So here's what I did manage to accomplish because the inner control freak in me would not give in to mere germs and the sofa with hot tea, blankie and chicken soup until I was much sicker than I realized.
I sanded off the old finish, re-stain and poly my dining room table to now better match my chairs.
Goodbye beautiful flawless incorrect maple finish and hello new finish. This time since I now had the chairs in hand I stained the rails for the leaves and did a color match with the chairs before proceeding.
I did a bit of rearranging switching out my dry sink and the desk. I also took down the christmas tree and passed it on to my sister. It was our mother's and must be 40 years old. My sister has decorated it somehow with a sewing theme which I can't wait to see. She could have been an interior decorator that sister of mine. She can take a box of junk and create the neatest arrangement from nothing. But again, I am off track.
I shopped my house and swapped out a few pieces from other rooms. I replaced the heavier bench I had with the lighter one on the left - all ready to provide that extra holiday seating.