How I upcycled my chest box using stain

Another chest box that I upcycled, this time using stain.  Seriously beginning to wonder where the heck all these boxes are coming from.  If you want to read up on my other chest box revamp, have a peek here and here.  This one is for all the timber, himself has been chopping away for the winter months.

Here’s the before picture, don’t ask what I was thinking, but I went through a phase of painting everything in red at once stage!  I used my sander to get most of it off but I had to use some paint stripper to get more of the stubborn paint off.

How I upcycled an old chest box using stain How I upcycled an old chest box using stain

 

And  here it is after I sanded it down to the butt, nice eh?  I kept with a geometric design but decided this time to use stain instead of paint, to fill in the blank bits.  Using frog tape, I marked out the design.

How I upcycled an old chest box using stainHow I upcycled an old chest box using stain

 

Using the stain, I lightly applied it in some parts and in other parts I applied it heavy, just to see what kind of effect would come up.  I  used a cloth to apply the stain and wore gloves.  The stain I used was just some I had in my garage, nothing special but I do like the colour it gives.  It was called Indian rose wood.  The other stains I had were too light, I thought.

 

 

 

Here it is during the process, I had just applied the stain and was buffing it into the wood.

How I upcycled an old chest box using stain

 

 

How I upcycled an old chest box using stainHow I upcycled an old chest box using stainHere is it is all finished.  What do you think?  Oh and I did seal it with some clear varnish to protect it.  All in all, it didn’t take too long to do, the sanding was the hard bit, but I actually like sanding.  You can see the grain of the wood coming through the naked wood, I think it gives a nice effect. You can see below, the front and and back, of the finished piece.

How I upcycled an old chest box using stainHow I upcycled an old chest box using stain

 

Till next time !

Maura

 

How I upcycled an old chest box using stain

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8 thoughts on “How I upcycled my chest box using stain

  1. shirleyrainbow says:

    Really like it! It’s perfect under your table too, the geometric pattern works well with bright turquoise legs!
    I thought of you today- I was going round an antiques centre, there were so many cool but knackered pieces of furniture that needed your touch! 😊 xx

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