I bought this bedroom set for $175 at a garage sale. Not bad, eh? It’s “solid wood” and originally from Babies R Us. Add the mattress and box spring from my storage room, and voila! We have a big boy room!
Wait a minute. That would be way too easy!
I couldn’t leave it that terrible piney color. (No offense, just totally not my style.) I wanted to paint it!
Wait a(nother) minute. Painting it would be way too easy, too! I wanted to do a paint/stain combo! Adam’s doors and trim are stained, so I thought this would look great!
So I started sanding. And the wood turned to mush. I’ve never had that happen before. I used 50 grit sandpaper with my palm sander, and the top layer of wood just melted off. I’ve sanded a LOT of furniture in the last few years, and it’s never sanded so easily before. I knew I should probably go over it with a finer grained paper (never done that before, either) but at that point, the project was going pretty well!
I sanded with my 80 grit, and stained! And almost cried.
Icky, yucky, sandpaper marks! Can you see them?
So my plan is to buy some finer grit paper, sand again, and stain again.
But I went ahead and primed anyway, so here’s a rough draft of the headboard. I plan to stain just that little top ledge on the headboard, stain the top of the dresser and the top of the changing table.
Have you ever had this happen? Is it because it’s a softer wood? Any advice??