Adding a Bit of Pizazz

I have a lot to share with you today - and I'm using several different products and several different methods and techniques to try them out and let you know what I've learned or discovered.

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So here we go.

First up: Let's look at the differences between three different General Finishes stains: Java Gel (my personal favorite), regular water-based stain, and dye stains.

If you've not used General Finishes dye stains, order some and check them out. They are water-based and super easy to work with.

So here's the deets:

After prepping the piece, I painted the body in Loganberry from Chalky Chicks and topcoated it with matte CrystaLac water-based polyurethane. I left some of the wood parts that were had a nice grain and spiffed them up with Wise Owl Lemon Verbena salve, a gift from a friend, Beverly Watson, one of my Blueprint members.

General Finishes was kind enough to send me some products to try out since they are our sponsors this month on Furniture Flipping Forum (you should come join us!), so I used the water-based dye stain (first time ever!) on the bodies of the drawers, inside and out. I also used it to go over the front of the drawers to fill in any scratches.

LOVED the dye stain.

I also left the top alone and kept the glass that topped it and cleaned up the original hardware. I usually replace or paint the hardware, but this one seemed to need the original. I've never been a real fan of the bat wing pulls, but for some reason I just had to leave them alone - I even left the original patina because it just "felt right."



Thomas Estate Desk before

Using the GF dye stain on the sides of the drawers gave me a more even tone to use for my decorative background and since it is water based, I didn't have to wait long for it to dry in order to do the fancy artsy part.


Thomas Desk Money Shot
Thomas Desk top angled
Thomas Desk side corner
Thomas Desk side angle
Thomas Desk side
Thomas Desk pull out drawer
Thomas Desk front chair

The most interesting part about this desk is the side grain and the decorative the drawers. I like to add a surprise element, so I will often add a little flair to the drawers. After I dye stained the drawers, I added a background design and layered stencils over top to give it a unique old-world look.

background drawers
stencil drawer
stenciled drawers
Thomas Desk side + drawers
Thomas Desk front chair

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