I got a 48" round oak table with a lovely pedestal base. As you can see, the finish on the top was in poor shape.
And six of these gorgeous pressed-back chairs. They are the first of this design that I've seen!
I wiped all the chairs down with Liquid Sander/Deglosser. It's wonderful for curvy spindles and the like. One chair required some repair work, but then I set up my "assembly line."
I sanded the top of the table down to bare wood. I am never afraid of a poor finish on the top--that just makes it easier to sand down! More to be scared of are those thick, ultra-durable finishes that take hours to sand off. The base and apron were painted black.
There's not too much to be excited about when the chairs are completely painted in flat black. At this point, you might wonder what you have done...
But then you attack them all with sandpaper and a few coats of polyurethane, and look what you have instead!
Without the leaf, you have a pretty round table to seat four:
My kids got all excited when I brought this one in the house to take pictures (it's sitting in our front room at the moment), and asked if we were going to keep it...
If I thought I could keep it all to myself...and not have to sit at a table that always seems perpetually jam-sticky...I just might!
This dining set has SOLD.