We have an antique elementary school science lab table which we use as an island in our kitchen. It has the original swivel seats aand we prepare food and eat around this table
The butcher block top has the original black paint and has the original slate well in the center, where kids would pour their science chemicals.
Because we use this table for food preparation we were wondering if there was advice about how to refinish the top. We really like the original black paint but is coming off on dish clothes and probable is lead paint. Should we prime and repaint with black paint over the old? Or should we put a clear sealant over the old paint or should we strip and refinish with food grade mineral oil and beeswax? Thank you for your advice. Tori