We needed a perfectly dry, not humid, sunny, mild, beautiful afternoon. We've been waiting for weeks, months even for this day. The perfect day to give our neglected picnic table a complete facelift:
The poor table hadn't been treated in nearly ten years so it sucked up an entire quart of stain like it was dying of thirst. I happen to like black stain, but it also has the added benefit of hiding every single stain and all the discoloration from the years of neglect. It looks like an entirely new table from the one sitting on our patio earlier today.
S will give it a few coats of polyurethane to protect it from rain and sun and before long we'll be hanging out on our new patio at our newly beautified picnic table.