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Hello you guys! I’m so excited to bring you this project today!
This 1920’s solid oak sideboard was a Craigslist find towards the beginning of the summer. I was absolutely smitten with its gorgeous carvings, but it sat untouched in the garage for several months thanks to some water damage and finish issues on the top that my usual methods weren’t able to solve.
When I brought the sideboard home and realized the top was going to need a little more work than anticipated, the first thing I did was sand down the old finish.
And then it sat. For a few months. As most projects do when I’m a little nervous to proceed.
So when Mohawk contacted me about trying out some of their wood finishing products, I had this sideboard in mind as the perfect candidate!
The body of the sideboard was in great condition and the original finish was still going strong, so I decided to tackle refinishing just the top. Since I buy a lot of furniture on Craigslist, this is an issue that I see again and again – and I’m excited to share that yes, it really is quite easy to refinish just the top of a piece of furniture and completely revitalize it!
Mohawk has been around since 1948 and their wood finishing, touch up and repair products are well-known to woodworking professionals. I’m a complete woodworking newbie, so I relied on the Mohawk team to point me in the right direction as to which products (and colors) I should use for this project – and they totally nailed it! The top and the body of the sideboard are a perfect match!
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Wiping Wood Stain
Since I was starting with an already sanded surface, step one in this refinishing project was the Wiping Wood stain in “Medium Walnut.” I applied it with a disposable brush and then wiped it off with a clean rag as per the instructions on the can.
With one easy coat, I was left with an awesome base color that closely matched the lightest portions of the sideboard’s body, undertones and all!
After allowing the stain to dry overnight, I followed up with the Finisher’s Glaze in “Van Dyke Brown” to match the darker portion of the sideboard’s coloring.
I applied it liberally with a brush, waited a few minutes, then very gently followed up with a clean rag, wiping in the direction of the wood grain.
The goal was to leave just enough of the glaze sitting on top of the stain to tint it slightly and add some variation between lighter and darker tones.
Finisher’s Choice Clear Lacquer
Finally, the back of the glaze can recommended topcoating within 6 hours of application, so I applied a light coat of the Finisher’s Choice clear lacquer and allowed it to dry.
This began a series of light coats of lacquer (multiple thin coats are recommended), followed by extra-fine steel wool once dry to achieve a smooth and durable finish.
Finally, I finished it off with a some paste wax that I already had for a handrubbed finish that doesn’t look too shiny and new and blends perfectly with the rest of this 90-something year old piece!
The Finished Project
This turned out even better than I had hoped! I’ll admit, I was nervous to get started, but once I dove in, I was surprised at how easy the transformation really was!
I’m very, very tempted to hang onto this gorgeous piece for my dining room. The more time I spend with a piece of furniture, the more I “bond” with it. But at the very least, I’m so glad to have been able to give this heirloom-quality vintage treasure a new lease on life. Here’s to the next 90 years!
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