Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A place to dine (Part 2).

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we've been on the hunt for a dining table. The dimensions had to be exact, the style needed to flow with the rest of our home, and we wanted a medium toned wood to go with the wood kitchen counter tops we plan to install next spring. Last weekend we decided to check out the Beehive Market (a local fundraiser with a yard sale vibe) on a whim. Enter this guy:The wood was so dry you could tell it had been left outside for a long time. For $60 we figured we couldn't go wrong since everything else about it fit our criteria. The hubby took this one on as his own personal project. First he sanded the problem areas:
Then he used the Watco Teak Oil we had left over from our teak credenza in the living room. It's great stuff - it fills in scratches and brings out the natural grain in the wood. The table was so dry he applied four generous coats:
After the excess oil had been rubbed away, the hubby applied some Howard Feed-N-Wax at Morgan's suggestion.(Yes, he reads her blog too.) It is suppose to seal the wood without creating that hard shiny surface most products leave behind. Plus it can be reapplied at whim, which I think our table is going to need for a while.
Here it is in the kitchen. The wood top is definitely not perfect, but that's the beauty of vintage furniture. When I inevitably spill, scratch, or stain it I won't feel so guilty, and we already know the steps to restore it.
This is the view from our living room. I'm really happy with our new dining set - it solves all of the problems that I had with the previous one, and works perfectly for us.

7 comments:

Shannon said...

LOVE IT! Great scale! Love the patina!

I am currently sanding the inside of a vintage armoire and I am hoping some teak oil will bring it back to life...after this, I feel a bit more bold!

(The armoire has some musty smells, I bleached it, now I am attacking it...worse case, I have to paint it....Here it is:
http://8foot6.blogspot.com/2010/08/score.html)

Mike + Mo said...

Wow! It turned out GREAT! I love the look of the natural wood, and the chairs are awesome. Makes me want to go get a table...

Rach said...

ooh very lovely. good job hubby.

B said...

Thank you for the compliments!

Shannon,

I remember seeing your post about the armoire. It is beautiful! I look forward to seeing how it turns out, and would love to hear about the bleaching process. Getting the scent out of old furniture is so tricky!

B

Jen Schenk said...

I think it turned out great. I love how simple it is while making a very big impact!

Heather said...

I love the mismatched look that is so popular right now- well done. I have been eyeballing those chairs on Overstock for a while now.....oh if only I had a money tree. Can I just come to your house and admire all the things you have that I want? ha ha:0) It is all looking great- you guys have done so much!

NK said...

This table is definitely better than what you had here before. I just discovered your blog and love it!

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