I have a friend who’s been putting gentle pressure on me to refinish some furniture for her son’s room (I painted a desk for her daughter last year).
I kept telling her, “Wait till spring!”
As soon as we had two consecutive days of 60-degree weather, she was calling me
The tricky part was that she didn’t want painted furniture this time, she just wanted to darken the existing stain on some pieces she already had. I will frankly admit that I was NOT excited about that plan. The only way I knew to get a good, stained finish was to get down to bare wood as best as possible—and anything with creases and corners is a nightmare.
Can blogs be answer to prayers? I think so!
And is it OK to be in love with a refinishing product? I hope so!
I am SO impressed with the gel stain! I did NOT have to strip or sand to bare wood. After scuff-sanding all the surfaces…
And trust me, there were a LOT of surfaces…
A dresser with nine drawers and two cupboard doors…
…a TV stand-turned-nightstand (also has two cupboard doors)…
…and a bookcase headboard with two shelves…
Sorry, that’s all the “before” pictures I remembered to take!
I applied the gel stain (espresso color) using my husband’s old socks! (That’s what Monica recommended for her project.) It worked GREAT! I may have to buy my husband some more socks so I can have the old ones!
You can’t freak out after the first coat goes on…it’s going to look at little splotchy.
OK, maybe it will look a LOT splotchy!
But it’s better after two coats (I waited 24 hours between coats)…
…and SO much better after three!
The funny thing about this gel stain—it smells sweet! And it looks (and feels) like chocolate pudding. I was almost tempted to take a taste!
No, not really!
To finish things up, I used two coats of General Finishes Top Coat (using more socks), and I painted the hinges and the casters with ORB spray paint.
Then I pestered my friend until she let me come take pictures of everything in Zack’s room!
Zacky was happy to show me his “new room.”
I always like to see a satisfied customer!