I learned that it would be ideal if I bought an oil-based stain as well as oil-based polyurethane that is semi-gloss. I am glad that I read this blog before proceeding because Katie (the blogger) mentioned that her finished product had yellow spots which were the areas that she did not sand well enough and still had the previous polyurethane. As a result, I felt that I might re-sand my table again before applying the stain but unfortunately I ran out of sanding paper so the plan was to buy sanding paper when I bought the stain and polyurethane.
I went to Home Depot this time knowing what I needed. I went to get the sanding paper first I picked out the DIABLO Brand. I knew I would need a coarse grit (60 grit) and a medium grit (100 grit) they were $2.97 each.
Next I went to get the stain. My vision was to have my coffee table be a dark color so I picked out MINWAX Wood Finish Jacobean which cost $8.12 including the paintcare fee.
After choosing the stain I went to look at the polyurethane. Katie (the blogger) recommended Zinsser but I decided to get the same brand as the stain so I picked MINWAX Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss which cost $11.12 including the paintcare fee.