A while back I took a $5 garage sale find and refinished the top using Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil. This was my first time using hemp oil, and so I thought I would share a bit of the process with you. I painted the base out in a semi-gloss black, and I love the contrast with the wood top.
I think most of us have seen these types of tables- and the classic finish found on many mass assembled tables from popular furniture stores.
I gave the top a good sanding to remove the finish. The table top is a wood veneer on the centre, so I made sure not to go too deep. The outside band is solid wood. Once I had the base painted out black, I moved onto the top. I tried toning down the yellow with a little bit of “oiled down” grey wash stain… but wiped most of it off. I am a total trial and error girl when it comes to refinishing wood- I mix a little of this, and a little of that until I am happy with the look!
I didn’t mind the uneven tones in the wood, and liked that the dark grain around the outside edge picked up the black in the legs.You can see how much the hemp oil hydrates the wood! I just used a brush to apply the oil, waited for it to soak in then used a lint free rag to wipe off any excess.I am pretty happy with how it turned out, though I sometimes worry about spills and coffee rings. This table is in our office at Maker House Studio- so I am thinking about sealing it with a satin clear coat at some point- just so I don’t have to worry about it!
For a $5 table, I am pretty happy with the transformation. I also have to mention that Matt is the one who picked this one up! He seems to have a gift for sourcing cheap tables. Can’t wait to show you the chairs I brought into this space.