I could see how the change does not seem crazy drastic. As my daughter stated, after months of hard labor, "It looks like you didn't even do anything."
She likes to boost my ego, obviously.
Here are some table facts:
It's an English Antique, brought to the USA by the Irish Priest who baptised me.
It had been refinished before at some point in it's life, pre 1970's.
It was high gloss finish, no me gusta.
My kids did a serious number on it, kid damage + high gloss= not a good look
Baby food was petrified under the table. It had to be sanded off. Gross.
Designy pedestal legs with thick gloss lacquer= seriously intimidating.
I just made up the word 'Designy'.
|As predicted these were a real P.I.T.A.|
I had to call on an expert, to step up my game. Because it appears as though staining is a little more involved than painting. He's my brother's FIL, aka, Ron Swanson. He makes some real amazing stuff. I bought the products he uses and sanded by hand per his suggestion. I wanted to do each step in exactly the same way he does. I love to power sand, but per his advice, I sanded by hand. You can really tell the difference. Now I know that great results come from skill and not products, but I have to say it really stepped up my results. This table is smooooth like butter!
Not to toot my own horn, but I love it! I almost want to run my cheek against it's smoothness, just because. I might later, when no one is looking. Don't judge.
Thank you Mr. Cummings! Your advice undoubtedly helped me do my best. You can expect more e mails from me in the future, I'm sure.