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  1. Juliette said:

    Hi,

    Love your blog. I am about to refinish our farmhouse table that we bought second hand and wanted your advice on the finish. Right now it has a thick coat of polyurethane that is shiny and doesn’t look very farmhouse. I want to keep it as natural as possible looking. Did you explore using an oil as a wood protector? From your photos it seems that the satin finish looks natural. Are you happy with it? Any advice is appreciated.
    Thanks

    April 14, 2015
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    • said:

      Hi Juliette, Thanks for checking out my blog and our refinished farmhouse table! We are very happy with our finish! We only put on one coat of polyurethane and in retrospect with kids coloring and spilled meals 2 or 3 coats would have done a better job to protect the table. We will probably need to give it a quick sanding and put 2-3 coats on at some point. We’ve mostly stuck with water based finishes for the convenience of them…quick dry time, low smells, etc. The table still looks very natural with 1 coat. Once we put 2-3 coats on we will probably go get the same finish in a matte…we had the satin lying around from using it on our floor. My husband has played with different types of finishes (tung oil, watco oil). He even mail ordered some samples of woca oil which is a very natural matte oil. He keeps coming back to the convenience and availability of the water based finishes. Here is a great article on the various finishes…http://www.oldewoodltd.com/blog/what-to-know-understanding-your-oil-water-and-natural-oil-finish-options/. Hope this helps!

      April 14, 2015
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      • David said:

        I live in Fairmount section of Philly. I have a 6 ft farm table that I am considering either refinishing or slathering with mineral oil. My biggest issue is putting anything toxic on the surface of a table my kids will be eating from. Did you consider this issue at all when you decided to put the Rust-Oleum poly on it or are your kids grown so it’s not as much of an issue. Thanks for your time.

        July 8, 2015
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        • said:

          Hi David! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! So fun to know you are from Philly! Our kids are older so we weren’t too worried about them eating the table or eating from the table:). Here’s a great guide to finishes (http://www.rockler.com/how-to/finishing-comparison-guide/). The downside of some of the finishes that are considered more food safe will be that they are not as durable and will need more frequent maintenance.

          July 8, 2015
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  2. Amanda said:

    We have this exact table and the finish is looking worn. I can’t keep it looking great as I think it has a varnish finish. We have considered sanding it down and refinishing it so we could seal with poly and avoid the hazy varnish look we have going on. How hard was it to sand all of the finish off? What type of sander did you guys use?

    August 2, 2015
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    • said:

      Hi Amanda,
      We mostly use a random orbit sander for any sanding projects…an older version of this one:
      DEWALT D26451 3-Amp 5-Inch Random-Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

      We tried using our belt sander but it got gummed up with the varnish pretty quickly. We just changed out our orbital sanding pads pretty often…coarse pads to start and then a final pass with a finer grit. It took about 30-60 minutes to do the whole table.

      The table turned out great so I would say it’s definitely worth the time and effort!

      August 6, 2015
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      • Kelly said:

        Beautiful! I have the same table and LOVE it!!! Its starting to get a little gunky ontop from kids. Question: How long did it take hm to san the table completely? THANK YOU!!!!
        Found the answer above… 30-60 min.
        Your husnband did an amazing job!

        March 11, 2016
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        • said:

          Thanks so much for stopping by to see how we refinished our farmhouse table Kelly! Good luck if you decide to refinish yours:). Have a great week and take care, Tara

          March 14, 2016
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          • Beth said:

            Tara,
            You inspired us to do the same to our Broyhill heirloom table. Unfortunately, we are not having an easy time of it. We are using a Dewalt orbital sander with 60 grit sanding disk and it is barely changing the surface of out table. I would be so appreciative of any advice you could give us! Thank you!

            November 11, 2016
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            • said:

              Hi Beth, it’s sounds like you guys are doing the right things! I checked with my husband and he said he might have used a 40 grit sanding disk as well as a 60 and he also said that he used a belt sander for a little bit but the orbital sander was easier to work with, but slower. It definitely took him at least an hour to sand down the table. Hope this helps and good luck with your table! Please, Let me know how it goes!!!

              November 11, 2016
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              • Beth said:

                Thank you Tara! We persevered and have sanded the table and the legs! Our local home improvement store recommended an inexpensive product called “Awesome” that helped by removing the gummy tar-like varnish and made progress much easier. Only the apron to go now. Thank you again for the inspiration, and the detailed instructions!

                November 12, 2016
              • said:

                Glad it sounds like the process is moving along much quicker. Would love to see a pic of your table when you are all done!!!

