The Carved Cupboard

By Cindy Collins, Owner, Designer at Romancing the Home at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Buford, GA.

The rich details and woodgrain finish of this elaborately carved cupboard had slowly faded over time. Sunlight, environmental factors, waxes and wear had all taken their toll.  The nicks, dings, scratches and fading were well beyond "character" marks and had become a distraction to the overall beauty of this unique piece.  After a thorough cleaning and prep, General FInishes Water Based Stain in Walnut was applied over the entire piece.  One section at a time, the stain was applied using combination of a sponge brush and bristle brush to get into the many nooks and crannies.  A dry brush was then used to remove the excess stain and to avoid puddling.   A dry cloth was then used to wipe down each section to remove addition excess stain.  After allowing the stain to dry, a microfiber towel was then used to hand buff the cabinet paying special attention to bring out the grain, depth and details of this magificant cabinet.  A top coat was then applied to protect the finish.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesRoll Out The Burl-El

Products Used

  • General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain in Walnut
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat

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