Unfinished to Distressed

In most cases “unfinished to distressed” would be a bad thing, but in this case it’s not so bad, in fact it’s good.

Recently while traveling in upstate New York, I bought an old Underwood typewriter.  I have always wanted one, and there wasn’t any resistance from my other half, so I bought it.  When I got home, the place I was going to display it just wasn’t cool enough for my prized relic, so I decided to do a little distressing on a pine cabinet that until now had only been stained.

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So I began the process.  The first thing was to take the hardware off and remove the doors.

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Next I sanded everything down just a bit, then began to put on some color.  It’s best to work from light to dark, but obviously I didn’t take my own suggestion.

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Continue adding color here and there making sure not to cover all the raw wood.

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It’s coming along…doesn’t look too wonderful now, but it’s getting there.

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After the paint had fully dried, I sanded everything down.  When you do this step, make sure to sand down far enough to let the grain show through.

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Now it’s time to stain.  I like to use a dark stain, I think it makes for a dramatic finish.  Make sure to use gloves when you work with stains…they aren’t called “stain” for nothing!!

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Reassemble, putting doors and new pulls on and Ta Da!!!  The end result.  Now I realize this isn’t for everyone, but it suits me fine.  Different looks can be achieved with multiple layers of paint, even with layering words.

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