Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Finishing Touches

It has been a long, long time since we've made any mention of our ginormous table and a while since we've done anything with our matching bench. Due to the frigid weather we endure November through April, we hadn't much of an opportunity to put any of the finishing touches on either piece of furniture, and then due to crazy-busy-life we got a little side-tracked from house things in general.

Now with the weather being substantially warmer and drier we were able to lug the 40+lbs gargantuan pieces outside for some stain and poly.

For the record the whole point of building a big, solid wood table (and bench) was for the whole 'rustic' appeal, however, Mr. Burly Lumberjack thinks that 'distressing' wood to create a faux-rustic look is, and I quote "stupid." Seriously? Apparently Mr. Burly Lumberjack is not up with the times and trends of modern homes, despite the multiple subscriptions that are jammed into our tiny mailbox on a monthly basis.

I decided to 'distress' the wood a little anyway. Dragging the bench out onto our current barbecue deck, I went at it.  One hammer, a bag of old screws & hinges and a pair of broken needle nosed pliers were all it took. I didn't go overboard but kept it sparring and random. Most of the marks of 'character' were inflicted by tossing a bag of screws and nails against the boards.

When J got home from work, he surprised me by saying that he actually liked how it had turned out, despite my commandeering the design choice on this one. With the green light given to turn the same 'artistic process' on the table, J and his friend D moved the beast out onto the deck as well. 

I honestly didn't think it would fit, but with a little re-arranging & the removal of the barbecue, we were good to go. 

night pictures do no justice to the goodness of this stain job.
It only took about an hour and a half to put a coat on the entire top & underside of our huge table. Yes you read that right. I stained the underside of the table. Why? because I am insane like that. That's why. Finishing a job like this in the dark is kind of sucky, because you can't genuinely tell what the finished result is. What sucks even more is when a 20% chance of rain turns into a midnight drizzle that gets you out of bed, jammies and all, scrambling to cover up your brand-spanking new stain job.

I was not impressed. 

Shoving the idea of the few splatters of rain completely screwing up my stain job I went to bed, telling myself that there's nothing to do about it now, just wait and see how things turn out in the morning.

Luckily the stain was about 99% dry before it started raining and that there wasn't any huge collateral damage in the morning. Re-sanding and re-staining the table within 24 hours of doing it the first time would have been just awful. 

J was nice enough to flex his burly lumberjack muscles and slap on a few thin coats of poly on behalf of my sore neck and gimp-wrist. 

The end result, our perfectly-imperfect hand made rustic farmhouse table and bench. 

Image ©Martina Bjarneson 2011

Image  © Martina Bjarneson 2011

Now just imagine it without the construction fallout in the background and it's progress.