I decided to try it out on our well worn and wobbly desk. This little desk was a victim of a poor refinishing job. Sections of finish were raised and bumpy like it was applied by sponge painting.
|Bumpy and worn finish.|
|Beat up drawer.|
|Sanded and ready for stain.|
|First coat of stain.|
The final result is wonderful! Almost glass-like to the touch, it has a much more subtle sheen than a polyurethane finish. Antique pulls complete the look. They are mismatched but I like that, for now.
To solve the issues with the drawer, I rubbed a block of beeswax on the underside of the drawer that comes in contact with the guides on the inside of the desk. It certainly helps and can be reapplied as needed. To help corral our clutter, I added balsa wood dividers. These aren't glued in, just cut to be snug, so this is reversible. The bottom of the drawer is lined with a pretty fabric.
|New (old) hardware.|
|Latest thrift score - brass task lamp.|
|One more look at the before...|