Do you ever have those days when you feel like your waited-forever-for project just isn’t going as planned? Life throws at you work schedules, crummy weather, and even a dead vehicle (the only one your family of 7 can fit in). Did I mention we are pretty handy mechanics too? (sigh)That’s the point we’re at right now. Some of you have asked to see our progress, and here it is at it’s stalled point.
|Yes, that’s my hard-working husband!|
I ran into the typical waterfall hang-ups that I’ve encountered on every dressing table I’ve done. You can see the others in my portfolio or in my shop. The veneer is aged and brittle and if you even think about touching it with a sander it will begin to lift off.
|See the two worn spots on the bottom-left?|
Ugh. Well, after double-checking with my client, she agreed to go ahead and sand away the remaining veneer and left a nice wood-grain, which in the end was a nice oak piece.
The choice of stain she chose was the Minwax Espresso. I love the deep dark color you get, and it took 3 coats to achieve the color you see on the finished piece.
The drawers already had gorgeous brass pulls, so those were kept, but the paisley upholstery on the bench had to go. What better than Cream and Mint Chevron? Don’t they look great together?
I really do enjoy staining old pieces to see the fullness of wood come back to life again, but I think my favorite method is painting (mixed with stain too!). Little less elbow grease and less stinky too.
What’s your favorite….stain or paint?
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