Sometimes all it takes is a little know how, arm grease and a good old DIY store to help pimp your dining table. I was hosting a dinner party when we accidentally scorched the table, leaving it with a lovely white mark, right in the centre (see lovely pics below). I've googled tutorials on getting white heat marks out yourself with an iron and a damp cloth, but after years of ignoring all the scratches, dents and marks I thought it was time to take action. Spend less than £70 to re vamp, or get a new table? It didnt take long to decide which one to go with since 120cm+ dining tables in solid wood are a lot more than £70.
I bought a belt sander from Screwfix for £45, plus some extra sandpaper belts, dragged the table outside, stuck on some beyonce "who runs the world.. girls girls"... and got sanding.
(Make sure you wear a mask and goggles, you've gotta protect those peepers and lungs guys!)
The sanding took less than an hour since I only needed to sand the top and sides. Its amazing how it took out all the deep scratches and the dreaded heat mark!
Once sanded, I headed to B&Q and bought some beeswax to wax the top with a lint free cloth (you can just use an old t'shirt). I used a Antique pine colour, but you can just use a natural, clear wax. And true to Mr Miyagi in Karate kid, you do have to wax on, and wax off with the cloth.
Then once waxed, I painted the legs and chairs in eggshell estate Railings from Farrow and ball, which I had left over from decorating the lounge. And thats it... one up-cycled and re vamped dining table, looking much more modern and less scruffy.
If you've done something similar, or are planning too, I'd love to see the results.