If you're dropping in today and wondering what I'm talking about, I'll catch you up.
I got all inspired to finish the boys' room. Found a dresser on Craigslist and decided I should try refinishing & painting it. Then I started stripping and sanding on the weekend. Drawers look great. But not all the finish came off the dresser itself with the stripper.
Ok, you're up.
I picked a warm-ish day this week to sand the remaining finish off the dresser. It was warm, but it was rainy. So I set up shop on the front porch. (Warning: this is a post-renovation porch that hasn't been replaced or really even tidied up yet)
I started with a sandpaper block but it wasn't doing much.
Yeah, no. So I brought out the big gun and sanded away.
Which is when I found this....
Ugh. I had a bad feeling about this. It was in my gut. I should have looked closer. I just didn't think about it...I got too excited about turning it into my inspiration.
So I did what any DIY person does. I googled.
Turns out you CAN strip and sand veneer, but only if it's thick enough. Seeing as how I already stripped and was part way into really sanding this puppy, I crossed my fingers and forged on. Knowing that, thick enough or not, I can always paint this sucker and call it a day.
Back to sanding.
Aha! Much better than before!
There is hope. Moving on.
It was at this point that my neighbor came home. I didn't know he was gone. But anyone who has worked with a palm sander knows that thing is loud. So I sanded and didn't stop until I was done...cringing the whole time.
The left side looks just like the right side. Great shape. The top, however....
I don't know what that is. The only thing I can think of is this: the stripper penetrated the veneer and discolored it from below. :(
I'm still forging on. I'm going to try staining it and see what happens. The plan was to stain it dark anyway, so maybe the marks will disappear.
If not, I can always paint!