What type of finish on a kitchen table?

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What type of finish on a kitchen table?
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My husband and I just built the farmhouse table and I went to stain it and it was the wrong colour (darn!!!) so I'm back to sanding it again to get to raw wood.  But it got me thinking should I use stain and then polyurethane?  or the same stuff I used before a stain/poly combo?  What have you all used on your tables so that it was durable for the amount of washing it's going to get.

 

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I like the poly/stain combo.  I believe you can still do several coats.  I never used it on a kitchen table but did use it on a computer hutch, which got lots of use and it held up fine.

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How was it for washability?  Another question, did you brush it on and then rub off just like regular stain?  I did that for my first coat and it seemed to work good, just wanted to know if I was doing it right.

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I didn't wash it, sorry.  If you are concerned, I use a product called Bona.  It's for all wood surfaces.  It cleans well and does not dry out wood.  I use it on cabinets, chairs, tables and floors.

 

I did brush on then wipe.  I used a foam brush to apply it.  No reason other than my mom always did that with anything she finished when I was a kid!  

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Thanks, I'll have to see what the hardware store has in stock when I go to get new stain.

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Just wanted to chime in that I never have good luck with the "stain finish" products.  The don't get that finished smoothness of a ploy or varnish.  Just make sure that the ploy/varnish you use isn't going to remove the stain as you apply it.

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I decided that I would go with a stain and then go over later with poly.  I preferred that the stain went deeper into the wood.  It turned out great.  Thanks everyone.