Nothing’s finished but I have three little boys so it might be 18 years or so but the sanding is done! So I’m posting this stuff so I can at least say I’m finished with something and some how that 15 min at a time in between homeschooling and motherhood and a traveling husband I got something done so I’m going to throw my self a party and get ready to stain. So I’ve been told that I need to condition the wood before I stain but my Dad said he’s never conditioned a thing ever and not to waste my money. Truth or Fiction? The bed I want to stain and then use tung oil high gloss, the Table not so sure it’s my kids school table and I want to be able to clean it scrub etc it’s going to get marker and paint on it here and there that’s just life with kids anyone have any suggestion for the table? Any reason why I should do the bed that way? Its my first real refurbish and I just don’t know that I can bear screwing it up, not because I think i can be a pro the first time out but because I spent a good chunk of money – and like most don’t have money to toss around. I also spent every bit of my “me” time plus some on these 4 pieces, and there’s just not much of it. Not to mention, I want a real bed. So anyone that wants to give this long winded girl some advice I’ll gladly take it. i might be less concerned if I chose a mor conventional stain but I want color, my Dad most certainly wouldn’t!! approve, is it a bad idea? Ive always been pretty good with colors, but its never been furniture before, the most i ever stained was a wooded sink top made out of flooring, in a house that was hard to do anything but improve on. The saw horse is hard to see but its the colors Im hoping to navigate with. if no advice then wish me luck!!