I shared the makeover of a Mid Century Modern Credenza last week where I used General Finishes Gel Stain over the existing finish on the piece and wanted to share how I did that.
I think one misconception is that you have to strip and sand a piece down to bare wood before you can re-stain it. Sometimes that is necessary, but if you have a piece without much of a topcoat (sealer, poly, etc) and the finish is in good shape, you can go over it with a gel stain. Here’s what I did to darken the color and freshen up the finish on a mid century dresser. (steps and details below the picture).
If you have a piece that needs to be stripped because of a laquered topcoat or worn and chipped finish I have a video tutorial of how to strip furniture here. Stripping stained pieces really isn’t too bad.
CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on How to apply Gel Stain.