Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Counter Refinish #2

My attempt to refinish the kitchen counter using beeswax and mineral oil was a dismal failure. Even before we left Santa Fe, the counter was riddled with water, soap and rust stains--the more natural finish just wasn't waterproof enough for such a heavily used surface. While in Ithaca, we were able to borrow a sander from our friends at The Dacha Project and refinish the counter a second time. The remnants of that nasty black stain remained after a thorough sanding, so we opted to stain the wood before applying high-gloss urethane to the surface. Much less environmentally friendly, but the surface is protected now.


Laughter Incorporated said...

Looks beautiful, but I hope the fumes didn't get you too badly!

BOB said...

Unfortunately for counter/table tops there is nothing better than Polyurethane for water protection. They do make a water based poly that is a bit better on the lungs and is much easier clean up. For all my wood (other than the table tops) I use 5-6 coats of 100% Tung Oil and then 4 coats of my homemade Tung/Linseed/Beeswax paste. (Only use 100% Tung Oil as "Tung Oil Finishes" contain little or no Tung Oil and mostly varnishes and solvents.) Its a great renewable and non-toxic finish. Once every 2 or 3 years I buff on another coat of the Tung/Linseed/Beeswax paste... looks brand new!

jimmycrackedcorn said...

That looks wonderful!

Angela_From_Texas said...

It looks really beautiful. I found your blog in a round about sort of way. I have gone back and read all about your adventures. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Enjoy your travels!