Fortunately, Matt, tired of being cooped up all winter, was pretty quick to jump on the sanding outside. He did the whole top (both sides of it) and door.
My goal is to stain the table light blue, but if it turns out that I'm horrible at staining, then I will just paint it a light dusty blue. Here is the stain that I like:
Let's just hope that this crappy table doesn't fall completely apart on me!
Here's the machine that came with it (doesn't work - still pretty cool though):
YESTERDAY I LEARNED...how to use a palm sander.
Oh! And a follow-up about my custom order - she wants to keep the bags! : ))