Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Dark-Stained Wood Furniture (in which Anne composes an elaborate story around Ken’s fictitious thoughts)

There are several different ways to get furniture you love.

One smart way would be purchasing new stuff that you like in the first place.

However, some people are gluttons for punishment and do not do this very often. #notnamingnames #yet

Perhaps these people on a budget and get hand-me-down furniture.

And are therefore being smart by not spending money. (See how it all ties together?)

Which leaves said persons-on-a-budget with furniture that they may not necessarily love.

Such was the case with one couple named Anne and Ken.

Anne and Ken were gifted a very nice, very sturdy coffee table.

Ken liked the curvy legs. (Though Anne may be making that up to intentionally say something slightly scandalous.)

The aformentioned coffee table was an orangey-honey color that did not particularly suit Anne and Ken’s tastes in decor. But the shape was lovely. “It has good bones,” they thought. Anne also thought, “What a weird phrase.”

They could have done things the “right” way and sanded off the varnish to get down to the bare wood, like they did with their dresser, which they now love.

However, having the motivation of couch potatoes, they decided to go a different route.

Enter Minwax’ Polyshades 2-in-1 Stain and Polyurethane in a chocolate-y Bombay Mahogany Satin.

Minwax PolyShades

One day, Anne had a tiny bit of motivation and got to work.

She liked the fact that all you do is slather on the stain and you’re good to go. No sanding involved.

(Anne also shunned the traditional “prep-work” to guard against drips and spills and, with guts, did this right in the middle of her living room. On the carpet.)

Minwax Polyshades in action

Here is the sturdy little coffee table after one coat.


And here is the sturdy little coffee table after two or three coats.

(Anne lost count since, having very little motivation, she did this over the course of several weeks.)

darkest--without sanding and restaining!

Finally, here is the sturdy little coffee table with its new look after Anne ran out of stain.

dark-stained coffee table

Anne and Ken now have a nice piece of furniture that they really like.

They did not spend much money on this makeover, which makes them quite happy.

Anne also did not make a giant mess on the carpet, and Ken is relieved about that.

He is also glad that he can finally put his feet up again after a few weeks of near-constant wet stain on his preferred footrest.

He is, however, rethinking his marriage since his wife sometimes says mildly inappropriate things about him and then composes elaborate stories around his fictitious thoughts.

The end.