207. DIY Network

I certainly enjoy the conveniences of modern life, but at the end of the day, I really am a DIY kinda gal.  From food to furniture, I love to learn new skills and processes.  I can watch DIY Network for hours on end. 

My brother is an industrial tech teacher; so it’s pretty safe to say the man is skilled with a saw.  For months I asked him to make me a coffee table and end tables to replace my  cheaper than dirt Target coffee table and end tables. (Don’t get my wrong, these tables are great for what they are, but they’re basically a step up from cardboard.  I got them on sale and paid about $25 for all three.)

After months of badgering, my brother finally caved to my demands and made me tables.  There was one stipulation however.  I had to stain them myself.  I agreed to it immediately even though I had absolutely no idea how the hell to stain anything.

Thankfully I’ve got myself a boy who knows his way around a tool belt.  He escorted my clueless ass to Home Depot and helped me get everything I needed to make my tables happen.

I got the Minwax Bombay Mahogny stain and polyurethane combo (Which I am absolutely in love with so far!), brushes, polyurethane to give the table tops extra protection, and steel wool. 


Staining is quite possibly the most tedious process ever, and it takes days to do.  I fully understand why my brother insisted I stain these bad boys myself.

First you put one coat #1 which has to dry for at least 8 hours.  Then you “sand” it down with steel wool before the next coat.  You add coat #2 which also has to dry for at least 8 hours.  You continue this process for as many coats as you’d like.  I did two coats.

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I’m almost completely finished.  I just need to put the polyurethane on the top for extra protection.  All in all, I actually enjoyed learning how to stain and completing the project almost by myself.  That’s probably a good thing since I’ve got a bookcase coming up next!

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