Saturday, February 9, 2013

Finishing the Tables...

Hubby and I both like books.  A lot of books.  If we like one that we've read, we don't want to part with it, so we've ended up with quite the collection.  When we purchased the home we are in now there was no one good place for them, so we decided to make one of the rooms into a library.  Fortunately for us, my father-in-law has a lifelong friend who is an expert with wood (and I don't think it's something he ever did for a living, but he sure could have if he had wanted to pursue that path).  That super kind man took the not-short drive to our house, assessed the situation and immediately got to work on creating a wall full of built-in bookshelves. Him, his friend (my f-i-l) and my husband went to Home Depot to pick up the supplies, and cut, sanded, stained, etc. well into the night.  Two days later, they were done and we couldn't have been more happy with the results.


Fast forward a few years...mm hmm, a few years, and hubby finally found the tables he wanted to put in the room (until that point we didn't have any because he didn't want to settle for the wrong tables...I wish I was kidding ;) ).  We diligently looked for tables for quite awhile, never finding what he wanted.

Out of the blue when he was at work he happened upon 'the tables' that he was looking for.  I guess he wanted something solid and chunky that wouldn't go out of style, not elegant... masculine almost, but still attractive?  Because that's what we ended up with.

The tables came home and sat around for a bit.  Last weekend he began to stain them...with the same color he used for the shelves.

Freshly coated...still wet.

They're coming along nicely, but hubby's never stained furniture before (besides the bookshelves, but he had experienced help every step along the way with those), so we're wondering what to put on top of it to help ensure it doesn't get scratched up from regular wear and tear.

We have this:

But that's it...

I cannot help but feel like we should have something more...something stronger. I'm excited because after years of looking 'unfinished' we're super close to making that room an actual place we sit and visit, relax, or even entertain.  Woot!  Does anyone have suggestions?  Proven methods?  Ideas on what we should use on top of that polyurethane?  Or maybe we shouldn't use anything at all?  Any and all advice is most welcome.  :)

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  1. I have absolutely no tips for you because I am way to lazy to ever take on such a task myself, but the bookshelves came out awesome and I love that you found the end tables you wanted.

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    1. Thanks, we got lamps too... a rug and a chair and it'll be a real room. ;)

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  2. Wow all of this looks amazing!!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Slow and steady... steady and slow, lol. We'll get there. :)

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  3. That all looks great! I've refinished wood before, but it's been awhile. I usually ask my dad for a list before I do it. I know the process, but I don't know the names of everything.

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    1. Thanks, Alissa. We've so little experience w/everything, but we're learning bit by bit. My oldest is coming home for a visit soon and he's good at everything...wish he lived closer. :)

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  4. You don't really need anything on top of the polyurethane--that is your finishing, protective coat. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you. I'll tell hubby, he'll get a big kick out of you saying so. :)

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  5. Polyurethane - 2 coats - light sanding in between - that's it Rosey - they're looking great!
    We love books too - the house is crammed with them - I even use them to decorate with LOL
    XOX

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    1. They do make good decorations.

      I'll tell hubby to sand and put another coat on. I'll tell him you said so, he's not a 'blog man' but I make him look at your furniture sometimes, so he'll know who I mean. :)

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  6. I have not a clue as to what to tell you...
    but I will say...
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the bookshelves. I would love to have built in bookshelves whenever we get a house ;)

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    1. Thanks, Noelle. I love them too. I will miss them if we ever move, and we might move one more time before we retire.

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  7. Hey there!
    Just wanted to pop over and thank you for linking up with us at our first hop! Hope you meet some new bloggers and find some great content!
    Thanks again!
    Katie~
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  8. :) Thanks for the Follow hunny!!! Following back! <3

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  9. The bookshelves and end tables look great. We've stained a few smaller pieces like the corner cabinet for the TV but we never finished them with polyurethane, so not sure about that. I'll bet YouTube has 1,000 videos on the subject. :) Good luck with your library. Looking forward to seeing the completed room!

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    1. Thanks, Kristi. I'm excited to have it up and moving finally! It's really coming along.

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  10. Everything is looking GREAT!! How nice of your FIL friend to help with the book shelves.

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    1. He's a nice guy, and his friend is too. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Your library is going to look great Rosey! You are lucky to have such a talented father-in-law and your husband is doing very well too. All the very best with whatever else you have left to do.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. It's fun to get it moving.

