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Has anyone else got a Laura Ashley Refectory table?

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Tinker Mon 18-Aug-08 22:27:35

Are they unprotectable really? I'm not precious about stuff but had hoped we could go longer than 24 hours without getting a ring mark on it...

Any tips? Thank you

pgwithnumber3 Mon 18-Aug-08 23:07:04

Is it the oiled oak one? If so, we had the identical one but from House of Fraser. DH used to give the ring marks a light sand and then re-oil it.

Tinker Mon 18-Aug-08 23:09:53

Yes, it is the oiled oak one. Had been given a coat of Danish Oil (?) before delivered and we've to do that again soon but still think it won't be mark-proof. I don't want it covered up all the time so I guess we'll have to learn to love the lived-in look a little earlier than planned.

pgwithnumber3 Mon 18-Aug-08 23:11:13

I used to cover mine with a runner. You can get some fab ones and they do give you some coverage to protect it plus somewhere to put your cups etc.

Tinker Mon 18-Aug-08 23:15:29

Thanks. Have got a runner and a wipe clean table cloth. I'm sure we'll get used to its sensitive ways...

LynetteScavo Mon 18-Aug-08 23:24:46

We've got one. I use Lind seed oil on it. - lots.

When it was first delivered, DS said "oh great, lets eat tea on the new table" I said "NO! We are not eating off it!" grin

I have relaxed some what since.

Tinker Mon 18-Aug-08 23:27:02

Ah, so oiling is the key then. Does it protect it much?

LynetteScavo Mon 18-Aug-08 23:30:27

I use coasters for hot drinks, but we don't have any wed wine rings, so it must do something. I put it on about once a month. Partly because I like the smell.

Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 22:15:04

Thanks. Will try it out soon...ish.

PeaMcLean Wed 20-Aug-08 22:18:12

Yes, we've got one of those. Does seem remarkably sensitive for a table. We use coasters and mats, which isn't really what I was aiming for. Surface just doesn't feel quite right, like it needs a good sanding.

Good for playing table tennis on though.

PeaMcLean Wed 20-Aug-08 22:19:26

We use a lot of Danish oil on it. It still looks patchy like there are dry bits.

Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 23:35:27

Yes, I don't like all the coasters and mats stuff, either.

sallystrawberry Wed 20-Aug-08 23:41:16

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Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 23:44:40

Oh god, all these stories are making me wonder if I've made a bad choice. Looks great but I don't do "being careful" with furniture. Oh well, it's only wood isn't it?

gomez Wed 20-Aug-08 23:45:21

Key is to sand down with some wet & dry and then oil the fecker weekly for about a year and then monthly. Ours is a bit bashed but not ringed if that makes sense. Looks fab!

sallystrawberry Wed 20-Aug-08 23:46:28

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Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 23:46:52

What's wet and dry? Is that teh name of a product?

Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 23:47:37

Phew, sally, that's what I need to hear.

sallystrawberry Wed 20-Aug-08 23:50:10

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gomez Wed 20-Aug-08 23:52:04

Sorry blithley throwing technical terms into the mix smile it a a 'soft' sandpaper thingy. Not hard to do at all. Also don;t use Ikea wood oil buy a decent one from a decent store. It really does make a big difference. Trust me ours is in the playroom and gets all types of abuse - looks really good!

Tinker Wed 20-Aug-08 23:54:50

Oh, you rf irend sounds liek me sally grin

Thanks gomez. Have got something from B&Q, can't remember make but a brand and was called Danish Oil so think that's the stuff. Nearly bought a coloured one by mistake shock

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