26 July, 2013
Rat Fink

Well, ya lives and ya learns.

Wood quality matters, doesn’t it. The sideboard — an older piece of furniture, handed down to us — obviously had some better grain to it. It was relatively easy to strip and re-stain (although I’m bummed I didn’t get the color match just right…oh well, it’s still pretty, and I usually put a table runner on it anyway), while theĀ coffee table, oy…it was terrible, and still is. We bought it at one of those furniture freight places — the kind that has the commercials where the used-car-salesman-type guy screams at you like you’re hard of hearing. I’m thinking it’s *not* top quality.

Needs at least another coat. Kinda looks like patchworked plywood under there, too, or worse, some kind of particle board. Still — it was my fault, and I needed to fix the problem. At least the stain color was a perfect match. I’m really reticent to strip and sand it off and start over; I’m just not sure it’s important enough to me to do it, when the grandsons use it a lot for their toys, games, video controllers, and occasionally, as a dinner or snack table. Meh. I think it’ll be OK.

Now, on to bigger and better things. Not sure what those will be, but the Thriller just rattled off some errands that need run, so that gives me another excuse to not go into the school house today. *fist pull*

Happy Finkday to y’all! Here comes the weekend for all my private sector fiends. And for the pensioners — and you know who you are — it’s just another day in Paradise. :P


  1. Well sweetie, I think they look just fine! You always have a table runner on the sideboard, so I doubt anyone would even notice the difference. You’re right about the coffee table. When you have grandchildren over all the time that use it a lot, it’s just fine. Once all the kids get older, then think about buying another one. Good job, kiddo!

    Have a wonderful day. It’s beautiful out there!

    • Thanks, Mavis! I have decided that good enough is good enough in this case. After the grandkids grow up…then we’ll talk about being fussy, but I doubt I’ll ever be that picky!

  2. It looks as though the original stain was sprayed on–probably true if the sideboard was production-line produced. Brush application of new stain wouldn’t match up. Give it a year–you probably won’t even be bothered by it. The new finish looks good though!

    • I hadn’t thought about the spraying on of stain. Good call! I am not going to worry about it, then. It’s a good, solid piece of furniture, and it still works great. That’s all that matters!

  3. I think it looks fine. Go pour yourself a cool drink and enjoy the front porch!!

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