Farmhouse Dining table with oxidized finish (first project)

Submitted by shelymrfy on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 13:15

This was my first building project. All in all I'd say it was pretty easy. My husband had to help me on some parts because sometimes you just need more than 2 hands! I love my table and can't wait to start my next project. This was pretty large scale so I think I'll tackle something smaller next time.

Estimated Cost
$100 for wood and screws
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine 2x4s, Douglas Fir 4x4s
Finish Used
Two coats of strong black tea on white woods (pine) and then steel wool and vinegar solution. I sealed it with Polycrilic and I have to say I wouldn't use this again for this finish. The finish before the Polycrilic had the perfect gray/aged wood tones I was going for and the Polycrilic gave the wood an orange tone that took away from the overall finish. I think next time I do this finish I will use clear wax as a sealer.
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Sun, 01/25/2015 - 08:15

Glad to get some tips on natural staining and finishing. I hate having to use chemicals.