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October 28, 2012

Furniture Refinishing

I have been busy with more than just looking for work. This week, the days haven't been rainy, cold (below 45) or windy so I have been sanding and refininshing our fold out dinner tables that Cop Car and HH gave us years ago - I believe as a house warming present; if not then, within a year or so of that.

Being the only two people in the house, and birdie and the cats needing the dining table more than we do, the fold out tables are used a lot. Birdie's cage sits on the dining room table as do the bowls of cat food, which keeps the dogs from getting fat. Even when we have company, we eat in the living room. so we use at least 2 of the tables on a regular basis. I usually eat while sitting on the couch, so the coffee table serves me. As the tables surfaces have become worn, I have rotated them out of continuous use. However, at this point all the tables had become a bit worse for the wear.

Tebles before
I sanded down three of the tables at once, while the fourth one was left for WS to use.

Tables sanded

Then I stained them with dark oak stain and let them dry for 24 hours. I put on three layers of polyurathane between Wednesday and Thursday, but didn't like the results so put on a thin 4th layer Friday. The tables were completely dry yesterday, so I sanded them down for a last time and traded out the one the WS had been.

Table finished

Yesterday I sanded down the fourth table and stained it. Today I will put on the first coat of polyurathan,and amybe the second coat (depending on how humid it gets - that can really slow down the drying porcess). Since it supposed to rain until Thursday (courtesy of Sandy), the process on the last table could take quite some time.

I almost forgot - last month (before all the rainy days hit), I sanded down a most of our kitchen lower level cabinet doors and drawers, stained them and refinished them - they hadn't been redone since we originally bought and installed them in 1989. Here are a few pictures from that endeavor. Drawers and doors before:

Here are all the doors and drawers after refininshing and remounting (and touching up the frame with stain and a coat of polyurathane):

  Beside Stove
Beside Stove
Beside Stove
The last two sets of doors and drawers pictured on the end of the last picture took 3 days to dry because it was so humid. Good thing I finished when I did (end of September) as we got several weeks of rain after that so I couldn't use the deck for a sanding station.

So see, I haven't just been been eating bonbons and watching soap operas!

Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2012 at 07:22 AM in At Home | Permalink


Looks good!

Posted by: Ruth at Oct 28, 2012 9:21:18 AM

Wow! Your work looks fabulous, Bogie. Anyone who knows you in the least would not have thought that you were idle during your time at home. Well done!

BTW: I have no remembrance of the folding tables. Glad that they've been useful!

Posted by: Cop Car at Oct 29, 2012 11:13:31 AM

I really love refinishing old stuffs! I have old furnitures at home that are handed to me by my grandmother and, up to now they're still very nice! I always find time to check and clean on them so that its beauty will be preserve.

Posted by: Mildred Melendez at Nov 14, 2012 9:10:22 PM

Thanks for sharing pictures of your work. Refinishing furniture must require true patience and the right knowledge. Good post.

Posted by: FF at Nov 19, 2012 1:13:48 PM