Refinished Furniture Take One

Hello there stranger!  Miss me?  Ya well I missed you!!  We have been busy around here with kiddo stuff, and I have been project working in between as much as I can attempting to finish up my long list for the kids rooms.  

In the midst of moving and swapping furniture out to make sure everyone had what they needed/wanted, I was faced with doing some furniture re-finishing.  Normally I would have slapped some paint on it and called it good.  But, of course my little one wanted brown – to go with his nature theme – of course.  I know I could’ve still slapped some paint on it, but I have an aversion with painting wood brown.  You see, in our first home, the previous owners had so kindly painted ALL the wood in the house chocolate brown….

So, I decided to try my hand at stripping and re-finishing a couple of pieces.  One was a headboard and foot board that we had stored in the attic.  It was my daughter’s last and I had painted it to look like this.

Cute, but not really the little guy’s style.  So, on the recommendation of many bloggers, I thought I would try this.

It worked very well, and there was no bad odor!! Fabulous!!  Little man even got in on the fun! I call that sweat equity!

Being this was my first time, and I had zero idea what I was doing, I think it turned out pretty well.

I love the rustic, imperfect look that we achieved. (Even if it was accidental.)  

The other piece that I tackled was a piece that I picked up for a steal of $10 at a garage sale.  We knew it was worth more than that when we hoisted it into the back of our truck (it was heavy).  

And of course, in non-blogger style, I took to it with the stripper before I got a before shot. 🙁 But, you can see in these pics a bit of the lovely baby blue color they had painted it.  

This piece was amazing!!  I don’t know what kind of wood this is but, it finished beautifully.

Each piece got a coat of stain and a coat of polyurethane.  You can see in the photo below from left to right – before, stain on, stain wiped off.

After finishing the second piece I realized that there were spots on the headboard where we scratched it up when we were scraping the paint off, and there were places where I don’t think I got ALL of the original stain and poly off. But, you know what they say about hindsight, and like I said, I like the rustic finish!!

Have you ever re-finished a piece of furniture? Would you do it again?  I would!  It was not near as hard I thought it might be.  Time and patience is all that it needed!!

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