I am pretty realistic when it comes to furniture and kids, wouldn't spend a ton of money on a table or expect it to not get dinged up with kids around, but I draw the line at "gross"... and it was super close! When my son had a friend over the other day and went to eat lunch at the table I heard him say to his friend "um, yeah...lets go eat at the other table"!! He was embarressed! Not cool.
Originally I was thinking about stripping and re staining the top but didn't love the table enough to do all that extra work, so my quick fix solution was to do a faux zinc finish to the top.
After sanding it down, it still had a black/dark base from the original stain, which is what I wanted. I used the technique that I did on my faux zinc letters tutorial and applied it to the top of the table, going back with a few different tones until I got the desired look. Then sealed it with 3 coats of a lacquer clear coat.
Since I was on a roll, I decided to reupholster the seats with some left over fabric I had and loved from another project. I applied a few coats of stain resistant spray stuff to the fabric, let's see if it works!