During a quick stop to see if any vintage treasures that we could not live another day without had hit the shelves of one of our regular hunting stops, Jerry was chatting with the ladies. While chatting with Nora (she always asks about projects and I think she even peeks at my blog here and there), he offered to build a rustic farmhouse style console table that her daughter had seen on Pinterest (Jerry didn’t make exactly like this one from Liz Marie Blog, but pretty close. Click to view her post, great pictures, and instructions). The timing of the project couldn’t have been better, Jerry needed some thinking time, and building something lets his mind wonder around to think things through.
Staining whole pieces of furniture has not been my strong suit. After refurbishing a few pieces by sanding, applying boiled linseed oil and small bits of touch up stain on furniture, I felt like I could give this piece a go.
After Jerry finished his part by building the table, it was my turn. I applied a coat of the linseed oil over the entire piece (actually, Jerry was stuck with this part too and hated every second of it). I didn’t have time the same day, so the next morning I started to stain. Using the same rag the first coat of linseed oil was applied with, I dipped it in the stain and started to apply. While rubbing the stain on, when it wasn’t pliable (I think that’s the best word), I would add a dab of linseed oil to get the stain moving around again for an even finish. I think this has been the missing trick.
I left the piece ovenight again to dry, the next day Jerry went over the almost finished rustic console table with a fine steel wool. The steel wool removes the extra globs and evens out the finish. Because this is a rustic farmhouse look, it wasn’t necessary to add a top coat; I finished it off with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish. I don’t get compensated or gifts to say nice things about this varnish. It is just awesome!
TIP: Be sure to lay your linseed oil rags out on a non-flammable surface. There are warnings on the can, but I get a little paranoid of that spontaneous combustion thing happening. Place your rags in a metal container. Worst thing you could do is wad them up and place on a wood bench.