Thank goodness for dogs. I was officially sucked into the black hole that is my couch and DVR. Remote in hand and snacks within arm’s reach, I’d found myself sucked into the darkness for almost two hours. Were it not for a cute lab and a snuggly boxer, I might never have found my way out!
Duty calls… had to take them outside to potty. I decided to pop in my shed and have a looksie at my pedestal table I finished staining a couple of weeks back. On impulse, I grabbed a brush and can of poly and got to work! After 8pm / Before bed is the perfect time to dive into a project right?
I don’t know much about poly’ing… in fact, I’ve only done it once before. My island makeover (see that here) was my first attempt and I think it turned out pretty good. I can’t speak to other types of poly, but I CAN say that so far I like this stuff! Low odor, dries fast and pretty simple to use. It’s called Minwax Polycrylic. Before picking it out, I stood in the aisle at Walmart and read every. label on every. can. Obsessed with reading directions? Maybe!
The labels say DON’T SHAKE and use smooth, thin coats. I whole-heartedly agree. Also, don’t over-brush. It dries quickly so you have to keep moving!
The grain on my table comes to a point in the center. I decided my best plan of attack was to follow the grain to the center with my brush and then go back and do the border very last. To give you an idea of just HOW quickly it dries, I worked in a pie shape around the table and when I got back to the start of my pie, the beginning edge was already drying. Wow. I quickly slapped on the border and grabbed my camera so I could snap you some pictures!
So here’s where she stands tonight… after catching my 2nd wind at 8:30pm. Drying with her first coat of poly:
I love how the poly brings out the grain of the wood. It almost made the table top seem brighter. If you remember back to Part 3, I was worried it was too dark. Careful what you wish for! I wanted darker and I GOT DARKER! I had added some ebony stain to my dark walnut and let me tell you… a little goes a long way with that stuff. Wowza. Putting the first coat of poly on really put me at ease. I’m starting to picture it with a painted base and I’m excited. Woop!