I went to a funky antique-like fair last weekend and found this perfect table/cabinet. Even the color I wanted, a dark blue. However, they had refinished it and put this gold stencil on it. Ick!
I pulled out my handy-dandy sandpaper and went to work. Here is the front cabinet door with the gold stencil partially sanded off.
Because I bought this from the people who refinished it, they told me the paint color they used. My thought was to only sand and repaint the door. And I did.
After two coats of paint, the door was still noticeably lighter than the rest of the piece. Hmmm…maybe the wax will darken it up a bit. So wax on, wax off. That didn’t work. The door was still too light.
So I decided to go back to the people I bought it from and ask for a suggestion. My thought was they used a dark wax, whereas I was using a clear wax. Sure enough, that was their solution.
I purchased the dark wax and proceeded to apply it. It definitely darkened up the door. And I had some assistance too. Miko was in charge of buffing.
Here is the final piece.
Looking good! What shall I do next?