Redwood decks and fences are very attractive, as in the picture below.
But not quite as attractive when it’s on the top of a dining room table.
When you only pay $70 for a dining room table, you don’t mind a little extra work.
And work it was to make the redwood look disappear
Sanding with a hand sander……..
and more sanding
and carefully sanding to not damage the wood.
After sanding, I washed it down with Murphy oil soap and let it dry overnight.
Then the moment of truth…..to stain or not to stain. It would have been a piece of cake to just paint over the redwood color with chalk paint. But I really wanted the wood to show through. As much as I sanded, there were still traces of red.
After testing several stains, the winner is………………… Antiquing glaze.
The rich, warm brown of the glaze was absolutely a perfect match. Red is all gone.
And I’m having loads of table scape fun.