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.

Obsessed With Orange

Obsessed With Orange

All about the brights is right. These babies came from the “Free” section on Craigslist (you may also recognize them stuffed into the car on the “Prius Problems” post.)

This picture gives you a good idea of how much difference some color can make. I’m still debating putting a coat of lacquer on the chairs.

When I sent this photo to my mom, all she said was “weird.” If this is weird, I really don’t mind. The most important thing to remember when picking out, buying, or refinishing something is to stick with what you like, what makes you happy. After all, you’re the one that is going to be looking at it every day. Why not love it?