As you can see here
So I got out the sander and worked some magic on it. I used the Dremel to sand the edges. When I was finished I went over the whole table surface with a block sander by hand and it made a huge difference in giving it that glassy smooth finish.
I want you all to picture the dust. Yep it was bad! It took me three days to sand the table top completely and then I had to spend a couple of hours cleaning every. last. surface. It was too cold outside to work in the backyard or garage so I just did it in the dining room and we survived.
I used this stain and varnish combo made by Circa 1850 on the table surface.
I wiped it on in a circular motion and then immediately wiped it off with another cloth in the direction of the grain.
So now the table was looking pretty good, but there was still one thing that really bothered me - the sag in the middle of the table. In the two photos below you can see that the tabletop is not level and that there is a gap in the apron between the two sections.
After some contemplation and discussion the easiest and best solution was to use clamps on either side of the table underneath to hold the two parts of the table together. You can't see them or feel them unless you actually go under the table. That way we can just release them when we want to put leaves in the table for when the whole family is over and yes, the table will sag then, but that isn't very often and we can live with that.
See how close the two halves are? Not perfect but definitely good enough to make me happy. Brilliant, eh?
And here is the finished table in all its glory.
I had the table set with our glass pumpkin in the middle when my mother brought some flowers over from a wedding she performed. Did I ever tell you my mother is a minister (retired now)? She says this wedding was her last one, but who knows. The flowers looked lovely so I took some more photos with the bouquet in the middle of the table.
And a final before and after.
I love the change. Now we just need to get some chairs (and thanks for all your input on which IKEA chairs would look best - we are going with #2, if they feel comfortable that is).
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