Can you believe this vintage end table is wearing nothing but a finishing oil?
And today’s post shares all the super-easy details.
End Table Makeover in Natural Finishing Oil
If somebody would had told me I’d become such a stain-and-seal fan, I wouldn’t have believed it. But this is my third piece and I’m absolutely loving the product and the look.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.
This makeover starts with an end table that is about 45 years old, made of solid wood (althought not all the same wood), has sleek lines and rock-solid joints. The stamp on the underside says it was made by Lane. Remember this company from way back when? Turns out, they are still around. Amazing….after all these years, but I found them online. So a big shout-out to Lane.
Anyhoo, this little table seemed totally perfect for the basement TV viewing area.
And, it was in great shape until the great water debaucal of 2018. When the AC broke and water soaked the basement floor, water wicked up the legs and stained the finish, but didn’t really hurt the wood. I didn’t even turn the damage in to the insurance. I know! I probably should have, but y’all, I just knew……I can fix that.
End Table Makeover in Natural Finishing Oil
Step One: Clean
As with any makeover, the first step is always to clean every square inch of the piece with a cleaner/degreaser. I like to use Simple Green or a TSP-like product made by Fusion Mineral Paint. The Fusion product is so ecofriendly, it doesn’t even need to be fully rinsed off. I’ll add a link in the resources if you’d like to read more about the Fusion product. Simple Green is also really good and available everywhere, including Amazon.
Step Two: Sand
After the piece is thoroughly dry, it’s time to sand off the old finish. And here’s the good news. With this table, sanding was pretty simple. I used the hand sander (80-grit) on the flat sections and the smaller Mouse sander (80-120 grit) on the smaller sections. For the legs, sandpaper (120-grit) was wrapped around the legs and sanded with the curve.
And here is the table completely sanded to raw wood. I wasn’t expecting the super-light wood around the edges. What a fabulous surprise. This is when I knew, absolutely no stain…only sealer for this little gal.
But before moving on, let’s chat more about sanding techniques. I share in detail about sanding to prepare for paint and to prepare for stain on this buffet server makeover.
And more sanding tips follow for the dining set makeover. I do suggest to read both posts (they are short) because each post addresses how to prep wood for a stain and seal product when dealing with different woods, the original finishes and shapes of pieces.
Step Three: Stain and Seal
The product used on the end table is the same as the product on the buffet and dining set except that the color is Natural, which makes this more of a sealer and a little less of a stain and sealer. And just for clarity, Homestead House is the parent company of Fusion Mineral Paint, so even though the labels are different, it is the same product line.
Apply Stain and Finishing Oil
The Finishing Oil is easily applied using a throw away chip brush.
Apply one thin coat so that the wood is well-covered, but not so much so that the oil pools or runs.
Wait 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe back the oil using a clean, soft cloth.
Then I left the piece to dry overnight.
The next day, the piece was gently buffed with a piece of steel wool and wiped down with a clean, soft cloth.
Then a second coat of Finishing Oil was applied.
After 5 minutes, the application was wiped back using a clean, soft cloth.
Wiping the piece helps to marry the oil to the wood and enriches the finish.
One thing worth noting is that the final finish isn’t totally clear. It’s slightly yellow. So do be aware of this if you are looking to seal your piece without any stain color at all. I was kind of sad to lose the white wood around the edges, but was so happy with the overall finish (look and durability) that I didn’t worry about the slightly yellow tint.
Step Four: Dry Time
It takes about 72 hours for the Finishing Oil to fully dry. I set my table aside for several days and let it dry and then cure. It will have heavy use in the basement so I wanted the tough seal in place before the guys started using it. And note, this sealer does not sit on top of the wood to form a barrier, it penetrates the wood to seal. This makes the overall look very natural and organic.
And that’s really all there is to it.
As the TV room nears completion, this table will be staged for photos with the room reveal. I’ll swing back and add a fully staged photo later this Fall.
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