I usually love to paint my furniture and then distress it, but this time I decided to stain it..I used the "Miniwax", Red Mahogany 225 and LOVED the way it turned out. I only used one coat, because it was deep and rich with just the one. Then used the "Miniwax" Polyurethane , clear semi gloss. I did 2 coats on the whole table and then an extra coat on the top.
I decided I wanted to have an exposed bolt, I loved the way it turned out.
The grains of the wood turned out fantastic with the stain, gorgeous lines.
I decided to make a matching bench. My thoughts were to make 2 matching benches, so the kids could each have one, then on LONG bench. I just winged making this one and my measurements were a little off in size. But, it still works. Now, I just need to make my second one :0)
I used a variety of plans to make these from Ana White, her BLOG makes you feel like you can make ANYTHING!!! I LOVE it...
Have fun and build the perfect furniture for your house.