A client had a breakfront cabinet that she felt was stuck in the 80’s – the color finish – pinkish blonde. She didn’t want a painted finish -she just wanted it darker. Not an easy fix – finished wood furniture typically requires sanding/stripping and starting with a fresh stain color – or, simpler – painting over it with easy paints like Caromal Colours basecoats.
I gave her an option of trying a ‘quick fix’ – using a gel stain and applying it directly over the existing finish. I forewarned her – you can’t guarantee what you’re gonna get … the stains can bite into one area stronger than an other… her piece was in lovely condition so she stood a pretty good chance that the gel stain could work for her piece. I made a trip out to test it on the inside door – this was using a lighter color, but even that was enough for her to say ‘lets do it’…
So I came back with a color called Dark Walnut
My plan was to get it done in one day, but the inside kicked my butt, and I had to take 5 drawers back to the shop to complete
I’ll rate this application at least medium difficulty in terms of DIY ease – I won’t lie and say it doesn’t offer a challenge… I’d recommend practicing on something of no value before tackling a piece you adore – once you start you can’t go back easily.
I was quite pleased with the transformation, the homeowner liked but didn’t love – she felt it took the piece from the 80’s to 90’s , but she was looking for the 2000’s…. I told her when I returned w/the finished drawers I could take one more swipe at it (just the exterior) since it would be completely dry
This was on the return – it took an extra hour to apply another wash of stain -the first layer took 8 hours…
she loved the results so much
that she sent me home with the matching server
that one I was only able to snap shots of layer one, they picked it up before I took final photos, but even this way its lovely…
Just in time for a Thanksgiving family gathering! I hope all of you had a blessed day!