Once in a blue moon, a piece with a salvageable top finds me. I get all giddy at the thought of revealing a gorgeous wood grain but I’d be a big fat liar if I said I enjoyed the labor involved! The work of sanding is lessened with the help of an orbital sander (the easiest all electric sanders) though so I thought I’d share my latest wood love and a few tips … just in case a salvageable piece finds you!
I started out sanding with 80 grit sandpaper to remove the bulk of the finish quickly then finished with 220 for a smooth even surface. If you’ve never sanded with an orbital sander, I have a few tips
- Don’t apply too much pressure. Allow the weight of the sander to do the work for you.
- Use the finest grit possible.
- Work in sections and move the sander slowly. This will allow the sander, which moves in tiny circles, more contact with the surface. Moving it back and forth will actually take more time and elbow grease.
Incredible difference, right?
I used Farrell Calhoun’s stain on this top then sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil … LOVE that stuff! Can you see the subtle sheen it gave?
After staining, I painted the body with Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner, aka, the most perfect neutral, mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder. I kissed the edges with a little natural distressing then sealed the piece with my Custom Clear.
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Smooches to you all and lots of love!