We cannot condone couch inequality.
So square table we needed. Or circular I suppose.
Therefore I was very excited when I finally found one! I mentioned that we got it in the recent goodwill post for $4.50:
We desperately need a rug too.
It was filthy, had deep scratches all over it, faded varnish and several chunks of it were missing. I can see why they priced it so low.
But, I was
desperate enlightened and could see the loveliness within. Hopefully.
So I sanded back all of the varnish with a block sander, then went over the top with our mouse sander to smooth out the deep gouges and chunks. When I went to wipe off the dust from it with a damp cloth I was greeted with this promising sight!
What? You don't do your furniture on a penguin fluffy christmas blanket?
Again, this is just the results of a wet rag.
Next, we oiled it up using Natural Danish Oil and that's it! It took 3 saturating coats but I think it looks 100x better now, don't you?
Flash shot - shows off the buttery sheen the oil gives it.
I LOVE the wood grain. The legs still need a little work. They are a different, lighter, wood than the top (which is walnut I think according to some internet comparisons).
Just ignore the clashing wood tones and imagine we have a rug between the table and floors.
I love the table now. I do worry it doesn't really "fit" in since most of our furniture is more cottage-y. Oh well, if I find another square one with a better shape then I can just sell this. So long as I get more than $5 for it then I've made a profit!
I've got a tutorial ready to show how to even use danish oil so I'll post that sometime tomorrow. It's completely fool proof don't worry. AND you can usually do it inside too. :)