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Christmas Home Tour 2016

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Welcome!  I’m so excited you’re here for my Christmas Home Tour.  It’s Day Two of the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour hosted by The DIY Mommy, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post so you can visit all the other beautiful homes.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My front door is all dressed up for Christmas, I’ll be sharing more about it tomorrow for our #12monthsofdiy -so be sure to come back and see how I used yarn this year.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Now, come on in where it’s warm.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The first room in our house is the dining room.  I’ve just finished re-doing it for the One Room Challenge -you can read all about it here.  It was a big job, but I’m so glad I did.  It was so fun to decorate my new white and bright Scandinavian inspired space for Christmas!

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Near the front door I have a little console table, and it’s holding my diy mason jar oil lamps.  There’s something about Christmas and lights.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’ve stuck with the Scandinavian feel for Christmas. I love the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the clean lines, the simple colours, and all the natural touches.  This has really been the Christmas of bringing the outdoors in.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I wanted to create a forest feel in here, so I cut down five little poplar trees and brought them in for the holidays.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I used some cement in some pretty galvanized buckets to hold them.  It’s worked really well.  On top of the cement, I added some faux snow.  It’s like a wintry forest in here, and I love the fairy lights, especially at night.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Near the door, our little bar cart is ready for some holiday merry making with pretty vintage glasses.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love the little stir sticks.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My sister gave me this pretty little terrarium for my birthday, and I turned it into a fun snow globe for Christmas.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I kept the dining room pretty simple.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love using neutrals even for Christmas because it’s so calming and serene.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I used these pretty paint dipped candle sticks holders –see how I made them here, just thrift store brass candle stick holders with a little makeover.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

At the other end of the room, is the beautiful vintage book deer art -you can see how I made it here.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I upped the merry factor with the addition of five pretty hoop wreaths.  These are so easy to make, just some hoops and fresh greens wired on.  I love the simplicity of them.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

These wooden trees make it even more Christmas-y.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

We got so many candy canes at our local Santa Clause Parade this year, so I added a few for a festive touch in this pretty little marble bowl.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’m really in love with this new white, bright space, and I can’t wait to paint the rest of the main floor white.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The dining room leads onto the stairs, and the living room.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I like to put the Christmas tree at the bottom of the stairs so we can enjoy it from the living room and dining room.

Scandinavian christmas tree

In keeping with the Scandi vibe, I’ve kept it really simple and natural.  I found my little Charlie Brown tree in the woods, and I love how bare it is.  It’s surrounded by a few treasures, and our families Story Book Advent Calendar -you can read more about it here.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The stairs are also simple and natural, we layered grapevine and pine boughs that I gathered on a walk one day.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

In front of the stairs is my new chair from Wayfair, and I just love it.  I wanted something that fit the space, and was tufted, and neutral, and this little chair was perfect.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The little table is a new addition too, and the perfect place for a cup tea, next to the fire.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

This years mantel is a little different and I just love it.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Corner fireplaces can be tricky so I used an old vintage window frame to fill up some space and a pretty branch attached to it.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The little house lanterns are holding the sweetest little mushrooms.  It very Scandinavian to include mushrooms on your Christmas tree, usually red, and inspired my mushroom fireplace mantel.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love how they look like snowy little specimens in their glass houses.  They make me wonder if the fairies will visit?

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the other side of the room, a cozy chair to curl up in.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The side table is just some vintage crates, but works perfectly for a rustic touch.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My sweet sister came and rearranged my bookcases for me.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Sometimes you just need fresh eyes, and I love what she did.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the other wall is the couch, and a pass through to the kitchen.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the ottoman, a sweet little tray and some candles.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And up on the pass through, a sweet collection of vintage oil cans.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’ve been collecting them over the last few years, I love the mix of shapes and metals.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Above the oil cans, is another branch, holding some pretty Christmas decorations.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And in the kitchen, we’ve been working on a few tiny gingerbread houses.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

They look so pretty all decorated in white.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And then over to the kitchen table, with perhaps my favourite decoration this year.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I found this old wooden dough bowl at an antique fair last year, and I love it holding some of my vintage Christmas ornaments.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Over the years, I’ve picked them up mostly at second hand stores, and although everything else is neutral this year, I love this pop of vintage colour.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

This little cabinet is a new addition this year, and was lots of fun to decorate.  We got the most delightful puppy this summer and I needed some where to store all his bits and bobs.  The cabinet has worked out great.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I set up a sweet little hot chocolate stand.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My girls love having all kinds of yummy marshmallows to choose from.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And last but not least, these pretty knit stockings hung on some birch poles I cut down in the forest.

