Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson
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  • Milledgeville, GA
Asked on Dec 22, 2018

How do I put a protector on an antique table to not hide the wood?

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We stripped an antique table and the wood underneath is a rainbow poplar. It is beautiful. Oil darkens it. We want to keep it light but don't want dust to get in the wood grain.

6 answers
  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    on Dec 22, 2018

    Water based polyurethane should do the trick. It doesn’t yellow or change the color of the wood.

  • William
    on Dec 22, 2018

    If you oiled it there is nothing else you can do. Any sealer will not adhere to the oil. If not oiled you can seal it with three coats of a water based polyurethane. Dries clear, will keep the natural color, doesn't yellow over time. Oil based has a yellow tinge to it and does yellow over time.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Water based polyurethane is your best bet! :)

  • Betsy
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Hi Debbie: What a friend of mine did, and it is a bit pricey, but she went to a glass store and they came out and measured her table and made a glass top for it. Before they put it down, she put a large doily in the centre. Not sure if that's a good idea or not, with the fading of the wood around the doily, but not my all. However, the glass, which is thick, is wonderful. Keeps the table from getting dented and scratched. Of course, this wouldn't be a solution if you have leaves that you use to extend your table:( Check around and see if it's in your budget to get glass. Good luck

  • Ellis
    on Dec 23, 2018

    If you don't want the doily, the glass store will supply tiny little spacers to place between the glass and the wood. It's better for the table if the glass isn't resting directly on it.

  • Debbie Johnson
    on Dec 23, 2018

    I failed to mention that this is a drop leaf table so the glass won't work but thanks for the thought. We will probable sand a little more to get the oil off and then do the water base poly. The blond marks in the wood are where the drop leaves go down.

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