Have you ever experienced large project fatigue? I certainly did on this project. It’s a very good thing that these two turned out as elegantly as they did! If you can’t tell already, stripping and staining make me very grouchy but *usually* very happy when I’m done. I am happy now!
This sideboard was dark and gloomy, hidden under layer upon layer of nasty varnish. Thankfully the Furniture Hunter saw its true potential. After a weekend full of applying stripper, scraping, cleaning and repeat and forcing myself to take a break before I ran a screwdriver through the top out of frustration (painting furniture can really bring out one’s anger issues), the stunning natural wood shone through.
The pictures do not even do this piece justice. The wood top is stunning in real life. This picture comes close to capturing the wood grain. I stained both pieces with two coats of Dark Walnut and sealed with Endurance Finish.The smaller sideboard could be used as a bar cabinet, entry way table or console table.I decided not to distress because I wanted a clean, elegant white.I only stain when I really think that the piece calls for it and with these two pieces, it definitely paid off!!! Thank you to my loving husband for listening to me vent all weekend and then celebrating in their beauty when I finished as well as letting me haul our dining room table outside and start stripping it because I was inspired by the stain on these two beauties! I’m buying him pizza tonight – it’s a delivery kinda night.
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