                November 14, 2016
  3. said:

    I love your table! Your pictures are beautiful! What a lovely space you’ve created! So happy if you would share this this week at my Making Broken Beautiful Party. It begins on Thursday. Hope you have a great week!
    Smiles!
    Terry

    October 6, 2015
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    • said:

      Thanks Terry! I will definitely be by for your party tomorrow, thanks for the invite! Hope you have a great week too, Tara

      October 7, 2015
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  4. said:

    This is great! My husband just built us a table with a walnut top. However, the boards shrank and now there are cracks between the boards. What do you do about yours? How do you keep them clean? We have 6 kids so it is quite a challenge and we have only had the table a few weeks. He was going to try to fill the gaps with epoxy, but we are not sure it will work.

    October 8, 2015
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    • said:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Lindsay! I vacuum my table’s cracks, it’s not pretty but it works:). Your epoxy idea might work too. Being one of 6 and having 4 of my own I think we are doomed to clean up our tables after every meal regardless:). Take care, Tara

      October 11, 2015
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  5. Tara! What an awesome table — Your husband did a great job — and to think it was a FREE project! 😀 Cynthia

    October 12, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you Cynthia! Nothing is better than free right?!

      October 14, 2015
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  6. Your table turned out beautifully! I agree, the lighter look fresh and on trend right now. Thanks for linking up to The Creative Circle 🙂

    October 12, 2015
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    • said:

      Thanks Jen! We are really happy with how it turned out!!!

      October 14, 2015
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  7. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said:

    What a beautiful dining room and the perfect table for gathering! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks for sharing Tara!

    October 13, 2015
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    • said:

      Sharon thank you so much for featuring my dining table and for hosting the Be Inspired party every week!!!

      October 14, 2015
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  8. said:

    Love how you redid your dining table Tara – but the entire dining room is just stunning – I’m in love with every single detail !

    October 13, 2015
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  9. said:

    I’m so thrilled you were able to share this at my Making Broken Beautiful party, I do hope you will join in again tomorrow :0)
    Smiles!
    Terry

    October 14, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you Terry!

      October 14, 2015
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  10. said:

    What a gorgeous makeover! I love that natural look of the table.What a great idea to just trip the stain of the table. I love how it works now with the dark walls and with the white chairs. Beautifully done!

    October 15, 2015
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    • said:

      Thanks so much Deb! We are really happy with how our dining table turned out!

      October 15, 2015
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  11. said:

    What an amazing transformation and such a big project to tackle a week before Thanksgiving. I love that you could do this with almost any table base. Brilliant. Also, love Restoration Hardware. Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Circle.

    October 15, 2015
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    • said:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my dining table Kathy!

      October 15, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you so much Gloria! I will definitely try and stop by your party!

      October 19, 2015
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  12. said:

    This is awesome! I love this project, it looks great. Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Preppy Party!

    October 20, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my table and for the party Amy!!!

      October 21, 2015
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  13. Jeri said:

    Your table is beautiful! I have been contemplating this project myself on a pine table with a terrible orangey brown stain on it and I want to take it to a walnut brown stain and I will paint the skirt and legs with chalk paint. I have been trying to figure out if I also need to sand the bottom of the table top. Did your husband sand yours?

    November 4, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you so much for visiting Jeri! We did not sand the bottom of our table top because it is hidden by the sides and it was never stained to begin with:). Best of luck with your table! A dark brown stain and chalk paint legs and skirt sound really pretty:). Take care, Tara

      November 4, 2015
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  14. Julie said:

    Thank you for sharing. We too have a Broyhill Attic Heirloom table in the same finish but a different style. The top got all sticky and we are in the process of refinishing it. I love how yours turned out. I hope ours turns out just as nice.

    November 12, 2015
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    • said:

      The top of our Broyhill table got all sticky too Julie! That is part of the reason we decided to sand it down. Thank you so much for stopping by and best of luck with refinishing your table! Take care, Tara

      November 13, 2015
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    • said:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our farmhouse table Ashlyn! Take care, Tara

      February 17, 2016
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    May 4, 2016
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  16. Laura said:

    Hi I’m so happy that I found this! We too have the same sticky dining room set. We can’t wait to sand the table as you did, and hope it will look as awesome! We also have the hutch that I saw in your photos, did you sand it down as well? I couldn’t do without the storage, sanding the hutch seems like a big project.
    Thanks so much!
    Laura

    October 10, 2016
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    • said:

      Thanks so much for checking out our farmhouse table Laura!!! How fun that you have the same set. Best wishes for your table makeover!!! We have not sanded the hutch as of yet but hope to in the future. It’s such a pretty piece and provides great storage, as you know :). When we decide to make it over I will be sure to share it on the blog. Please keep me posted with the makeover of your dining set. I would love to hear how it goes. Take care, Tara

      October 11, 2016
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  17. mary macaroni said:

    What an excellent post-thank you so much! This is exactly what i was looking for and you did a fabulous job-looks very professional.

    July 25, 2017
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    • said:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our farmhouse table Mary!

      August 11, 2017
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