Farm Fresh Table to Fabulous!!!

3 Weeks
I found a vintage table top at my in-law's farm and just knew I could bring out the beauty that was hiding under all the dirt and grime. This transformation included lots of sanding, a coat stain and 5 coats of polyurethane. I also found table legs that I sanded, primed and painted with 3 coats of paint.
Fresh from the farm.
I took this photo just after I started to sand the table top. As you can see on the right, the table was covered in grime, paint splatters, some kind of stain.
Halfway through the sanding process.
Round one of the sanding process is complete, still needs a lot more TLC.

Eventually, the black marks did sand off the table. I also cut off a couple of inches on each end of the table to remove some extensive damage.
Hanging table legs are easy to paint.
After I sanded the table legs, I decided to hang them for easier painting. I brushed on a coat of primer and sprayed the legs with three coats of white semi-gloss paint.
After the golden pecan stain.
After sanding, I stained the top with a golden pecan stain. I dipped my rag in the stain and just wiped it on. I love how the stain brings out the different colors in the wood and highlights the scars and tiny holes.
Vintage top with all the imperfections
To seal the table, I brushed on five coats of glossy polyurethane, doing a light sanding with fine steel wool in between coats. I thought I was done with four coats but a fly decided to dive bomb into my table and got stuck. So I needed one more light sanding and another coat of poly. :) This close-up shows all the beautiful imperfections that are still in the table.
Farm fresh to fabulous!
The beauty of this table top is finally revealed and is ready for it's second life, or third or fourth!!
Finally finished!!
This table turned out gorgeousl!! I love all the scars and imperfections that show the history of the table. It took me about 3-4 weeks to finish...working on it off and on and allowing extra drying time during some damp weather. The cost to me was around $10 for the different grits of sandpaper to fit my hand sander. I already had the stain, paint and poly on hand.
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