Refinishing tips please?
I just got this for -- brace yourself -- $8 off Craigslist tonight! I am SO excited about this great find. The man even delivered it several blocks to my house and carried it upstairs to my kitchen for me, if you can believe. Bless his heart!
The man told me it's solid oak and I believe that is correct. However, I think it might have a veneer on the top just for looks.
It had paint on it in several places on the top, and some scratches, one of them fairly deep. It also has some scratches on the side of the top and on the feet that I haven't messed with yet. So I've taken my little orbital (?) sander to the top already.
It had a few raised up places, which is why it reminded me of veneer. I started sanding them, and they immediately turned into blonde dots on the piece. As I continue to sand, going slowly, they are blending back in but I'm seeing some discoloration in a ring around them. Could this be that I'm going through a veneer at a different angle -- a slightly lifted angle?
If it is a veneer, I sure don't want to go through it. So do I need to sand until it all looks perfect? Or should I stop sanding with "fairly blended in?"
Here is what I'm seeing on the areas I haven't blended in enough yet:
Here is what I'm seeing on areas where I've blended it in better. Should I keep going or is this good enough once I put the stain on?
On the sides of the top and on the feet should I sand those areas? I think the piece does have some sort of protective varnish over it, polyurethane or something. Or is there an easier/gentler way to tackle those scratches without sanding?
When I'm done sanding the top, what should I put on it to make it closely match the rest of the piece?
Thanks for any tips you can give me!