How can I finish a reclaimed pine, salvaged wod table?

alexbzOctober 4, 2012

I have this beautiful table from Restoration Hardware and I'd like to actually be able to eat on it and spill on it without changing the color if it (as much as possible). Any suggestions?? It's supposedly made from "reclaimed pine, salvaged from 100-year-old buildings in Great Britain" Thanks in advance!http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?type=finalSale&productId=prod180023&cm_ps=modal_add_to_cart-_-none-_-other_items_you_may_like

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mary_ruth

First, contact the company and ask what protective finish is already on there if any. Then you will know if anything you chose to do on top of that would react.
With a table like this, I would have it professionally done so that you do not change the tones when applying a sealer that might darken or Amber tone the wood.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 3:30AM
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HandyMac

Basically, oil based finishes will impart an amber tone---which is usually desired. Water based finishes do not make much difference in the wood color, if any at all.

Rather than buy a product like this at a hardware or home improvement store, it is generally better to buy at a paint store, since the stock there is usually rotated much more quickly and the chances of getting an out dated batch are slim.

Most paint stores also have folks with a better knowledge of what/how to use there products.

I prefer Sherwin Williams, but other brands are acceptable,

Here is a link that might be useful: Water based finish

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 10:31AM
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bobismyuncle

Any finish that I'm aware of that will provide protection will also significantly alter the look of this basically unfinished wood. Waxes or oils will affect it the least, but will also offer little to no protection.

I've just never understood the appeal of these tables that are one red Kool-Aid spill away from a disaster. The two main purposes of a finish are to enhance the appearance of the wood and protect it from damage.

BTW, RH recommends a wax finish, but they realize that it provides little protection.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 8:20PM
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sloyder

you could test a waterbased finish on the underside of the table to see if you like it. Other than that you should consider placemats and a table runner. My girlfriend bought a country pine table, and that is how she protects it.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 8:56PM
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brickeyee

"Any finish that I'm aware of that will provide protection will also significantly alter the look of this basically unfinished wood."

Water based polyurethane coatings have no real tint to them at all 9some now have yellow added so they appear more like older varnish).

you are looking for 'water white' or clear.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 2:36PM
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bobismyuncle

Even a "water white" finish is going to affect the look and feel of this piece. I've worked on several of these tables and there is no discernible finish on them. Just wipe the bottom with water, mineral spirits or denatured alcohol and you will see how the color will change.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 9:06PM
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brickeyee

"Even a "water white" finish is going to affect the look and feel of this piece."

But not the color.

It depends on what the OP is looking for.

Wax 'finishes' provide the least protection,. but leave the wood not all that changed in appearance look, or feel (unless you put it on thick enough and buff it to a high gloss).

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 9:00AM
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alexbz

Thank you for all of your feedback! It sounds like a "water white" finish will offer the most protection and will change it the least. Is that something that is easy to do yourself? Please excuse my ignorance!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 3:17PM
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bobismyuncle

Probably the easiest to find is going to be Deft brushing lacquer. They say the only mistake you can make is to put it on too thin. I'm not sure about that statement, they may just want you to buy a lot of it.

But definitely try it out on the bottom first to make sure you like the results.

It's also easy to refresh if you want to spruce it up in a few years -- clean well and recoat.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 11:34AM
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bobismyuncle

addendum: Waterborne finish are really "cool" often shifting to blue color. And they are not that easy to apply without leaving brush strokes unless you are spraying. Do not over brush and allow time for it to flow out -- don't try to brush out defects after a minute as they set up very quickly.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 11:36AM
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alexbz

Thank you again - great tips. I'll try to find a spray if possible and will spray the underside first.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:08PM
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alexbz

I just ready a little bit about Deft and it sounds complicated. Do you think I can get someone experienced to do this for me? If so, any suggestions on where I could find someone with experience? I live in Long Island, Nassau County. Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:15PM
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tennisfan

Wondering what you ended up doing. I just got a salvaged wood RH table, too, and based on research and some other posts on this site, I ended up using Rubio monocoat oil. It's still drying/curing, but it looks gorgeous. It darkened the wood quite a bit, but it also brought out the grain and I think it looks far better than it did unfinished. From what I've read, the Rubio monocoat should be a good protection, but I can not say from experience as I have not used my table yet. The reasons I chose that product: 1) I am a complete novice at furniture/wood work and it only required one coat and no sanding if you did not want to sand out the rough spots and 2) it has no VOCs, and as I had to do the work in my house, I felt better about not having toxic fumes to be concerned with. Downside to the product is that as far as I could find, it was not available locally and I had to order it online (it was not cheap!) so I was nervous about that. But so far so good!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 10:50AM
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Miki601

Can anyone tell me how their experiences with protecting a salvaged wood table worked for them? I am looking to puchase one as well from RH and am interested in the best ways to protect. I've heard alot of people use Rubio Monocoat but am interested in other options as well.
Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 6:38PM
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