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  12. That looks awesome, having your own library to chill in and read would be grand. Table looks great too, but yeah I have no idea what else, not very handy haha

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    1. Thanks, Pat. Now we need some furniture in there, besides just the couch. ;)

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  13. I'm IMPRESSED! And yes, your poly is your finishing coat. As someone previously offered, a coat of poly., a light sanding, and another coat of poly. and your finished, yay!

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I'm glad you and Suzan mentioned the light sanding because I don't think hubby would have known to do that at that step.

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  14. Very nice shelves and not really sure for advice. Kind of funny and cool that your husband had such a strong opinion.

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    1. Emmy...it took some getting used to... lol. Mr. Masculine, I never would have dreamed he'd have such a strong opinion about things in the house...but he does. He surely does. ;)

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  15. Ooooh, I am so jealous! It's my dream to have a room that I can build floor to ceiling bookshelves in. They look so awesome Rosey! I agree with the others. My hubby is handy with the wood. He built our coffee and end tables himself. The 2 coats of poly with the sanding in between is all you need.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. I think he's going to finish these today, and thanks to you guys knowing to sand, he'll be doing that too (super glad I posted because we probably wouldn't have done that).

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  16. They truly do look amazing. My father works with refinishing wood I should get some tips!!

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    1. You're lucky to have a family member who does it! Instant resources who are related are good...very GOOD. :)

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  17. I'm so glad he finally spotted some. This is all pretty exciting!!!

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    1. Not as exciting as your white carpet. :) We were brave enough to put white carpet in my daughter's room when she was little. No shoes were allowed and it still ended up yukky looking...so I'm totally jealous. I love the look of white carpet.

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  18. oh my sweet friend I don;t have any suggestions. But I bet you could find some tips on youtube. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  19. Table looks fantastic ~ !
    Carol of : (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  20. Those shelves are AWESOME! We have so many books and sadly they're all in boxes right now because we have no bookshelves to put them on. We want to build some built-ins so bad! Yours look fabulous.

    I think polyurethane should be enough on top of the stain. I'm no expert, but I think that would seal it well enough to prevent scratches and any other damage.

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    1. We had ours in boxes for awhile too, and when we did I missed them. ;)

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  21. Oh wow ... you did an amazing job! I am way too lazy for a project like that.
    I love books too :)

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    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    1. I'm glad books have a good following still...I like an e-book here and there, but the paper kind is my fave. :)

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  22. I think the book shelves look awesome! You are going to have a lovely room and lovely place for all your books!

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  23. You've done a great job. Our book shelf is so overcrowded. Time to do a cull I think :) Thanks for dropping by at www.meltingmoments.info

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  24. I am so jealous! Someday I will have bookshelves like that in a room of my house. I would love a library room. I hate parting with books, I have boxes of books at my house, my parents and my inlaws. :)

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
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    1. Hurray another book fan, I'm loving this! I thought I was turning into a dinosaur preferring the tangible copy over the e-reader selections. :)

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  25. Hi!
    You're going to have a wonderful Library!
    Love the color of the stain too.
    Pat

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. Hubby picked that too, lol, but I like it quite a bit. :)

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  26. That looks amazing, go hubby! I'd love to have a wall of built ins

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  27. WOW thats amazing! Thanks for visiting my site today. I love your book shelves, they are GRAND!

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  28. A girl after my own heart! Books and bookshelves are two of my favorite things! Your built-ins look awesome and will hold so many books!
    God bless,
    Laurie

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. You know they're filled to capacity with some placed on top of those standing up, lol. And we did put some aside to donate, but they're still full. We're def. book lovers over here too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  29. That will be a wonderful place to get work done. Good for you and your husband for taking the initiative to make the room fabulous!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Joyce. It will be nice to have that room finished.

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  30. I wish I could help you dahlin, but I have bookcase envy!

    I think those are the most darling gifts ever! What a wonderful man your father has!

    I would love to see the finished room in it's glory! So excited for you!

    We have so many books for the same reason and that is my aim to have wall to wall bookcases :)

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    1. I like where we live (except the cold weather) but if we moved I would survive...those bookcases though, I'd miss them. And the yard. :)

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  31. Those look great!

    I always tell my husband that if he gets a big garage with room to work at our next house, I get a library/craft room. :)

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  32. Hi again Rosey!
    Thanks a lot for linking up with Creative Monday. Have a good day.
    Judy

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Judy.

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