Since I don't really like tablecloths and I wasn't ready to go and spend $2K for a new dining room set, I thought I would make the table look new to us - MUCH cheaper!! I went back and forth on whether to stain or paint. After reading LOTS of different blogs and talking to my helpful hardware friend Stephanie, I decided the easiest thing would be to strip the current stain and paint.
Saturday after Brody's basketball game, I was off and running my dad's electric sander. I am happy to say that it really wasn't that bad to sand the table and all 6 chairs. My dad LOVES to help and offer LOTS of advice and eventually I get tired of hearing what I should be doing that I just let him to do it - ie the boys' bathroom. My dad was warned multiple times to NOT come over while I was sanding because this was my DIY project.
Jason stayed around a little bit but for some reason Brody woke up that morning and really wanted his daddy to take him to play golf "convenient". I actually said it was ok because I Trevor would be taking a nap soon and I would be able to get a lot done. My dad did come over later in the process and assisted with the manual sanding - corners and such. After about 6 hours of sanding, I was done!!
I can't wait to start on the paint this weekend and have the dining room finished. Now if I could just decide on the color of the walls for the dining room.