|The finished table.|
I just wanted to do a quick before & after post on this lovely kitchen table I restored for a client. The table had originally belonged to the client's grandmother and she had memories of sitting there doing her homework after school and having supper with her family. It meant a lot to her that the same table and chairs are now in her home after all these years. There are some photos below of the table top and the two tables leaves when I picked it up. Sadly the years hadn't been so kind; the original polish had worn away and there were lots of oil stains, ink stains and white heat marks which you would kind of expect given the usage over the years.
|This is the first leaf with a large white heat stain.|
|This is the second leaf with a few smaller ink and oil stains.|
|And this is the main table top with numerous stains!|
To start this process I went to work on the main stains on the table top and the two leaves. The client specifically requested that it not be returned in a pristine condition as she wanted the table to retain some of the markings that had developed over the years. So I didn't take them too far back - just enough to kind of even it out. There were some deep scratches that I grain-filled but I left most of the smaller ones alone.
Once the stains were removed, I polished the surfaces using pale shellac. I think I did about 20 coats in the end. Since the client didn't want it too perfect I left it at that - just enough to match it to the table legs which had retained the original polish.
Here is a photo of the main table top surface and the second table leaf once the stains were removed and the final coat of polish was applied:
|Table top with polish on.|
|The second table leaf with polish on.|
I left the last coat of polish to dry over night. Luckily the room I use as a workshop has the boiler in so it's relatively warm and dry. I waxed the table top and leaves the following morning using some clear wax polish (a blend of carnuba and beeswax) and then left it to sit. I delivered it the following day and buffed the wax polish once I was at the client's house where I also went over the legs and base of the table.
Here are the photos of the finished table:
I think the finished table looks great and best of all the client was really happy with how it turned out - another happy west egg customer... such a good feeling!
Thanks as always for reading and for your support. Have a great week!
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