- 4 years ago
yorp127: Absolutely! They don’t seem to carry any of this stuff in store and it’s not actually made by home depot (I belive it’s made in India?) so I sincerely doubt they’d do anything custom for you. Maybe try and find an unfinished furniture craftsman that’s local to you? I know there’s one in my town and in my hometown, I’m sure it costs more though.
As far as what I’ve done I got an entertainment/tv table, coffee table and two end tables for my living room and finished them before I assembled them. They come just raw light wood so give them a quick once over with fine or extra fine sandpaper and a light coat of minwax wood conditioner. Let that dry for 30 mins then I used minwax water based stain with a foam brush, going in sections and wiping off the excess after a minute or so ( I do NOT play with oil based, too much clean up). Apply a second coat the same way then another quick sand when it’s dry. Depending on color that might be all you need but I wanted mine dark so I put 3-4 coats total. Once that was dry I use polycryllic (basically water based polyurathane) and put 2-3 coats to protect the finish and make it shine some. sand very lightly in between coats to the level of gloss you want (I’d recommend 2 coats of satin finish) but don’t sand the final coat. Then follow the (super easy)assembly instructions and let them cure for a day or two (maybe more depending on humidity) before you put anything on top of them or it might leave dents/stick.
It’s a good amount of work but I did it in two batches, the entertainment center and then the tables a few months later. Each round took about a week of doing a coat or two every night after work and 2-3 coats on the weekends (you need about 4 hours dry time between coats) so it wasn’t all that bad, just took over my husband’s half of the garage lol
The next thing I do will probably be painted for a baby’s nursery so that means only 2ish coats of paint which is much quicker! Do your research on staining before you start and be prepared to make a mess the first time, it’s really rewarding to know you have something that looks like it came out of a catalog for a fraction of the price!
excuse the mess but these were the finished product: