At first, I planned to paint the table for sure, because it was so rough, but I think I will try to restain it. The bottom would have to be stripped before accepting stain, though, because it appears after its mishap and broken leg, someone also varnished just the bottom. So I will stain and varnish what will accept the stain and assess the appearance. If it is really terrible, I will paint it, but t seems such a shame. The chairs will be fine stained and varnished. I have a ton of Bioshield wood finishes to choose from and will use a highly durable one, such as the floor finish. This may be the last life for these pieces, though if I take care of them, perhaps they will last another 100 years. I suspect the chairs are from the 1930s, possibly the 40's, but the table is newer made to look old. Now, with all its injuries and repairs, it does look old again.
The set of 5 chairs, one Captain's chair with arms and the table with two leaves will be my new kitchen set and it will fit beautifully in my little farmhouse. Just a few more days of work, one to remove the staples, and two to stain, then three to varnish or clear coat with the organic Bioshield product and I will have a new kitchen table and chairs, and one that I love to boot. It is going to be so pretty.