Rehab Diaries: When You Just Need To Fix

With the craziness that’s been grad school, I haven’t had time to rehab much stuff lately.
Instead of giving up my favorite hobby, I thought I’d try a shortcut. Well, we all know what they say about taking shortcuts.

Cane back chair
Remember these?

I’ve been itching to work on these $14 beauties since I bought them at Goodwill a couple of months ago.

I have been planning on staining the wood really dark and repairing (okay, maybe just staining) the cane backing… top that off with a bold print (I’m seeing black with big green palm leaves with maybe some mustard yellow and burgandy stuff on it) and you’ve got a gorgeous  set of chairs.
The thing is, I’m short on time, and I hate, hate, hate the staining process.

So when I found this stuff at TJ Maxx, I figured it was worth a shot.
It was under $15 for both things, and I thought maybe the “Ebony” tint would darken the wood.

Before I "Restor-a-finish"-ed this puppy.
Before I “Restor-a-finish”-ed this puppy.

It was really easy to apply, dried quickly, and the wax smelled good.

While the wood looked A LOT better after I applied this stuff, it didn’t darken it much at all.

After the finish was "restored." Much better, but not the look I was hoping to achieve.
After the finish was “restored.” Much better, but not the look I was hoping to achieve.

Moral of the story? It’s better not to cut corners.

If you just want to refresh a piece, Restor-a-finish does a pretty good job, but when you need to re-stain, just go for it.


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