Restoring Our Dining Room Table


1.DR TableOur dining room table — perhaps like yours? — does more than just provide us with a place to eat.  It’s where our sons have done their homework, where Leigh Ann works on craft projects, where I read the paper, and where we actually eat sometimes, too. But after ten years, the finish was in need of some attention. If you would like to see what I did to rescue it, you can read more right here.

With everything removed, the wear looks even worse. Without help, before long those worn areas would be black rings and deep water marks — much more serious and harder to remove!

My first step was to give it a good cleaning with Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner, a quick and easy cleaner for unwaxed wood cabinets, furniture, doors, paneling, painted wood, and trim. You simply spray and wipe with a clean, damp sponge or cloth.

Since I was working indoors, I opted for the Minwax® Water Based Wipe-On Poly, a durable clear finish that combines polyurethane protection with classic hand-rubbed beauty.

And its easy to apply. Just pour a small puddle on the old finish and begin rubbing it into the wood.

As you can see, the Wipe-On Poly immediately adds more protection, shine, and life to the old finish.

It just took me a few minutes to rub a liberal coat of the Water Based Wipe-On Poly across the entire table top.

A final pass with my applicator rag going in the direction of the grain of the wood erased any application marks and smoothed out the finish before it dried. The Water Based Minwax® Wipe-On Poly did not have any strong odor, and dried in a matter of minutes.

By the time I cleaned up, checked my emails and took the dogs for a walk, the finish was dry to the touch — and looked as good as it did when I built my table. So, when your dining room table starts showing its age, give either the oil based or the water based version of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly a try.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!


PS – Be sure to check out the Minwax® Facebook page for even more tips on wood staining and finishing.

2 comments on “Restoring Our Dining Room Table

  1. Marty Walden

    Love this information! I’m Marty from Marty’s Musings and I’m going to Snap! for the first time this year. My husband is a painting contractor and we DIY together. I also write about crafts, home decor, reicpes and family. Thank you so much for helping sponsor the conference!

  2. Taralyn Parker

    As luck would have it, I have two dining room tables in need of some help! The Wipe-On Poly looks like the perfect product for me to try out first.

    My name is Tara Parker and I blog at Keep Moving Forward With Me – I am excited to meet you at SNAP and learn more fabulous tips!

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