If you have ever watched cooking shows on television, you know how the miracle happens—you know, how the cook just finishes mixing up a cake, and seconds later pulls out a perfectly baked cake from the oven (sometimes with the frosting already on it??).
I think furniture-refinishing blogs use some of the same magic. I mean, I can show you a “before” table like this one (yes the legs were originally white, but a little dinged up):
And end up with a picture like this:
…with no description of the blood, sweat, tears, and bad decisions that went in to it!
Today I will attempt to alter that misconception.
I’m sure you’ve seen these pine tables everywhere. I think they sell them at all the big box stores! The top was originally in a natural wood finish, and what these tables have going for them is about 193 layers of polyurethane (they wear like iron). I thought that I could just sand it down and be done with it.
Did I mention there are 193 layers of polyurethane?
Well, I thought I had it all off, and so I applied a layer of stain. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I wiped off the excess—only to find it came completely off the table wherever I “missed a spot”…or twelve.
I sanded my now-slightly-gooey table again (which is kind of hard on sandpaper). Stained again. Wiped again. Ahh, only 9 missed spots.
This was not going well.
Having worked on these tables before, I should have been smarter to begin with (obviously I wasn’t). I finally did what I should have done to begin with—and that was to apply a healthy layer of stripper to remove the last vestiges of the original finish.
Sanded again. Stained again. Wiped again.
So that’s my “do over” table. No miracles, just a lot of work!
Wishing I had done it right the first time, and saved myself a whole lot of time and aspirin!
And wishing that all YOUR “do over” moments…are few!
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