When my mother-in-law passed away in December of 2010, while helping the family clean out her home, my husband and I decided to take home the pine trestle table that was in the dining room. At that time, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. With it's dark walnut stain, it clearly was purchased in late 70's. I am sure there were many memories seated around that table at mealtime. I remember sitting at it for my first holiday dinner, twenty-something years ago, when my husband and I were dating. Still, I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, so it sat in the garage for quite some time.
Two weeks ago, I decided to see if I could strip it and make it look like one of the beautiful reclaimed wood tables at Restoration Hardware. I purchased a bottle of Citri-Strip Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel. This stuff is great because it doesn't contain harsh chemicals or give off heavy fumes like other paint strippers I have used in the past. I followed the directions and applied a thick coat using a paintbrush, then let it set for about a half-hour. Using a plastic scraper, I began removing many layers of polyurethane. After applying a second coat of the stripper and letting it set, the dark walnut stain began to come off. After stripping the table, I sanded it smooth using my favorite tool, a random orbital sander. The final step was the application of a coat of beeswax paste to the top for protection.
I am very pleased with how it turned out, although the beeswax paste darkened it up a bit.
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