When we last left the stump table in the nursery, it was sanded and stained. And loved by me- but that is beside the point. I was afraid to add poly to it because it was still fresh wood and it needed to cure some more.
Or so said my intensive google research.
And I am happy to say that was the correct decision. Books protected the top from spit-up, drool and other baby related liquids. I had noticed the cracks becoming larger as time went on, and one day during one of our early marathon feeding sessions, I actually heard a loud pop coming from the stump and saw one of the cracks had doubled in size.
So after it had cured for six months and we were actually getting sleep and thinking about DIY again, I restained the widened crack with a small paintbrush.
And then added a couple cots of polyurethane in semi gloss.
Much shinier. And better protected.
So the stump is officially done. I like the sheen of the finished product but if you are making your own stump and want it to look more natural, you could tone down the gloss. Or rub in a paste wax. I entertained that idea, but considering that a certain someone likes to chew on it now on a regular basis, I did not think that was the most prudent decision. Not Derek in case you were worried.
This table has worked out perfectly in the nursery and has stood up beautifully to first the spitting and then the chewing and now the pulling. Derek (who thought it was a stupid idea in the beginning) is now a big fan. And being able to say “I was right” is a beautiful thing. Especially when you have a great and cheap table to show for it.