Thanks so, so much for dropping by to see all my Christmas decorations, lots found on walks in the woods, or old favourites from years past, and a few new treasures thrown in too -the perfect combo.

The house all decorated for Christmas, life really is a party!

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Now, there’s lots more to see.  If you missed day one, you can find all the links here, and don’t forget to check back each day this week for links to all the rest of the houses on the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour.

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Christmas Dessert Party

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Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a Christmas Dessert Party!  I’ve put together a  really easy, delicious, and extra sweet menu and the best part is it’s full of baking tricks that make it quick to put together.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

This time of year is so busy for everyone, but it’s still so nice to make homemade treats for family and friends.  You don’t have to give up homemade taste with these little tricks. 😉  I made all these treats in one fun day in the kitchen with my kids.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I love to start with the basics, like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin loaf and then add a few extra special touches to take them to a new level.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Baking Mixes, NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Libby’s® Pumpkin Bread to make the baking fast and easy and still deliver homemade taste.

I picked up all my supplies at Walmart.  Look for special holiday baking displays for NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® products and Libby’s® products.  Also check the baking aisle.  Find the cookie dough in the refrigerated section.

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After I made the brownies, cookies, and pumpkin loaf for the party, I added a few extra special touches to take them to the next level.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to make cookie pops.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

To make the cookie pops, I separated and baked the Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies and after they were cooled I sandwiched two of  them together with some icing, added a lollipop stick, and rolled the edge in holiday sprinkles.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

So easy and such a hit with my guests.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I also made some special brownie lollipops too.  I baked NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix for the brownies, and after they were cooled and cut into rectangles, I put them on a stick, dipped the tops into some melted NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels, and sprinkled with some Christmas sprinkles.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I also made some reindeer brownie pops, as little take home favours at the end of the party.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I love using the baking mixes for the baking, it leaves me with enough energy to add some extra special touches like making the reindeer.  They were really simple to put together.  I used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Baking Mix with Butterfinger Morsels -yum, so good.  After they were cool, I cut them into rectangles and added a lollipop stick.  Then I melted some more Milk Chocolate Morsels for dipping the brownies in.  I also melted some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, and put the melted chocolate in a  small zip bag, with the corner snipped off.  I piped some small antlers onto parchment paper and put them into the fridge to set.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

To make the reindeer faces, I used some candy eyes, and made a nose with a NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, Holiday variety, using the red ones as little Rudolph noses.  Then I added the chocolate antlers.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

Once they were set, I put them in little cello bags tied with a ribbon and placed them by the door so my guests could take one as they left as a little party favour.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I used the Pumpkin Bread Kit to make some delicious pumpkin bread.  It’s so easy, moist and delicious, and I love that even the icing is included in the kit.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

The kit makes two pumpkins loaves so I used one to make  little pumpkin trifles.  These were so, so good.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

 

Pumpkin Trifle

Ingredients

  • Libby's® Pumpkin Bread Kit
  • vanilla instant pudding
  • 250 mL whip cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup Libby's® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • candied nuts
  • For the Candied Nuts
  • 8 oz pecans, chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pumpkin bread according to the kit instructions and allow to cool.
  2. To make the candied nuts, whip the egg white, then stir in pecans. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and cinnamon, then add to nut mixture, and stir to evenly coat the nuts. Bake the nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring even 15 mins. Allow to cool.
  3. Prepare the vanilla instant pudding according to package instructions.
  4. Whip the cream and add 1 tbsp sugar and vanilla -set 1/2 cup aside to use as topping, the rest is for the mousse.
  5. To make the pumpkin mousse, mix the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and maple syrup. Add the pudding mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the whipped cream.
  6. To assemble the trifles, cut the pumpkin loaf into cubes and fill the bottom 1/3 of a small dessert dish. Top with the pumpkin moose, to fill the next 1/3 of the dish.
  7. Garnish with a spoon of whipped cream, and sprinkle with candied nuts.
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Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

