My parents bought this table in the 70's at an auction. The table was old then. I'm guessing 40's ? It's been the dinner table all through my childhood & into adulthood when I visited my parents for meals. But, I didn't remember what it really looked like. My mom always had it covered with a tablecloth. Once I really saw it again, I loved it!
The top was rough, so the first step was sanding down the tabletop. I even bought a power sander.
My plan was/is to make the top a slightly lighter shade than the original color on the bottom to give it a 2 tone effect. The wood grain really is lovely.
As it turns out the wood grain is also a thin veneer which is chipping in places.
This one is in the center of the table where the table opens for the fold up leaf. This one is 100% my doing. I got a little aggressive with the sander and it chipped it on the edge. This is about and inch/ inch 1/2 long.
Then there are a few spots like this around the edge that I just tried to sand down a bit.
There's another spot where the veneer is chipped similar to the first picture.
I have no experience with this in my furniture re-do experience. Is there a quick and easy way to repair this? Or do I just go ahead with staining and poly and leave those imperfections for a 'rustic' look?
I'd love your advice on this one.