So.... I don’t know if this is blasphemy
, but I need your collective wisdom on how to proceed. My wife thinks she wants to stain this cherry wood table with walnut stain.
Background/Context: My wife wanted me to build her a farmhouse table, along the lines of this:
I was planning on building her a table with the top out of walnut and hoping to find a used table with decent legs for cheap since I don’t have a lathe.
Well, we found this table set for $50 (excuse the horrific pics, we had to fit it in my sedan and took it apart before thinking to take pics):
half of the top + chair
side of the top, neat moulding
It has four chairs + dining table - w/ 60”x40” top and 18” leaf.
However, the color of the table is very much cherry. My wife wants a darker, walnut colored top. We will paint the bottom white with Annie Sloan chalk paint (she is hooked on it for now...).
Anyways, my questions:
1) How will the cherry wood (it is not veneer, it is real cherry wood) handle the walnut stain? Is this a big no-no? And should I stain it by hand or with brush, or anywhere you might point me to finishing tips?
2) Should I sand by hand or with my Bosch sanders (ROS65 + OS50VC)? If you can tell from the pics, the wood is in a triangular pattern, so I am not sure how well I will sand between the lines and avoid scratches that will show up post-stain.
3) Should I scrap the idea of staining the top and just buy walnut for the top (she doesn’t yet appreciate figuring in wood... I am relatively new to woodworking and still winning her over...). Then I can just basically spare the legs from this current table and start from scratch...
4) Any other suggestions?
I found a tag on a chair that mention this is a CORT furniture piece and made in Vietnam... so not top notch quality by any means I imagine.
Also FYI: Tools are not an issue.
Grateful for your wisdom,