As promised in my last DIY "whoopsie" Dacey post...well...there's more where that came from! Like this post, where I manage to undo the damage I inflicted on the first piece of fine furniture Nico ever made.
Nico made this gorgeous gate leg table a couple of years ago. It's mahogany finished with shellac. It's fancy, so we use it in the entry way for decorative purposes. Like displaying pretty flowers!
Only it turns out even the most seemingly dry vase can leave water rings on a table. My bad. I now keep vases on placemat type thingies (pieces of marble with feet on them) that seem to prevent staining.
Fixing this really wasn't that big of a deal, it just took some sanding, an hour of finishing, and a couple of prayers. Click "read more" to learn what's what.
- Shop towels (softer, more heavy duty paper towels)
- 600 grit sandpaper
- Not pictured - a rag and mineral spirits that I used to clean off the sanded bits before getting my shellac on
Using your sandpaper sand down the ring and any other stained bits (we had a couple of non-ring mystery spots so I hit those as well).
You just have to sand until you can't see the line (not very hard or for very long).
Shellac should be applied with a smooth and soft surface. We used a Scott Shop Towel.
Quickly and smoothly apply a coat of shellac. Don't go over it too many times (or at all if possible) - it gets sticky fast.
Continue applying coats of shellac until you have at least 10 coats applied. You don't have to wait long between coats - only a couple of minutes. The coat is dry if it feels cool when you touch it with the back of your hand.
It looked $$$ after only 4 coats, but 10 should last longer and look better.
Another whoopsie Dacey miracle moment.
Stay tuned for my next screw up.