Up Close and Personal with our Tall Boy!

A few months ago (oh my god, its been that long!) we discovered this strapping tall boy. He was painted pale green in certain spots, had dark, rough edges and was in desperate need of a makeover. We removed the hardware, stripped the paint and started sanding away.

His top was separating in certain areas, so with some super strong wood glue (Gorilla Glue), we spread a thin layer around the edges and clamped the top down to let dry over night. The face of the second drawer was also rather weak. Thankfully for some beautiful tongue and groove craftmanship, we easily secured the drawer with a tiny amount of Gorilla Glue around the edges and also let dry. The glue is amazingly strong and OH SO STICKY!

Using a powersander and 120 grit sandpaper, we started to smooth away the edges. We sanded the piece down to expose as much natural grain as possible, leaving a soft, even layer.

No more sad green paint!

Next, the stain, ah! We choice Minwax wood finish, special walnut. It kept the piece’s original natural beauty and really brought out that tiger grain. Make sure you wear gloves! We used heavy-duty towel cloths to spread the stain. Make sure you leave an appropriate amount of time for the piece to dry. Remember, you can always go darker with additional coats, so start off lighter and work your way up. We definitely recommend at least a day or two between coats.

Well, two coats of stain later and the original hardware replaced, we have our very own new (old) tall boy brought back to life. And what is even more exciting is that he is making his debut at the The Events Company where he will be staged as a guest book area. Love Love Love!

Picture our tall boy in a dessert display, a bar area or a conversational lounge piece. He could be the perfect addition to the end of a ceremony aisle where your programs await. He’ll look even more handsome with some fresh flowers overflowing from either drawer!

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