A few years ago, I bought a gorgeous,dining table for my hearth room, and every since I have been on the lookout for a sideboard that would look right with it. The table was one of those distressed tables that is made from reclaimed wood and, I wanted something that would look as if it was part of a set. Eventually, I came across a discounted sideboard (75% off) that had the right look, but unfortunately, the finish was a bit too red. It was also missing the legs, which was why it was discounted so much. Of course, I was not to be deterred…… so, on to refinishing the sideboard.
- Jasco Premium stain and epoxy remover (spray can version)
- Paint brush (1 to spread the remover evenly and 1 for the sealer)
- Final stripping pads (these are less likely to scratch than the Heavy Duty pads)
- 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
- Bag of Rags
- tack cloth
- protective gloves
- Stain (I used Minwax in dark walnut)
- Polycrylic (I used Minwax clear satin)
Standard Stripping Process
I like to use the Jasco in the can, because it is easy to spread. Plus, I don’t notice much of an odor and it works quickly. (Make sure to wear protective gloves when using any chemical product. I have gotten this stuff (Jasco) on my skin before, and although it didn’t cause any visual effect, it definitely created a burning sensation).
I started prepping the piece. (Remove the doors and all hardware. Clean to remove dirt/residue) Then, I sprayed the Jasco on an area just large enough that I could work it within a 5 minute span. (Wait for approximately 5-10, but don’t let the remover dry). Once it was ready, I begin scraping in long smooth strips. After I had gone over all of the flat surfaces, I applied a second coat of the remover and began to remove the finish from all the little nooks and crannies with the finishing pads. I ended up going through about 6 pads. However, I wasn’t concerned with getting down to a completely raw furniture piece. Since I was planning to use a stain darker than the original, a bit of original stain here and there would just add to the reclaimed look. Otherwise, I imagine I would have needed to do another round with the remover.
Once I had it stripped down, I cleaned it thoroughly with a damp cloth. I waited 24 hours and then applied 2 coats of stain, (rubbed on with lint free rags) allowing 4-5 hours between each coat. I waited another day before applying 2 coats of the sealer. This I applied with a Purdy brush. I very lightly sanded between the coats, just to smooth down any rough areas. (make sure to use a tack cloth to go over the piece before each coat of sealer).
The Refinished Sideboard
Finally, after letting it dry for another 24 hours, I replaced the hardware and doors and moved it to its new location.