However, almost every time my husband and I sat down we'd comment on the poor job the previous owner did on the sanding and staining. I would not say I am an expert at all, but I have been taught by my patient husband how to let the sander do the work and not make crazy divets in the wood.
I knew it was going to be a major chore to get all the stain off and then sand it down til it was smooth again. Not to mention the staining process and more. So, when do you suppose I'd attempt to work on this? The week before Revival.... before tons of company....when we needed a reliable kitchen table the most. 😂
That's how projects happen around these parts. Oh, and the stool makeovers that I posted recently, well, let's just say they were in the garage at the same time! 😕 My kids and husband totally laughed at my not thinking this crazy process through before diving in head first.
I used Citristrip to help make getting the poly and stain lifted from the table top easier. It actually does most of the work for you.
I used the minwax wood finish dark walnut stain for my stain and the minwax fast-drying Polyurethane clear gloss for my finish. Two coats of the poly was perfect. And, I used the sponge for this step too.