Snowstorm, chill out, catch up!!

Yesterday, a snowstorm kept us in to read, play scrabble, watch movies and kick back. Today however was catch up day! Which meant take down Christmas decorations, do paperwork and work on a gateleg table I did not finish in the fall.

IMG_5591 The table was originally my husband’s grandmother’s. He thinks its over 100 years old. I forgot to take pictures while I was working on it. To give you an idea of the shape it was in I took a picture of the underneath. It had a dark stain, decades of wax buildup and was scratched up. Pretty much how this looks!

IMG_5561 (2) When I originally stripped and sanded the table I was surprised how light the wood was. I decided to leave the top and paint the legs thinking I would get back to it soon.

IMG_5568 (2) Eight months later here I am! Even though I did not mean to wait so long, I am glad I did! I really grew to love the light wood and decided to keep it.

I used Annie Sloan clear and dark wax. I have a clear wax finish on my dining room table. I wax it every four or five months and have absolutely no problems with it.

IMG_5576 I first applied clear wax. If you are going to use dark wax, applying clear wax first is a must. Without the clear wax base the dark wax will be absorbed into the wood and look blotchy. After working in two light coats of clear wax,  I wiped it off with a clean, lint free rag until it no longer felt tacky to the touch.

IMG_5577 See how the wood soaks up the wax.

IMG_5578 This is how it looked after the second coat.

IMG_5580 Next came the dark wax. I worked in sections taking a little bit on a clean rag then wiping in the direction of the grain. Again, wiping it until it does not feel tacky.

IMG_5581 This is the finished piece. The waxes gave it a rich finish while still keeping the wood light.

IMG_5595 See how the waxes picked up the variances in the wood.

IMG_5585 I am going to hang on to this table for awhile. I would really like to find a place for it in my home.

Well I am off to finish putting away Christmas decorations. I decided to leave my Christmas tree up until the end of the month. I enjoy looking at it at night so I am going to extend it for a couple more weeks! Why not….

One thought on “Snowstorm, chill out, catch up!!

  1. Another beautiful project completed by fabulous Lori! Love reading about all her adventures through creativity!

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