Not gonna lie - this piece needed some serious rescuing! It was super dirty inside and out, the top was scratched up, and there were other issues.
With the deep scratches in the top I had to sand it down to bare wood. That leaves a nice blank slate for stain though!
I used Voodoo Gel Stain in two colors - Tobacco Road and White Magic - to give it dimension. This water-based stain is sheer, so you can build to the coverage you like. I used the blue sponge applicator to apply the stain.
I gave the top a day or two to dry then sealed it with a few coats of Gator Hide for ultimate durability.
Because this piece was extra shiny, I scuff-sanded it all over with my power sander and 220-grit paper. This gives it “teeth” so the paint will adhere better.
Then I gave the enire piece a good cleaning with White Lightening Cleaner.
For the base I chose Dixie Belle Paint in Caviar - a rich, true black.
Two coats, then lightly smooth it with a very broken-in sanding sponge.
I sealed the paint with Howdy Do Hemp Oil, brushed on, and wiped off the excess with a finishing pad.
I updated the hardware by cleaning it with White Lightening then spraying it with Rustoleum metallic spray paint.
I also brushed on some Big Mama’s Butta inside the drawers to revive and refresh them.
It was a lot of work, but worth the effort.
Oh - I also dabbed a tiny bit of Art Alchemy Wax on these carved details.
Do you like black furniture? If you're a flipper, has it done well for you?