I had just taken my niece to NY for the Christmas lights, and had gone to Bendels. I just LOVE that packaging! haha I wanna buy something in there just to get the bag! I find inspiration in the craziest places! In this case, a department store paper bag :-)
But I had also just become a retailer for General Finishes and I wanted to show people how they could use the gel stains over existting finishes.
So I did the usual prep but didn't otherwise address the original blonde wood finish, I taped off the stripes ( yes I eyeballed them), and then wiped on 3 coats of Java gel letting it dry a full day in between coats. When I removed the tape, I loved how the tape lines had grapped more of the stain, making the stripes almost look inlaid! happy accident! I gave the whole thing 3 coats of GF High Performance Satin to seal it all in, and stained the handles with the java gel.
Loved the way it turned out, it's really striking in person, and offers a great example of how the products can work.
See, shopping can be inspiring! :-)