I've started to refinish my dining room furniture, which I got from Craigslist a few months ago, with the hope of having it finished by Thanksgiving weekend so I can put my mess away and decorate for Christmas. Here is a reminder of where we started with the server:
It doesn't look too bad in that photo, but below is a good pic of the top, and you can clearly see what needs to be done here. This piece was actually the bottom of the hutch, and you can see where the top piece used to sit. I've swapped it out with the actual server because I like how this fits under my windows. Anyway...
I needed to strip the top down. I like to use this product, which just sort of eats off the finish, and you rub off the goo with steel wool. Effective and quick, but on this piece I was going through a lot of steel wool. This finish was so gooey that I gave up after a pack of steel wool, and went with Citrastrip to finish it up. Either one works, but maybe I will just use this product on smaller pieces from here out.
So here you can see the bare wood that was under the old finish. I cleaned it, conditioned it, and stained it with Kona. Its darker than Antique Walnut and takes fewer coats to get a nice dark finish. This I learned from Kristy at 4 the Love of Wood, who is like the Yoda of furniture refinishing.
Here we are, mid-way through the refinish with the top stained and the bottom in a coat of Pure White ASCP. Can you tell I like the white bottom/stained top combo? I have done this to six pieces already. Hmm... maybe I need to change things up. But not just yet, the dining room is all going to match!
The top is just beautiful with the dark stain and 3 coats of poly...
Here is the finished piece... love! I'm thinking next are the table and chairs, but I am getting a little sidetracked at the moment with another piece that I just HAVE to redo so I can use it for Christmas decorating in the living room. Hopefully that will be a quick one!
Partying at the following:
Feathered Nest Friday
Show & Tell Friday
Have a great weekend!