I’m tired of talking about moving. I’m tired of thinking about moving.
So here’s a little project I finished in the pre-moving days. It always makes me think of this T-shirt quote:
I bought a card catalog last summer (that’s 2011…not 2012). It only took me a year to do something with it! Far too often I get involved in projects that don’t ever stay in my home…but this was an exception! I knew I wanted to keep this one.
I love it, but I wasn’t crazy about the bland medium-oak finish.
This spring I discovered a MIRACLE product: General Finishes Gel Stain. With it, you can darken an existing wood stain without completely removing the original finish—you just have to scuff it up a little. (See this post for a more complete description of how to use it.)
I used three coats of stain, wiped on with a sock, and let each coat dry for about 24 hours in between.
I love the new color, and the fact that there are some variations of light and dark shades. Some might call that user error, but I prefer to think of it as character!
I love the pull-out trays on this piece!
The card catalog sits in our front-room-home-office, and I see it and smile every day now. And I think to myself “Come to the dark side…”
But who hid the cookies??
You can see my other office projects here: