I did some work on the craigslist counter last week and I thought I would share how it’s shaping up.
Now, I’ll be honest…I was planning on painting it.
The wood was looking really red, the finish has some unsightly paint splatters, it was really dirty, and it seemed like such a massive black hole with how dark it was.
But, I stripped a section of the side, I painted a swatch on the side and the back, and I even painted one drawer. It just wasn’t working for me. The paint was flaking a lot and I didn’t like the contrast of the dark wood and the pale gray paint. I also felt like the piece might look ordinary painted.
So, I took a step back and decided to give it a little spa day. Buff it out, oil it up, and see how I felt about it then.
I worked with Jenn on this one, which was nice, since there are so many drawers! I even commented that it’s a perfect piece to work on with a buddy. We started out by lightly sanding each drawer with 120 grit paper to remove the paint splatters and the grungy build-up.
Then vacuumed the dust off…
And slathered each drawer with some Hemp Oil.
It’s like that wood was sleeping and we woke it up.
The finish looked so much better. We also cleaned and oiled all of the metal hardware and started putting it all back on.
I even cut paper labels to put in the holders, because that little break of white from the dark wood makes a big difference visually…
I need to put on the rest of the hardware and I still have to figure out what to do for the missing side and the top, but for now, it’s looking pretty nice.
And, if I ever want to paint it down the road, well, I think I can manage that…