Hello there, this is Mama-in-law Tweedle. I spent the summer watching Miss Tweedle completing so many beautiful projects, I thought I should get going on some of my own re-dos I’d been procrastinating about.
|Here is a buffet we inherited and for years housed all of our crayons, paints, and craft supplies. It then moved into a bathroom for storage. It was looking pretty sad...|
|First off I stripped all the old finish off using Circa 1850 furniture stripper, a scraper, and steel wool.|
Wear rubber gloves for this step, it’s deadly stuff. I have tried the more natural products of haven’t been happy with the result. You need to do a good job of this or it will be evident forever. Be sure to soak all the hardware in a container of the stripper and use steel wool to remove the paint.
|Sand the entire piece with 220 grit sandpaper. Once you’re happy with the result, vacuum the piece and give it a good wipe down with mineral spirits (paint stripper, or turpentine).|
Now you’re ready for the stain. Stain goes a long way, so you will probably only need the smallest container available. If there’s a hidden spot to test it on - give it a try keeping in mind it will be a bit darker after a couple of coats.
Apply the finish with a quality brush evenly being sure to completely cover all of the surface. You need good lighting so you can be sure no spots have been missed. Let dry 6 hours, sand with 220 grit paper, vacuum, wipe down and repeat 2 more times. 3 coats are recommended. Let dry for a full 24 hours before using.
WHAT a difference!! It's just like brand new again!