Now, we don’t claim to be professionals by any means, but we’ve been around the block with ALL our furniture transformations … and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned! I have refinished MANY MCM pieces over the years and feel like I have developed a pretty good process.” Just do a search” for mid century” on my site…you will find many of the projects I have worked on over the years…my Lane Acclaim tables, television cabinet , barrel chairs , office chair , coffee table ……and sooooo much more! On a lot of projects woodworkers use the same wood species in both a solid wood form and as a plywood. This finish retains the structure of the wood and offers a sufficient protection against stains.
It is essential that all damaged areas be repaired on the surface of your wood veneer furniture. You cannot stain this filler, but see below for that product!) and sanded it with 220 grit paper. The thinned sealer prevents the next step from coloring the wood too much and obscuring the grain. Not only will the wood fibres be crushed, it stands to reason that some of that glue will migrate to the top surface of the veneer. These got a thick pigmented glaze, which I wiped with fine steel wool to make a grain pattern going 90 degrees to the edge of the table.
Layers of stain have the same ability to add color and blend with one another while letting each contribute to the overall appearance. The honey oak seemed economical, but the stained oak ended up looking luxe Check out the before and after here. With all the cutting, patching, and gluing completed, it’s time to remove the old finish. Veneer refers to a sheet of wood positioned by hand and glued onto a solid composite board.
As for the changing table pad, we haven’t snagged one yet but we’ve seen them at every major chain like Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain using a fine-grade sandpaper (#220) until smooth. As soon as the white spots disappear, stop rubbing and wipe the wood clean with a soft cloth. Yes y’all a piece of scrap wood the length of the surface your working on makes the BEST ever straight edge! Simply move the sander slowly over the surface of the wood in some pattern that covers all areas approximately equally.
Remove the last bits of finish on the legs using a fine-grit sponge or sandpaper, then switch to super-fine grit for final sanding. A third method is to use a dye rather than a stain (there are water-based and alcohol-based versions). There’s nothing worse than spending the time redoing a teak table (personal experience) you assumed was completely solid only to realize that its not when you accidentally sand through the veneer. That big glob at the bottom of the can is a sure indicator that the can contains a pigment stain. If it’s a pigment stain you’ll likely have to sand down to bare wood in order to apply a lighter stain (or live with the darker stain).
I am designing a light for a university assignment and have purchased some american walnut veneer which is extremely thin to steam bend into my shape and use as a cover over steam bent pine wood. Gel stain is applied to the surface of the wood but not rubbed-in like traditional stains; the application is more comparable to painting on multiple thin layers. The stain colour is affected by the gloss level of the product you choose to topcoat your stain.