There is a simple project that I have avoided for
Months Years! Wow. Writing that down makes me totally embarrassed.
I have lived with this for Years?! How is that possible?
Don’t you hate that? We start to see past our stuff once we live with it for a while… although I gotta admit, I really didn’t always see past this.
The picture above actually does not properly show the amount of scratches on this table top. Here are a couple of closer views.
We eat at this table a lot and it for sure has not weathered all that well over time. I found and fell in love with this table at a neighborhood Estate Sale. It was a great price and I fell in love with the wood pattern on top, metal medallions and feet, and inlay details on the top. I did not realize how soft this wood was and how susceptible to scratches it was so I never added a Poly protective coat.
I spent far too much time stressing about how to fix it and not enough time just doing!
I finally got off my lazy butt and headed to Home Depot for some fix ideas.
Here is fix idea #1.
I bought the Ebony Pencil and the Walnut Pencil… at just over $4 a pop. Kind of pricey for a pencil no?
Oh well… I was hoping it would fill those scratches and spots where the original finish had just simply started cracking and wearing off. The Ebony Pencil did a decent job but the Walnut Pencil was 100% worthless! It did not show up at all.
You can see in the picture above (to the bottom left) how the Ebony Pencil filled in the worn spot. It kind of stood out a little too obvious for my liking so I needed idea #2.
For idea #2 I looked at using a stain paste which is thick and fills in grooves, but my grooves were minimal and kind of already filled in by the pencil. So I decided instead to just use some Walnut Stain I had on hand and run a quick coat over the top. My table has already worn down over time so I skipped sanding this time… I was hoping the table was pretty porous at this point.
It worked like a charm.
I was actually shocked at how well it worked. I brushed on one coat and let it totally soak in over several days. I did not wipe any excess off as I really wanted it to soak in and add a layer of protection to the table top.
It’s back to it’s original glory!
Tell my again why I wait so long to do this stuff?
See You Soon…