Gel Salvation

By Tim Daniel, Co Owner at Rustic Rose

Winning Category

This project involved bring back a fine crafted antique dressing vanity. The beautiful walnut veneers on this piece made this restoration a no brainer! We started with a deep clean and removial of existing finishes, lots of hand work with denatured alcohol, including a little tooth brush work. Our next step was the application of Java gel stain to even out the newly cleaned piece, we restained the complete project excluding the drawers. The veneer on the drawers looked great in their natural condition. We then applied several coats of Satin Top Coat, smoothing between coats to get final low luster finish. Applied the original hardware with a little cleanup & polishing. We loved using the GEL Finishes and were very proud to place the piece in our Williamsburg Va. location. Posted on Facebook, it sold over the phone before the store opened the next day!!

Products Used

  • Java Gel Stain
  • Gel Top Coat

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