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My wife and I, in the search for the perfect dining room table, have finally agreed upon one. The problem is, the stain is too light. Therefore, I pose the question...

How difficult would it be to sand down the old finish and apply something darker? Is this something I could do by myself with some sandpaper and stain or should I hire a pro?

Here's the link to the table - http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=881&f=8512

Thanks in advance for the replies.
 

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It may be easier to have a table made to your specs and then finish. It's a pretty easy table to make. Where are you?
 

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It's an easy table to refinish. But I would strip it, not sand it to get the finish off. After the protective coating was off you would give it a light sanding to knock down the raised grain.
The staining procedure would depend on the wood species. Some wood requires a wood conditioner to keep the stain from absorbing too much in any one area, creating a splotchy surface. Maple and pine are two woods that need this conditioning.
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