I’m in the middle of restoring a full tiki set that I acquired from my friend Vic. Today, I finished a couple of side tables from the set. The wood on the tables were in pretty bad shape so I light sanded the surfaces because it is only a veneer. If you sand too much you will sand through the veneer and it will look horrible. I started sanding with a medium grade sand paper and then once I got most of the surface removed I switched to a fine grade sand paper to even out the surface. I then stained it with “minwax ipswich pine“. This is the same stain I used on the Heywood Wakefield set I re-finished from an earlier post. I love the warmth of that stain and I think it compliments the tiki set nicely. I then let the stain dry overnight and wiped the surfaces down with a micro-fiber cloth to remove dust and particles. I applied a couple of coats of spray semi-gloss polyurethane (you have to wait two hours between applications). Once I was satisfied with the finish I used “0000” steel wool and car wax to smooth out the surface. Here are some before and after pictures of one of the tables.
Tiki Side Tables