Several years ago, when honey colored oak when VERY stylish, (of course) we purchased a larger dining table for our ever-growing family.
Now, since honey colored oak is no longer very stylish, and at the suggestion of my stylin' daughter, Ali, I decided to make a change. And we are all very glad!
First, I started with the bar stools. A nice improvement, don't you think?
I lightly hand sanded the legs, and spray painted with a black satin finish. No drips! The top I sanded with a power orbital, removing the finish. I used dark walnut Min-Wax Wood Finish for the top, and finished with a couple coats of clear satin water-based polyurethane.
Then, I really got busy!
I sanded, and sanded and sanded and....well, you get it. It took a LOT of sanding for the top.
Looks better, right?
Again, I removed the finish and stained with the dark walnut, applying several coats of polyurethane to protect the top. I lightly sanded the legs and this time used a brush and satin finish black latex to paint the bottom part of the table the the four chairs.
So, for more than a week's worth of work, dinner in the living room, a mess in the house, and about $30 of materials, we have a new-t0-us table and chairs. I think Dave Ramsey would approve. So does Ali!