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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Refinishing a Table

I really need to write about half-assing your way through home improvement and/or life in general.

I am really good at making my home look like I spent a lot of time tending to my decor etc.. when in fact, I am a bit of a fraud.

I am not good at painting, restoring, fixing, and anything else that goes along with home decorating.

I make it nice, as Dorinda from Real Housewives of NYC would say.

I create the illusion of complete serenity as chaos looms underneath the surface.

I have a Pinterest board FULL of splendid ideas to make my home even more homier.

Have I tried most of them? No.

I underestimated how many times one would need a saw to “do it yourself” in your home, and I think we both know I have no business being anywhere around a saw executing any type of project.

Oh sure, there are little projects around my home that I know I could do but man, that takes time and energy and planning.

For example, our dining room table.

It has a problem in that we actually use it and have for over 13 years.

We rarely cover it up with a tablecloth unless it’s a birthday or holiday.

So it has seen lots of potlucks, barbeques, hot pizza boxes, glue, and playdoh in its time.

If my dining room table could talk, oh the things it would say.

“Put a coaster under that” is the first one that comes to mind.

In fairness to myself, my mom and I talked about refinishing the table this past summer.

But then homeschool happened, and as much as I love doing so, it’s a TON of work.

Pre-homeschooling, I had glorious plans of refinishing my table, replacing the bathroom floors (long story for another day), and the like but those projects got put on the back burner for more important projects.

Raising human lives. 

dining room table

So the table was just staring at me one Sunday afternoon as I was cleaning it off after dinner and I felt bad for it.

Poor table, you’ve been so good to us over the years.

I needed to do something!

So I headed to the hallowed halls of Google to ask if there was something I could do to save the table on a budget and without having to spend an entire week working to revive it.

I found a guy on YouTube who also didn’t want to spend a lot of time making his wood look shinier.

I could have worded that better. 

But this is the point I am trying to make, his wood looked better after using only one, I repeat, ONE item!

Again, could have worded that a lot better.

And what is that one item, you ask?


Just kidding but wouldn’t it be amazing if that were it??


No, this is the one thing:

Old English Scratch Cover For Dark Woods Polish 8 oz
Courtesy of Amazon

Old English Scratch Cover

Now, I need to be transparent and let you know that if you click on that link above I get money from Amazon. Not a lot of money, in fact, I may not even see that money until spring but it needs to be said because bloggers can be shifty. Shitty too, but that’s a post for another day.

I also need to tell you that getting that .02 cents was not my motivation for writing this post.

Trust me.

No, I want to share with you how you too can be very lazy this holiday season while getting ready for guests.

I mean you could just put a tablecloth on it but why not let your wood shine this holiday season?

Here is the before:

dining room table

And after two applications, here is the after:

dining room table

Here is another section before:

dining room table

dining room table

It looks like a whole new-ish table.

dining room table

There are pumpkins on my table because that is how fast I get on posts around here.

I love that my table looks like brand new-ish again.

I hope it feels like brand new-ish again.

Go forth and make your wood look really nice because guests are coming and they will be judging your wood.

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I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.


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