I hemmed and hawed about how to refinish it. My very first thought was to stain it. Don't ask me why, I don't really do a lot of staining. It's a lot of work, messy and stinky!
Here is the before. The first thing I did was take off the top and reattach the loose piece.
Side view. You can see the piece on the bottom left is loose.
I glued that piece back on as well.
Here is a view of the cracked and warped top.
Unfortunately this top was not put back on this piece. I attempted to flatten it by setting it out in the sun with wet grass, but our days have not been humid enough to help.
After the repairs and getting lots of different opinions...
I decided to go with my first instinct and stain it. Using General Finished makes it a whole lot easier, but it's still messy and stinky.
I went and bought a 2' x 4' section of 3/4" plywood with a very smooth top. I used my sander to round out the edges and stained that as well.
I used the paint on wipe off method with the Java gel stain.
What do you think? Would you have stained it or painted it...if paint- what color?
Hope you all have a very fun and safe 4th of July week!