Off came the old stain!
And along the way, I flattened the table!
Then I began the aging process, aka cedar-geezering. To properly geezer my cedar, I’d need the following three stains:
I started with the Special Walnut, and slapped it on in the normal fashion.
I let that dry for about an hour, and then I continued my cedar-geezering by lightly applying Varathane Weathered Gray in a splotchy and haphazard manner.
I wiped the Weathered Gray off immediately.
I grayed out about 1/4 of the table before starting right in with the Varathane Kona. I just streaked the Kona here and there and immediately worked it in with the rag.
This process is more art than science, and your own eye must be your guide.
Once I had worked my way around the table, rubbing like a maniac, I pronounced the table well-and-truly Geezered. And man, were my arms tired! I think I geezered myself a little bit.
Yeah, yeah, I know. It says right there on the label not to thin it with mineral spirits, but c’mon people. Live a little.
When the table was ready, Handan and I carried it from the garage to the deck. Let me tell you something, folks. This table will withstand the apocalypse. Jeezum Crow, it’s heavy!
When we got to the deck stairs, I collared The Teenager to help on Handan’s side.
Up we went and placed it in its new home.
It then proceeded to rain pretty much non-stop for the next week.
Look, pooled water! The spar urethane works!
When the rain cleared, I was able to get some dry pics before the next round of storms rolled through.
It was a lot of work, but we love our new DIY farmhouse table!