I'm soooo loving doing these mid century pieces!! I don't know what it is about them!
I don't have them in my house and I'm not crazy about 60's decor (I grew up with
it for God's sake!). But I just like rehabbing these pieces. They're fun. Kinda like the '60's!
These are nice and solid pieces they made back in the day. This one used to house a TV. How very
cool this must have looked! Love the tambour doors which were quite the rage back then.
I sanded the old coating off to reveal the natural wood veneer. Sanded smooth again. Then I applied
a dark walnut stain to the areas I wasn't painting. (Yes I did sand that door,,,by hand,,,one groove at
a time.....sigh) I use a wood Seal Coat by Zinsser. It's a shellac base non wax formula. I swear by it.
Look at how smooth it came out. When you use the wood sealer, it's like painting on ice. The paint
goes on better and doesn't get absorbed into the wood. So if somewhere down the line, someone
wants to restore this, they can without having to hog down the wood. Use the wood sealer before
you paint your mahogany. Stops the tannins from bleeding through.
I thought about covering the bottom in glass mosaic tile, but I don't think it would make much difference in the price. And that would have been hours of extra work. So I found some extra fabric, and adhered it to a piece of luan. Voila!