Dining Room Table Refinish July '17
This was a relatively inexpensive table but we loved the Craftsman style bones of it. Now, a few years after purchasing, the paint finish on the top was beginning to flake off. Solution: sand it down and attempt to refinish.
Sanded it down fairly easily with some 80 grit sandpaper on an orbital palm sander, then finer grit to smooth it out. Connect sander to shop vac (w/dust bag) and put an outward fan in the adjacent window to keep dust out of the house.
This is one of the probably 5 coats or so of oil-based gloss polyurethane. I used 3:1 poly to mineral spirits and it really made for very smooth coats. I used a 3" foam brush, feathering the final strokes for good results. Light sand between coats.
I'll wait about 30 days for the poly to totally cure before adding any kind of wax. (I tried a paste wax 3 days later with tragic results: ended up sanding a bit and adding another coat of poly.) If I were to do this again, I think I'd use Behlens Rock Hard Table Top Varnish instead of poly.
After sanding the piece down, I used the Danish Oil simply because I had it leftover from a prior project. I wiped it on and wiped it off pretty quickly as I didn't want a dark finish. I think I used 2 coats.
If this top were a high grade wood, I would not have used a glossy poly finish, but in this case I feel like the high sheen helped out this low-grade wood.