Just about completed this 'recycle' project . . . a dining room table that I had built for us in the early 80's. The wood is 'rock hard' maple, therefore it would not take much stain then so I sealed it with Tung Oil back then.
A couple months ago Missey wanted new chairs and that started the 'recycle' project. The chairs are black and Missey wanted the table stained to match her hutch . . . I wanted to get rid of it.
The table was loaded with challenges above and beyond staining. Front to back the top was cupped ~ 3/8". The two leaves were warped and twisted.
The one piece top was cut into four pieces and sanded front and back to 'true' them up once again on a drum table sander. New side cuts were then made and the four boards were glued into a solid top once again.
Leaves and extensions were sanded to match the top's new thickness. New pegs were installed in extensions and leaves and set to 'true up' their seams once assembled.
Multiple coats of General Finishes oil base Nutmeg stain were basically painted on the maple to achieve something close to the color of the hutch. https://generalfinishes.com/wood-fin...sed-gel-stains
Then multiple coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil Based Topcoat with light sanding between coats. Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat | General Finishes
The bottom/trestle of the table was painted black with General Finishes Milk Paint. https://generalfinishes.com/wood-fin...cts/milk-paint
All General Finishes products were A++ for the project and 'highly' recommended.
Missey is "Very Pleased" . . . so I'm a hero.
The table must cure for a couple weeks before general use.
Checkout more pictures of the project if interested.