In an effort to make the table last longer than we anticipated a pine Ikea table lasting, we painting a couple of coats of polyurethane on it. We quickly found out what a bad idea that was. Polyurethane over lacquer is oh so bad. Like peeling off with the slightest nail scratch bad. It looked terrible in just a couple of weeks. It's hard to tell from this pic (which was the leaf we didn't ever use but it still had scratches on it) and the lighting, but trust me, it was ugly. This is to show you the before color.
After living with it for a year and a half and trying to keep a constant tablecloth on it, we were so excited to get it refinished. Our brother-in-law, Mark, has refinished many an amazing piece of furniture and kindly agreed to help us and give us tips when he was visiting us. Mark and Troy started it and I finished it.
It took a lot if sanding, many coats of Red Pepper, a little distressing, a coat of glaze, and than many coats of semi-gloss sealer (all paint and sealer from General Finishes) and here it is! We wanted a happy pop if color in our home and I think we got it.
We love it and the finish now seems pretty durable, other than one thing. If water sits on it, it shows the waterworks fast. Once wiped, it fades and doesn't seem to have ill effects. But if water were left for an hour or many, it does make me wonder if the finish would permanently be marred. I might call General Finishes and ask about that.
Other than that, it's better than scratched up black. And hey, reds my favorite color so I love it!