The mug holders were originally finished with a heavily-applied, light- shade glaze. They were likely mass produced (my aunt got them from TJ Maxx several years ago) and probably machine made/finished.
It took some time and elbow grease to get the old finish off, clean up nicks and water stains, and apply a new stain/sealer. It all had to be done by hand because the holders are pretty small and the individual hooks aren't removable. Anything for family!
Click on "Read More" to see the steps we took and learn more about the project.
Gear Needed for this Project:
- Item(s) to be refinished
- 220 Grit Sandpaper (like this)
- Pre-Stain (we used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner)
- Wood Finish (we used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut)
- Solvent for tacking down (we used Kleen Strip S-L-X Denatured Alcohol)
- Rags for applying the stain, finish, and alcohol (separate rags for each solution)
- Face mask - especially if you're working indoors (we wear 3M Tekk Respirators)
Pro Tip: Tack the piece(s) down with alcohol between coats of finish to make sure all particles/dust that settled on the object(s) overnight are removed before the next coat is applied.