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Despite the weather delay and a change of aesthetic part of the way through, the round table is done!

My original plan was to sand down the top of the table to remove the bubbling, then repaint it all white with a bit of distressing (like this shelf). However, once the wood was stripped and the water damage sanded off, sweet hubs asked what it would look like with a stained top. A spot test proved interesting, and a full blown effort was set in motion. Three coats of stain and two of polyurethane later, we now have a gorgeous two-toned table!

The stain goes on deceptively dark, so you may be disappointed the first time you apply then wipe. I suggest waiting the max amount of time listed on the stain, but not much longer – you want max wood penetration, but you don’t want the stain to have a chance to set and become difficult to remove. You can always apply more layers of stain – you can’t always resolve a goopy mess.

If you’ve not sanded a large project from start to finish before, I highly recommend purchasing a sandpaper multi pack that has a few sheets of different grit. It’ll prevent you from making multiple hardware store runs and make you feel like a pro.

My little Makita sander got a workout – but proved yet again why she’s my number one gal when it comes to any project. Easy to handle and maneuver, she made good time on flat planes as well as the more detailed areas.

Here’s the before and after. What do you think?