I'm soooo happy with how it turned out!
|Slightly dusty from removing paint tarps in the room, but you can still see the nice finish.|
Here's the shortened version of the project rundown:
A) I finally decide how I want to refinish the table ... paint on the base, stain on the top
B) Sand, sand, sand
C) Change of plans ... hey why not just stain the whole thing?
D) Begin stripping the base ... oh this is why ... stupid round, detailed legs!
E) Hand sand, hand sand, hand sand stupid legs ( I'm just playing. I think the legs are the best part of the table )
F) Time to stain in Ebony
G) Ick, I don't like the look of ebony ... recoat 3x's to get a darker result ... still a no go
H) Switch to Classic Black polyshade ... 3 coats ... ooh pretty
I) Spar varnish on the table top for a more durable finish
J) Too much lint, sand & re-apply spar
K) Air bubbles, sand & re-apply spar
L) Brush streaks, sand & re-apply spar
M) Air bubbles, sand & re-apply spar
N) I'll try a can of spray spar ... bad, bad evil spray varnish!
O) Sand & re-apply spar, too much lint and air bubbles
P) WHAT THE ...!!!
Q) Used up the entire quart of spar, now what?
R) Oh yeahhhhhh, we still have Liquid Plastic
S) Apply liquid plastic ... 10+ years of a sedentary lifestyle makes it not want to play nicely
T) Sand & re-apply thinned liquid plastic ... still wavey but better
U) Very nice weather outside, gotta take advantage of it and sand down the waviness
V) C'mon let this be the last application ...
After that last application I tip-toed up the steps and when Tim asked me how it
turned out, I shushed him ... if we don't talk about it, we don't jinx it.
|The room is still in progress but the table and chairs are done and in place!|
A lot of things look great far away, but check out that close up ... smoooooth!
It's been a long haul ... right around 2 months of work.
I've woken up with tendonitis in my elbows many mornings
from all of the sanding.
Chucked paint brushes across the room in total frustration.
Walked away in tears feeling inept.
I can point out each flaw that is on here ... but they are MY flaws.
There are only a couple and they aren't there from lack of trying or lack of interest ...
they are there because that's just how it goes.
Perfect finishes come from companies that are equipped
with lint/dust free rooms, professional sprayers and specially mixed finishes.
This table isn't perfect and it wasn't refinished by a master craftsman ...
but when I look at that table I feel like one ; )
|X marks the spot|
Now bring on the wine!!!
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