Before I begin this massive post, let me tell you the backstory. I bought this table for my husband before he moved into his first apartment. We were engaged, I was going into my senior year in college, and I found this table at a moving sale. I bought it, with a “drysink” for $75. It is very sturdy, solid wood, and very well loved by a family of 8. The bottom was used as a dog chew, there were water marks, kids initials carved in the top, etc. But it is sturdy! I promised I would figure out how to refinish it…
Now fast-forward almost 4 years. This is still what we're eating on…but we just throw a tablebloth over it to forget what's underneath. Are you ready?
First step: Sand down every gosh darn surface. We are young and poor, and don't own our own power tools. Therefore, we borrowed a small sander from my dad. Here's how it went:
Then, I worked on rolling on black paint onto those flat surfaces while my husband continued to slave over the sander.
Then, disaster struck. THE SANDER DIED! We panicked, tried to fix it, but it just pooped out. We called my dad, who reassured us that is was OK, he couldn't remember the last time he used it, and it was very old anyways.
Ok, phew. But…we were only done with sanding the benches…and we still had the tabletop to finish! What were we going to DO?!
Craigslist to the rescue! A guy 20 minutes away was selling a belt sander, with extra belts, for $25! Seriously…GOD! Thank you! Within the hour, my husband was at it again, and we didn't have to spend a fortune.
Woah … the belt sander was way more powerful. We would have totally done the whole thing with this if we would have realized it would have taken just half the time! Before we knew it, the tabletop was ready for stain
Finally, after we let it dry…it was FINISHED!