Refinishing a dining table & accs.
Hi. I tried to do a search, but the search engine is apparently still down. So, my question is: My sister has a really cute little dining table, 4 chairs & a bench set that she's giving to me. It is finished in a light color, I would say Pine and I would like to refinish it in a darker oak color... How do I go about this?
The table has some nicks in it here & there & is quite dirty from being stored, so I know I need to give it a good cleaning, but what's best to use? It has a smooth finish, polyurethane (sp?) I assume, so do I need to strip this off or can I just sand? You'll have to excuse me, I'm a girl & don't know much about this kind of stuff, but I'm really excited to get started!
OK, after the new stain is on, if I make it that far, what to you put over that for a protective finish? Poly?
I really want to do this myself & do a good job, so if anyone can help me I'd appreciate it immensely! TIA!