Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Restoration Hardware has received reports of elevated blood lead levels in four children in two homes where a recalled table was present. One incident involving two children occurred in Cranston, R.I. and another incident involving two children occurred in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Incidents/Injuries: Restoration Hardware has received reports of elevated blood lead levels in four children in two homes where a recalled table was present. One incident involving two children occurred in Cranston, R.I. and another incident involving two children occurred in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

We considered tung oil – I had used it for my harvest table & had good luck with it, but that was a $50 table from Craigslist, this one cost a bit more & we wanted to really protect it from water so that I don’t have to continue drinking a couple glasses of wine a night after dinner to relieve my anxiety. Restoration Hardware’s solution? “Clear furniture wax can be applied to protect the finish from minor spills. Use coasters or placemats to help prevent marks or stains. Avoid mineral oil as its usage could discolor the wood. Wipe the table clean with a soft, dry cloth after each use.” Placemats & dry cloths? Clearly no children have been harmed in the testing of their furniture, because they have not been child tested. The finish washed off with water. I love the idea of wax, but again, little to no protection against water. Chris kindly spent hours researching products & we settled on Waterlox. It’s supposed to be the best protection with minimal sheen. It’s a non-toxic tung oil & resin finish. Sounds great, right? The guy at the woodworking shop we purchased it from highly recommended it. While it will provide the best protection, I’m not in love with the finish & how it altered the appearance of the table. You can see from the photo below the difference in color from the protected top to the raw legs.
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Now I’m contemplating to continue with the best protection or lightly sand to remove it & use traditional tung oil that was used on Chinese ships for waterproofing & risk a little wear & tear, which is what I wanted in the first place. Heavy thoughts for a Friday afternoon, aren’t they? So why am I writing about this? First, it’s weighed heavily on my mind for the past week. Second, there is a lack of quality information on this subject. After all, Restoration isn’t going to tell you in store that you can’t wipe it clean with a damp washcloth. In fact, I was told that it has a protectant coat on it, is their most popular table among families & is child friendly in store. I’ll keep you posted as I continue to test, learn & finally complete the breakfast room. For now, a little recap:
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

What did you decide to do, Erin? I wouldn’t have thought that rice would leave marks either. I LOVE my living room furniture from them, but feel their dining tables are far from usable.
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Thanks for this post! We’ve been waiting over a year for our boulangerie table, natural finish. Did you know you can put your name on a waiting list if you have an outlet nearby? We happened to get the call during a clearance, too. Super sweet deal. Anyway, we have 4 little kids so I gotta protect this thing. The guy at the hardware store suggested this:
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

Hi there Julie – Thank you for all your posts and sharing your experience! I wanted to add a bit of my own experience with two different RH salvaged natural tables. The first one we had, the Farmhouse, I used one can of Rubio Monocoat pure 2C oil with accelerator. The application was very easy – one coat and it dried completely in 2-3 days. This changed the finish to a deeper brown – I would approximate up to 2 shades darker. It was still lovely and beautiful, but not how it came out of the truck. However, with two kids I must say the protection was excellent. Water spills wiped up and no staining whatsoever. Now we have an RH Salvaged Natural x-Base table and I am re-evaluating my options. I found your blog and decided to go with the Woodcraft 100% Tung Oil. I did a sample on the bottom of an extension leaf and with two coats (thin coat, steel wool, thin coat) I still get water rings from a glass sitting for more than 1-2 minutes. Granted, the test spots probably have not dried all the way, but in your experience do you still get water rings and spots with your tung oil finish? I am slightly regretting going this route…
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Restoration Hardware Dining Tables

I have found the solution for our problem everyone! I have purchased the RH trestle table and coffee table and within weeks my daughter spilled water on it and I then realized that this table was going to be the death of me. I’ve wanted this table for years and wasn’t about to give up just yet! I sent the table back and began to talk to the RH quality reassurance specialist her name was Amy! She was an absolute god send. They have people that repair tables there and she said that they were going to fix this issue without changing the look of the table. I was shocked that they were going out of there way to help me! but then I began to think oh yeah it must be bc I spent tens of thousands already and they didn’t want to lose a valuable customer. lol duh! Anyways after going back and fourth they came to a resolution and fixed the problem! I was a little skeptical about it at first but, once the table had arrived I was over the moon! It looked gorgeous! It had no sheen on it at all and still had a very raw look to it. Within hours of having this table my wonderful daughter placed her wet sippy cup on the table which left a puddle of water on the table. I was nervous at first but then got a paper towel and wiped it off. IT LEFT NO MARKS!!!! YEAHHHHH! I have my dream table that I can use finally one that I don’t have to worry about when people place anything on it. I then asked Amy what was the product they used to fix the issue without ruining the look and she sent me the info its from Mohawk. No-blush Plus Retarder- M1030475, size 13 oz. I promise this works! reply back to me about the outcome after using this product! Best of luck Maria!
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Hi..just came across your post and was wondering how your table is holding up? We are in the process of purchasing of purchasing a dining room table (for our 1st home/planning to use daily) and just placed an order for the Salvaged Wood Trestle Table, but after reading all these negative reviews on the “salvaged” finish I am starting to have doubts if the right decision.Really the like the look of the table, but not sure about the finish as not one to go for the extremely “beat up/worn in” look and don’t want to drive myself crazy. The salesperson recommended getting and could always switch out if hate as the leave flexibility is a great option to have. Also think the 17th C. French Bastide Oak collection gives a similar look without the extremely rustic/distressed look…have you heard anything about the “textured” oak finishes Or the Weathered/Acaia in the 17th C Monastery/Priory finishes being more durable/smoother finish? We have 2 small kids so would like to be somewhat practical as well. Any insight could provide it helping to make a final decision would be greatly appreciated.
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I can totally sympathize with you! When my children were little I purchased a couple of beautiful pieces of Danish pine furniture. It was only a matter of days before they were each permanently marked during the course of ordinary living. We ended up (don’t judge here, either please) polyurethaning the dining room table! Today my children are grown, and I would love to get that original look back. We will likely try to sand it. What I do want to share with you is what the antique store owner used, and that is Briwax. It requires lots of elbow grease to apply, and has to be re-done periodically.