We have a six-seater farmhouse table that's currently painted all white and looking like it's in need of a new lease of life. We're wanting to sand down and return the table top to its natural pine and stain it, and have the rest recoated with a fresh coat of white.
Does anyone have any recommendations as to whether I should varnish, oil or wax the table top? I enquired about this at a local pine factory and was told to use wax on it, but just trying to gauge what would give the best overall finish.
Hi, I waxed my pine dining table, and while it gives a nice mellow finish, it takes a lot of upkeep, and is easily stained. I have to be careful to use coasters and placemats. Any water or oil left on it will mark. I have also used Fiddes Hard Wax Oil on a reclaimed pitch pine worktop and also a small mahogany table top which I stripped and use in my kitchen, and it has given a hardwearing, satin finish, which so far has proven quite durable. It doesn't look hard or unnatural either. I've used Danish oil on a reclaimed teak worktop, and that is quite hardwearing too, but I don't know how that would affect the look of the pine. It may make it look quite yellow. Out of the three, I would go with the Fiddes myself. Hope this helps.
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