These were a real favourite on the dessert table.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I also included some clementines -or Christmas oranges as we love to call them, they were a nice addition to all the sweets.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

The brownies and holiday chocolate chip cookies were so good!  My whole house smelt like chocolate.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I also made some brownie donuts, just for fun.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

They looked adorable paired with some little milk bottles.  To make them, use some brownie mix and pipe them into a very well greased mini donut pan.  I topped them with a little chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles.  So cute.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

My dining room is all decorated for Christmas with a woodland theme, and was the perfect setting for this sweet party.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I kept the decor pretty simple with lots of fresh greens, and a few red roses.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

For drinks, along with the milk in the sweet little bottles, I put together a little hot chocolate bar on my bar cart.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I love having lots of little serve yourself stations when entertaining, it helps with the traffic and flow of the get together.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I made the most delicious hot chocolate with NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk and the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.  Just heat one can of evaporated milk with 1/2 cup chocolate morsels until the chocolate is melted and hot chocolate is well combined.  Using the evaporated milk makes the hot chocolate so rich and creamy.  Here’s a little tip for serving hot chocolate at a party, use a teapot!  It worked perfectly.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I added a few fun toppings like marshmallows, hot chocolate flavoured candy canes and whip cream.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

I also made a few gingerbread cookies for the mugs.  I used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Rolled & Ready Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Dough Sheets.  It’s so easy to use and so good, I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again.  The sheets come all rolled out and ready to use, you just cut out with your favourite cookie cutter and bake. These are perfect to use with kids, because lets face it all they really want to do is cut out the shapes and decorate them, and with the refrigerated that dough that’s all there is to it.  The only hard part was keeping the kids from eating all the cookies before the party. 😉

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

This was a wonderful way to kick of the holiday season.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

Find lots more inspiration at the Nestlé Flavorful Moments Pinterest Board.

Christmas Dessert Party: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.

With a Christmas Dessert Party, life really is a party!

What are you baking this holiday?

Children’s Story Book Advent Calendar

Children's Story Book Advent Calendar: Count down from Dec. 1st until Christmas by reading a different Christmas Story Book to your children each night.

I wanted to share this sweet little Advent calendar idea with you before Dec. 1st.  It’s a Story Book Advent Calendar -where we read a Christmas bedtime story to our kids each night from Dec. 1st until Christmas.

Children's Story Book Advent Calendar: Count down from Dec. 1st until Christmas by reading a different Christmas Story Book to your children each night.

When I was a little girl, I loved it when my Grandma came and babysit us at night.  It was a very rare occurrence.  But when she did come, she’d make us homemade custard with a  maraschino cherry on top, and she’d read to us.  She’d read to us and read to us, every book we brought to her until bedtime.  All too often my parents were too busy to read us a bedtime story, and since my girls have been reading chapter books for years, we very rarely read to them anymore.  At 9 and 12, they’re getting so big, that nights with us all snuggled together for a bedtime story almost never happen anymore…except at Christmas.  We did this with them last year and they loved it, so I know it will be a special treat again this year.

Children's Story Book Advent Calendar: Count down from Dec. 1st until Christmas by reading a different Christmas Story Book to your children each night.

To make your own, start with all your favourite Christmas story books.  If you don’t quite have 24 of them, second hand stories are a great place to pick them up -I’ve picked up a few new ones at books stores and second hand stores over the last month.  My sister visited a thrift store to make one for a sweet family she knows and found 23 at her first stop.  I like using a mix of our favourite Christmas stories that we read every year, and a few new -or new to us ones mixed in.

Children's Story Book Advent Calendar: Count down from Dec. 1st until Christmas by reading a different Christmas Story Book to your children each night.

Once you have your 24 books, wrap them individually in gift wrap.  You can number them, but I like the fun of not knowing if it’s a new one or an old favourite each night, so I just wrap them up and let my girls take turns picking one each night.  Put them all in a basket, or box like this antique tool box, and place them under the Christmas tree all ready for Dec. 1st.

