Then the final step was to revive the leather tops. For this I applied hemp oil with a small natural bristled brush, or you can use a soft lint free cloth. We call hemp oil liquid gold and when you use it for the first time you'll understand. It has to be one of the best multi purpose oils around. You can read more about hemp oil here at Miss Mustard Seed.
The act of cleaning and sanding lets me get to know the piece. I learn its little nuisances which help me decide how too finish it. Giving your furniture that little bit of TLC at the beginning will ensure the painted surface is durable. If you take shortcuts then you could end up with a finish that doesn't last.