I think the overall lesson that I learned with the project was that sanding takes forever!!! And you HAVE to sand it to make the stain stick! My table had a glossy finish on it, so that made it a bit more difficult to sand, but it was worth it to spend the time on it.
Here are some of my in progress photos and some finished photos with the baby attached. Again, I will never post photos about this if I were to wait until the table were perfectly staged... it's just not going to happen right now.
Do you think I should choose a different color for the chairs? I'm looking for something to pop, but I'd be open to suggestions. I'm not going to paint them until the summer when we have multiple sunny days in a row, so I still have some time to decide.