How to retain the look and feel of my table.
I'm new to your excellent forums and I'm in need of some advice please. Apologies if I sound pretty naive in my question, but thankyou for any help you can give me.
I recently bought, in a charity shop, a nice looking old fashioned dining table that needed sanding down and some degree of repair. I saw it and thought it had great potential. I think it's oak.
I've sanded it down and I really like the natural bare wood look of it and also the roughish bare wood (almost farmhouse -ey), feel as well.
What I need advice on is how treat the table (oil, varnish, etc., I just don't know), to retain these attractive qualities - the natural look and colour, and the farmhouse -ey roughish feel of the table. I don't want to change it's colour and I don't want it to look like it's been treated with anything other than to bring out/enhance the richness of its already attractive look. But I do want to protect it from susceptibility to marks from cups, spills, etc..
Can you give me any tips please?
Thankyou very much.