Here’s an update to show how the cedar table has weathered and how I brought life back to it. While we were moving, this table had to sit out in the weather, unprotected and without maintenance for 2 full years. Here it is when we finally got back around to it June 2016. Pretty rough.
It was showing a bit of weathering. The finish had cracked and was missing in many places, leaving the bare wood to turn silver in from the sun’s UV light. It’s time for a bit of sanding!
The top was much smoother after a quick hit with the palm sander. I was probably using 100 or 150 grit paper, but the finish was smooth enough with just a single pass.
Now time to add some fresh deck stain. I still have the original can of Sikkens that I started with on this table, so I keep using it. It is really easy to apply. The table top looks great, almost new again!
And finally, here’s a picture of the table a few weeks later, after a rain. The finish is smooth and the water beads up nicely.
I’m thinking about getting a table cover now to keep this look for a long time. I’m liking this one from Amazon. It should save me a bit of refinishing work and extend the life of this table for quite some time to come.