I don't know why I am failing so bad at the before pictures, just think of a yellowish brown 70's colored wood. It was actually way uglier than the top color that has been sanded down here. But I put back the seat so you could see the lovely color it was before. It almost matches my blog...hmmm, note to self maybe change blog design.
It was a pretty easy project. First I unscrewed the seat and put it aside. Then, I just sanded down the top because I knew I wanted to stain it. Taped it off. I cleaned it with a baby wipe because I was out of tack cloths (ideal). Got out my HVLP Graco paint sprayer which you can find at your local Lowes. Although this project could have easily been done with a plain old paint brush. I painted it with a $5 a gallon oops paint which has actually become quite handy for me because it is a white premium paint and primer combo. Just takes out a step for me. Loving that!
A sprayed with 2 coats of white. I distressed it lightly with my electric sander because its quick, but you can use a sanding block. I like the 3M medium 100 grit. I then chose my stain for the top. I went with Minwax Rosewood. Again clean off with a tack cloth before you stain. I find applying stain with a foam brush works best. You can really control where it goes. Always have a rag nearby for wiping. I let it dry for about 24 hours before sealing it.
Then put a seal on the whole thing. Sometimes I spray on poly, not this time. I stained the top so I chose a wipe on poly for that and then I used a water based poly for the top. Anything painted white should be sealed with a water based poly. Otherwise it might yellow. I prefer Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic. The blue can :) I painted on two coats. The top with the wipe on, three coats.
Let it dry, read the can but usually a few hours, longer before it is actually used. I then recovered the seat with a damask gold upholstery fabric. I am not in love with the fabric, I think I might change it to a light aqua. But this is it for now. When re-covering something a good rule of thumb is to take off the existing fabric, in my case, pleather and trace the new fabric with the same pattern. I was lazy and just eyeballed it. But it turned out pretty good, don't cha think?
|I changed the seat fabric, I just wasn't feeling the |
gold damask with the cherry top. Cuter now!