this gorgeous table from? I love the turned legs!!! I've tried looking at the older posts but cannot find it:( mentioned?

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