The Most Unique Way to Make Over Oak Stacking Tables

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This is my first attempt at wood burning and I decided to use these oak stacking tables that have been sitting in my inventory. These solid oak nesting tables are so cute, solid wood and plain honey brown, they have great wood grain and nice details on the legs.  Without a doubt, they have a rustic charm to them so I decided to toast them up. We have a cabin up in the Catskills and I can’t help but imagine them in someone’s log cabin or country home, maybe fireside in a cozy chair curled up with a book and a hot drink next to you on these tables.  A girl can dream.

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Wood Burning Toasted Oak Stacking Tables

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The Before – Vintage Stacking Table

These stacking tables have a stubborn clear finish that is determined not to come off. But I am determined to remove it.

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The Process – Sanding

The tops still had the original clear finish on them that needed to be sanded off.  I took out my trusty sander and got to work on these oak nesting tables.  But much to my dismay no matter how much I sanded the finish would barely come off.  I was even using 80 grit, so I certainly wasn’t going easy on them.
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After a failed attempt at sanding off the clear finish, I decided to take a chance. Since I would be torching the tops anyway, I figured I could burn off the clear finish.  Please keep in mind that I have never tried this before and I’m flying by the seat of my pants, please torch at your own risk if you decide to try this.  I grabbed my very powerful blowtorch and burned the tops of the wood nesting tables.  It definitely worked to get that stubborn finish off. Wood Burning Tables, wood burning, wood grain, flame, blowtorch, wood nesting tables

The table tops ignited and were ablaze!  As expected they were completely charred. Pretty gross don’t you think? wood burning, wood burned tables, charred wood, nesting tables

Next, I sanded the black char off and brought the tops to a smooth finish. wood burned tables, nested tables, sanding tables

Then I lightly torched the tops a second time for a toasted but not charred look. wood nesting tables, nesting end tables, wood burned tables

Once I was satisfied with the tops and realized that I should also wrap things up before I burn any more of the grass I lightly sanded, added a light chocolate stain and sealed them for protection.

The Result – Toasted Oak Stacking Table

Wood burning turned out to be the perfect option for these stubborn stacking tables.

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I love the way the wood grain is brought to life.

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  1. Love the aged look if it gives the wood, I usually just use our torch to trim weeds, now it can do double duty!

    Thanks so much for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party and hope it brings you some new friends and some good traffic. We hope to see you next sunday for the next party.

  2. Love the way these turned out! What a transformation!

  3. Dang! What a fun and crazy method- I love it! And they just look fantastic- thanks for linking up to Talk of the Town!

  4. Oh my goodness!!! Now I have to get a blow torch!! This is so cool! I love how you think outside the box … the outcome is so pretty! I hope you have a great day!

  5. Hi, I’m visiting from Vintage Charm Link Party. Those tables are gorgeous! The burned finish turned out beautifully. Kelly

  6. Your project turned out beautifully!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

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  7. Your tables turned out absolutely gorgeous Kandice. Love the dark tops with the painted legs. Fabulous! I’ve pinned and shared on facebook. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. 🙂

  8. Hi Kandice!!

    WOW, what a difference!! Love seeing your posts and get quite amazed at the Before and After photos!

    Have a great week!!


  9. I like the effect of your Toaty Timber. I personally would’ve stopped at the first burn. But life is all about experimenting and personal taste.

    Well done.
    Daryl ????????

    1. hi, thanks Daryl! It was surely a ‘take a chance and see where it goes’ kind of project. Im relieved it came out the way it did, since it couldve gone horribly bad. lol Thank you so much for stopping by!

  10. Hi Kandice! Great job – Love these tables!
    Are they still available ?

  11. Amazing! I love how they look and would have never thought of setting them on fire to get the rustic look! Genius!

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