While adding a few final accessories to the Home Office Redesign, I noticed the orange pencils looked great in the room. Shoot! Wasn't this color similar to the original stain on the desk chair I was refinishing, having recently begun to sand off some of the stain?
I had planned to stain the sanded frame a walnut color, creating a finish on the chair similar to the top of the cabinet. Maybe I needn't have even bothered. Now, how do I backtrack?
I wondered, what would happen if I finished sanding the frame, but didn't remove all of the original stain? Could I then restain it with a similar color, creating a worn looking finish? It sure would take a lot less time than having to completely remove all the old stain. And given how many refinishing projects I've done recently, finding a shortcut would certainly put a smile on my face!
I figured I had nothing to lose by trying. It only took about an hour to finish sanding the frame, from where I had left off a couple of weeks ago. It was a rainy day and I didn't even bother to move the chair into the garage to sand...I wanted to be warm and comfortable. (I could vacuum the room later!)
Afterwards, the chair was moved into the garage to be stained. A bit of dust was fine but stain fumes are another issue.
The frame was wiped down, cleaning it of dust, and then a layer of Minwax Red Oak Stain was rubbed over the frame. These steps took just a few minutes.
The next day the finished chair was brought into the office. The worn finish and color looks great in the room, and I was celebrating the fact that cutting corners on this project worked out just fine!
Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the finished room. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the last item that has been brought into the room. I am loving it!