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Wood Slab Coffee Table with Jenni of I SPY DIY

By: Guest Blogger

Minwax® has partnered with Jenni Radosevich of I SPY DIY. Her mantra is “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself.” See how she turned a wood slab into a stylish coffee table.

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Hey all! I am back from a glorious social-media-free long weekend feeling refreshed. Thanks so much for all the nice words and comments on last week’s post, and I am so sorry to hear that some of you are going through the same thing, it’s the worst. Now back to DIYing! I posted about my coffee table in my apartment tour post, and shared the story behind the wood slab, now it’s on to how to create your own. I was super excited when I found out that my local second hand store started selling unfinished wood. After finding the perfect piece, we got out the power tools to cut it down to size. More step after the break…

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I enlisted my Dad to come down to the studio with all his tools, and he was in charge of drilling in all the screws to hold the hairpin legs in place. Thrifting tip: I alway buy old furniture with hairpin legs, and take off the legs and repurpose. It’s usually cheaper then buying just the legs online!

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Next came the sanding…oh, the sanding. This took awhile, even with the power sander, because we wanted to get out all the grooves that were made when cutting the slab. That way the top surface would be completely flat. Be patient and stick with it, because it looks so great when it’s smooth!

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Next, wipe down your surface to remove all the sanding dust.

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I wanted a stain that would enhance the natural color of the wood, so went with Minwax® Wood Finish™ – Natural, and I absolutely love how the color turned out. It brought out all the character in the slab, giving it more depth and interest. Stir the stain thoroughly before applying it in the direction of the grain with a rag. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes for a rich, darker color. Use a clean cloth to remove the stain that has not been absorbed into the wood, while blending light and dark areas. Let dry for at least 8 hours.

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For more of Jenni’s DIY projects. Check out her blog I SPY DIY and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors

For years, anyone wanting to refinish their floors had no choice other than to use a standard, oil-based polyurethane finish, the same you would use on your furniture. Now, however, Minwax® makes an oil-based finish designed specifically for floors, called Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors.

For best results, sand off any existing finish to open the pores of the wood. I typically do my final sanding on a floor using #120-grit sandpaper on a regular belt sander to remove any scratches left by the upright floor sander.

I then use a bristle attachment on my shop vacuum to remove the dust between the boards. To be safe, I also do a final wipe down with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits.

One time I actually only used a four-inch natural bristle brush to finish an entire living room and dining room floor. But either a lambs-wool or synthetic pad applicator on a long pole will speed up the process and save wear and tear on your knees and back!

In addition to drying faster than standard polyurethane finishes, Polyurethane For Floors does not have to be sanded between coats, provided you apply next coat less than twelve hours later. (Note: picture was taken in decreasing light!)

Even though it does dry quickly, keep in mind that every finish needs time to “cure” and harden. To be safe, I wait 72 hours before moving the furniture back into the room (but you can walk in stocking feet after 12-18 hours). Drying and curing times are increased in high humidity, so always be cautious before using your freshly-finished floor.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

“Which Floor Is Yours?”

Everyone knows that hardwood floors add value to any home, but how much value depends on their condition. Before jumping into any floor project, it’s always a good idea to determine exactly how your floor rates — and what you can do to improve it.

Example #1 – This floor is still in great shape, but it’s also where Jasper laid down after taking a dip in the creek. It doesn’t need anything but a quick cleaning, and all I use is Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which is safe for the finish and won’t leave behind a soapy film.

Example #2 – If your floor has some real scratches and not just dirt, then I’d recommend Minwax® Hardwood Floor Reviver — a water-based, clear protective finish that can add three to six months more life to your polyurethane floor finish.

Example #3 – Sometimes your floor finish may be completely worn out: deep scratches, missing or flaking finish, or dark water stains. When that happens, its time for a total refinishing: sanding it down to bare wood, then an optional coat of stain to accent the grain, and two or three coats of a clear, durable finish designed specifically for floors.

If you prefer an oil-based clear finish, then I recommend Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane For Floors. In addition to improved drying times, it does not have to be constantly stirred. If it’s re-coated within 12 hours, it does not have to be sanded between coats.

But if you prefer a crystal clear, water-based finish for your freshly sanded floor, then consider using Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish. It dries fast, has very little odor, cleanup requires just soap and water, and it, too, does not require sanding between coats.

For complete instructions on any of these floor products, be sure to check them out at Minwax.com.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce