He took to the idea, as painting is always good busy work, so he began sanding the stain away and our colorful plans for paint, turquoise, yellow, red or orange, ended up being a draw at white. He bought spray paint in a glossy white, which goes with the white woodwork in our room, so that worked out fine. I could be happy with shiny white.
After the first coat he had another idea. He came into the house and suggested that the table looked really neat with the grain showing, like it was a whitewashed antique, or pickled. Hmmm.
I'm calling it Shabby Chic, for the moment, and will wait until this coat is dry to make a final decision. It does have personality, I'll give him that. But will it wipe up nice when spaghetti sauce or wine is spilled?
That is the question. So we'll give it a try and if not, he has lots more spray paint.