Back to the furniture. Here is the before: (GAW I love before and after pics!)
EEK! Blonde Wood!
Sorry for the mess. I forget to take proper before pics
This was before sanding, it was just a very pale pink/blonde wood.
Before and 1 coat
(Hardware purchased at Target)
Again, side by side before & afters
So I usually do only 2 coats, sometimes 1 coat of Java Gel Stain. However, on these light colored pieces, I had to do 3 coats each, and 2 coats of poly, since my son is 15 years old and I wanted to add more protection on the surfaces. Again, I bought the hardware at Target for like $29 and it was a 10pc set of Brushed Nickle door pulls, to give it more of a masculine look.
Then I was bored. I found a coffee table online for $10. It was shaky, had gum and cat hairs all over it and looked like a few kids and dog had all cut their teeth on it. Either that, or the people raised a houseful of hungry Beavers. Regardless, it was a nice coffee table underneath the misuse, and the glass inserts were in great condition.
Here is the before:
At a recent workshop, I was showing the ladies how you can Gel Stain anything, other than wood. So I brought an old lighting fixture (I call them "Boob Lights" because, well, you get it)
It is a Nickle Brushed fixutre, matched no other lighting fixtures in my house.
Now on this application, I used my trusty sponge brush, and "patted" the gel stain on, to give it a hammered-effect. I did 1 coat of "patting", and no poly. I can imagine any Gold lighting fixture would look even better than the nickle.
On to the horrid, lonely end table. This poor thing has survived every kid I have. In fact, as I was sanding it, I had to sand off my own children's bite marks, 3 pieces of gum and the word "Poop" written in ink, on top. (not normally necessary to sand raw wood, but in this case of sheer neglect and rebellion of time-out, it was)
I wasn't sure how it would turn out, since this wood was so porous. So I started by using a "regular" stain, in the Walnut color.
The drawer took the real stain good, but I wasn't pleased how it didn't cover it
The real Walnut stain looked like someone poured green pea soup on top. Or, as my naughty child had predicted in writing "Poop".
Then I said to heck with it, and covered it with Java Gel Stain. It coated it really nicely (no surprise!) and hid all the imperfections that I couldn't sand away.
It's not the most gorgeous piece I have ever stained, but considering how it looked when I started it, I would give it a 1 thumbs up and keep it, after all.