Children's Story Book Advent Calendar: Count down from Dec. 1st until Christmas by reading a different Christmas Story Book to your children each night.

Sometimes it’s the little things and traditions that make Christmas truly magical, especially for little ones.

With a Story Book Advent Calendar, life really is a party!

How To Refinish A Dark Wood Veneer Dining Room Table

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

I took part in the One Room Challenge this year and made over my dining room -you can see the big reveal post here.  One of the biggest projects in the makeover was refinishing my dining room table.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

I had hopes of replacing my large dark wood veneer dining table with an antique harvest table or something like the beautiful Restoration Hardware ones that I was drooling over.  But I couldn’t find a harvest table in the budget that was long enough, and I couldn’t afford the Restoration Hardware one.  You might be in the same position as me, so I wanted to share how I refinished my old dark wood veneer table, and turned it into my dream table.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

I actually didn’t realize I could refinish my existing veneer table, because I thought you could only refinish solid wood.  After a little research though, I realized I could probably achieve that grey, driftwood finish I loved with my existing table.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

I am so, so pleased with there results.  But, I have to say right up front that if you are considering giving this a try, it’s a really difficult project.  I think it took about 22 hours of work, not counting dry times inbetween.  It was one of the hardest projects I’ve ever done, but the results are amazing.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  The reason it’s so difficult is that modern factory furniture has a very hard, baked on finish that is extremely hard to remove.  The majority of the hard work was in striping the table.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

Our table was about 10 years old, but still in really good condition.  It was a fairly expensive piece when we bought it, and had good quality mechanisms for expanding it, it also fit the room and our needs really well, and was a good shape.  All this made it worth the effort.  It might not be worth it for a lesser quality piece.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

The first day, a friend who does a lot of antique furniture refinishing -a real expert with lots of experience, came to help me.  Because the table is veneer we knew we had to be careful about how we striped it, since veneer is just a thin sheet of wood glued on top of a less expensive wood product,  it would be easy to damage the veneer with sanding…that is if you could get down to the veneer.  We couldn’t get past the dark, hard like a rock, nearly impossible to remove finish on the wood.  We started out with paint striper, but even after letting it sit for 10, 15, 20 minutes, we saw very little effect. At that point though, there was no going back.  I felt a little sick, and talk turned to maybe having to just paint it, since it seemed like we’d never be able to get the dark finish removed.  But I kept trying and trying, and scrubbing and scrubbing with coarse steel wool, until finally a little of the light wood underneath was visible.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

Through a process of trial and error we came up with a method that worked -but did take a fair bit of elbow grease.  We sanded the initial glossy coating off with a palm sander, then applied a generous amount of paint remover and let it sit about 10-15 minutes.  We then VERY CAREFULLY used a scraper to scrap off the finish.  You have to go with the grain of the wood, and be really, really careful to not make any gouges in the wood.  We then applied another coat of paint remover, let it sit again, and went over it with coarse steel wool.  We then carefully sanded the wood, with a medium and then fine grade of sand paper on the palm sander.  It was a really long process, which we divided over two days of work together.  In the end, there were still some dark stain marks in the grooves of the grain, but it worked well with our grey finish.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

We used Minwax’s Wood Finish Classic Grey Penetrating Stain on our stripped table.  We only needed one coat to get the look we were going for.  I love the light grey colour of the stain.  After the stain dried over night, it was time to apply the sealer.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

I sealed the table with Minwax’s Matte Finish Polycrylic Protective Finish.  I worked really carefully, taking care to not over work the product -after so much hard work getting to that point I really didn’t want to mess things up at the last stage of the game.  I did two coats over all, and three on the top, very lightly sanding with a fine grit sandpaper in-between, and wiping it down with a clean cloth to remove the fine dust.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

After all that hard work, the table came out looking amazing!  It was really worth it all in the end.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

It was so fun to set my new beautiful table.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

Friends who saw it actually thought I’d gone out and bought a new table.  I’m really glad I did it, now that it’s all done.

How To Refinish Your Old Dark Wood Veneer Table: How to strip your old table, and re-stain and seal it to make it better than new.

With a newly refinished dining room table that looks like new, life really is a party!

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