When I moved into my townhome apartment two years ago, we needed furniture—desperately. Luckily, I found a beautiful burnt orange corduroy couch and chaise lounge set that I loved and matched the colors I wanted in the living room. It has a gorgeous burnt orange finish, and black wrought iron legs with a storage area underneath the table.
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Minwax PolyShades is a brand of one-step wood stain that applies wood color and a protective polyurethane coating in a single step. The oil-based product can be applied to any wood surface, including wooden windowsills. If the windowsill becomes scratched or dingy, remove the stain and recoat it or apply a different paint altogether.
Okay, so 18 months after I started my refin project, and 15 months after I shelved it from frustration, I'd like to give it another go. I stripped the factory finish off a Gibson Les Paul Studio, screwed up several times, and now I've got a guitar stained black with several layers of crappy Minwax Polycrylic that needs to be removed. I'd like to strip it back to bare wood, grain fill, seal the wood, and spray some Reranch tinted lacquer.
As messy as it is, sometimes stripping off an old, unwanted finish is unavoidable, especially if we want to appreciate the beauty of the grain hidden beneath a layer of paint or dark tinted varnish. If you would like to see how I tackled this stripping job, just read on. I could see on the arm where the dark tinted varnish almost like a paint had worn away, revealing the beautiful oak grain, so I knew this would be worth the effort.
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Polyurethane for wood provides a high-gloss, durable finish. Polyurethane is available in both oil-based and water-based formulas. Oil-based polyurethanes are resistant to water, alcohol and acids.
Over the years, I have transformed many well-made, discarded pieces of furniture into useful and interesting additions to my home. My favourite examples are: an old wooden ice box that now holds stereo components; a wooden seed package display cabinet from a hardware store is now an eclectic kitchen cabinet; two tall chimney cabinets now hold years of photo albums, and a radio cabinet from the s has become a foyer table and bookcase. Maybe you have been given a family heirloom or have found a piece of furniture that could become very beautiful, useful and practical. If you're questioning if the piece has monetary value, take it to an expert and have it appraised before doing anything that could devalue it.