In the spirit of actually doing what I said I would do – here is a picture of the oak table before I refinished it.
Yeah, nobody can mess a table up like me! Please note the huge, black iron stains from the iron teapot.
Now, here it is today, in all its refinished glory:
I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I decided not to use any polyeurathane, in spite of my husband’s urgings that I do so. That crap is toxic, y’all! So, I just used some all natural wax on it after I sanded it. I know the color is not perfectly even, but it is good enough. Good enough! I love not striving for perfection in stuff like this anymore. I’m trying to save my striving for things that are slightly more important than oak tables.