Is it possible to "AGE" a table top?


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Old 09-08-11, 10:04 AM
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Is it possible to "AGE" a table top?

Hi,

I was given a beautiful formal and large table top from a relative who saw it at a scratch and dent shop. She knew I was looking for a large table to host family gatherings (4 daughters+ 4 spouses + many grandchildren). This very long rectangular table came with 2 additional leaves, so it could be perfect for us. BUT, first I need to track down some pedistal legs, and I need to know if I can "age" or "country-fy" this table top.

Can anyone give me any ideas for how to age or do something to this table top to make it feel less formal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 09-08-11, 10:09 AM
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By sanding the edges and beating the top with chains and other objects to simulate wear ??
Maybe apply a coat of satin poly so it's not as shiny.

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Old 09-08-11, 10:54 AM
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Thank you for the welcome. I love DIY.

My husband and I talked about sanding it, the chain thing is a touch Iím sure he will love to try as a technique. Is there any particular brand of Satin poly you would recommend? We are both very new to this, but very desperate to make this table work in our dining area.
 
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Old 09-08-11, 04:05 PM
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Minwax is a decent poly and easy to find. You do want to test it in a hidden area just to make sure it's compatible with the finish. I'd recommend using the oil base version as it dries to a harder film and usually bonds better to most finishes. After you've verified that the poly will work, lightly sand the whole top with 220 grit to promote good adhesion. You may need a rougher grit on the edges to get the distressed look you want.
 
 

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