One week closer to being finished! I spent Saturday sanding and stripping the finish off of the buffet in our foyer. Originally, I was going to paint it, but now I think it’s going to stay light. I love the warmth the natural wood it brings to the space.
I started to give the piece a quick sanding before painting it black. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is solid wood. I expected to find wood veneer. This piece holds all of our board games and puzzles.
Once I saw that light wood, I couldn’t stop. I had to see what was underneath! Here’s a “before” picture of the buffet. The gray paint I had haphazardly thrown on a few years ago was scratched and in need of some help.
I used 2-3 coats of Citristrip to cut through the layers of paint, varnish, and stain. In between each coat, I stripped what I could and reapplied. Make sure to wait long enough in between to allow the stripper to work. To keep the stripping agent from drying out, I covered it with plastic wrap. I learned this fabulous tip from Amy at The Coastal Oak. She has amazing tutorials on refinishing furniture.
Once I scraped as much of it as I could, I used steel wool to scrub the wood. I followed that by sanding with a coarse grit sandpaper using an orbital sander. I plan to stain the bamboo sections a slightly darker color (maybe walnut) and leave the rest a natural wood. I don’t think I’ll be able to strip the bamboo details completely, and the darker stain will hide the imperfections in the stripping process while giving a nice visual detail.
Next week I will decide on paint for the door and hang the new light fixture. Look for an update on Thursday-ish!
Here’s one last shot of the room currently. FYI, the outfit is linked on Like to Know it here, if you’re interested.
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