This is doing the final sanding of the table with 22o grain sand paper. I really wanted to stain the table and was mentally prepared to do all the extra sanding that is required to stain the top of the table. But see that dark spot on the opposite side of the table as me? That is where the wood was rotten or stained all the way through, so we had to paint it. I was really upset because if I had known that then I would have just sanded the original paint on the table and not stripped and sanded all the paint off. (We sanded and stripped the paint over the dark spot last) Anyways this is the table with the legs finished. We put 2 coats of a white spray lacquer on the legs.
This is the finished product with the chairs we got with it. All in all it was a good deal and I really am glad we painted it white. We used 2 coats of oil pant on the top to give it as much protection as possible from the destroyer (Alexander). Another useful tip when painting in Guam don't paint with on oil based paint out side and let it dry over night, because when you wake up in the morning there will be about 50 little bugs stuck in the paint and that means more sanding. See how are window is open in this picture that is because we painted the final coat inside and had to air out the house from paint fumes. Miriam is going for a blue and white cape cod beach theme in our Kitchen. So we are planning on buying blue cushions that you tie to the chair seats and once the stools are done it will look nice. All in all the table and chairs cost us $115.00 plus about $50.00 in painting supplies, so a pretty good deal I think. The even better deal is the one below. This is a picture of our son and our new TV (32 inch, high def, flat screen) which only cost me $350.00. Guam is a barter system and I have some pretty good connections with the Hotels. Do you see our sons plumber crack,that is the actual reason we took the picture. It was funny we tried to get him to turn his head and look at the camera but all he did was yell at us and run.
This is where he would run to, behind the couch and hide with his blanket, like he was embarrassed we were taking a picture of him in his underwear. It was hilarious.
I put this blog up to show mom and dad how to do a blog about a family project (I think they are in the middle of one right now). For example how I wrote "But see that dark spot on the opposite side of the table as me? That is where the wood was rotten or stained all the way through, so we had to paint it. I was really upset because if I had known that then I would have just sanded the original paint on the table and not stripped and sanded all the paint off. (We removed the paint over the dark spot last)" Mom and dads blog could go something like this : "See under the southwest corner of the house under the Adobe brick where the foundation should have been? Well as you can clearly see there is no foundation. So we ended up having to tear the whole house down. Had we known there was no foundation we would have ripped the house down from the beginning instead of fighting the historical society and waisting all that time trying to save the original house" (Sorry I had to, this is what happens when Miriam encourages me to blog more). I am going to do another blog right after this one because I have a few more pictures I want to put up.