A little while back Rich had asked me to work on “de-fratifying” his apartment. This unfortunate piece of furniture has lived in his hallway for years, without purpose or a secure top. When I inquired on where it came from, Rich shrugged and suggested that it most-likely was found on the street. Initially I considered tossing this piece out since it had no sentimental value, that is, until I noticed how the slots below perfectly held bottles of wine. Huzzah! A bar I would make, and a bar they would have.
I started by stripping the finish off, only to realize that parts of it were wood composite with a wood veneer lain over. Fearful that I wouldn’t be able to properly strip and re-stain these areas, I felt almost certain that this project was going to call for paint. Then I decided to take the plunge and try to strip the color anyway. The worst that could happen is that I’d just have to paint over those portions right?
It took several processes of stripping and very light sanding, but eventually we got it down to a pretty bare bones state.
For staining we used Minwax express color in Walnut. I’ve included a picture of the stain going on so you can see the difference. Let me tell you, I absolutely enjoyed this method of staining much more than what I’ve used in the past. The stain didn’t have the same toxic smell that made mequeasy and the wiping application went on much more smoothly than brush application. One thing I noticed was how you definitely need to use much more of the product than you would with the traditional brush-application method. This may be because the towel absorbs the product during application. Anyway one tube was perfect, but be prepared to buy a second one if you’re tackling something larger like restaining a dining table.
I styled the bar using a boot tray I found at target and a mirrored tray for cocktail tools. I bought Rich a delightful cocktail recipe book and gifted a beer boots to each of the roommates over the holidays.
Next I’m hoping to get that corkboard off the wall and add some overhead lighting.
copper boot tray ($25); Nate Berkus for Target Mirrored Tray (about $30); beer boots ($25 each); WIN-WARE Boston Cocktail Shaker Gift Set ($40); Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist ($13); Ryobi S652DK Sander ($29.97), wine glass racks (2 @ $8 each, $16 total) 100 Grit Sandpaper ($3.97), Medium Grade Steel Wool ($3.98), Microfiber Towels ($9.98 for 24 pack), 2 cans of Klean Strip Premuim Stripper($6.28), Minwax Express Color in Walnut ($7); Deft Clear Wood Finish ($5.98), mask ($19.97 for pack of 10), chemical protecting gloves ($5.97), putty knife ($1), and goggles ($2.97).
Excluding tools, materials I already had on hand, and items used to style the bar, the total cost came to roughly $57.
About a weekend.
Make sure you’re using THICK PVC chemical safe gloves when using this product.
The stripper and spray finish must be applied in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors.