Have you seen CeCe Caldwell’s new line of Stains? They have 4 colors, and I kinda love them all. I wanted to try it out because I really like the idea of being able to do a stain and a top coat all in one step!
I ended up deciding on the color Hickory for my first try. I think it’s a gorgeous color that works well with almost any color of paint – and since I like dual toned furniture, it seemed like a good fit.
The first project I tried it on was the Emily Set I showed you all last week.
I also used the product on the James Set, which will be coming out tomorrow!
Overall, I liked using the product and will definitely use it again. I really want to try the dark grey color that they offer! But I did run into some snags along the way, so here are a few tips to help you apply the product and avoid my mistakes!
I first stripped the finish off the veneer and glued down any veneer that seemed to be lifting up. (On the James set, I just removed the veneer all together). Then I sanded it down very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper (working along the grain) to remove any residual finish and the majority of the dings and marks.
Once that was done, I cleaned her up and removed any dust. Then I started to apply the stain.
I ordered my stain from Dear Olympia, and I must say – they are excellent suppliers of CeCe Caldwell Products. If you’re going to purchase the product online, I highly recommend them. They even included a chip brush for me to use with the stain so I didn’t need to go out and get one.
I just slathered the stain on really thick, making sure to avoid any obvious strokes where possible and working with the grain again.
Then I used a microfiber rag to remove the excess stain. Microfiber works great because there is NO lint – meaning your finish will look perfectly lint free!
I did half the table first – applying the product, then removing the excess. This proved to be a mistake, because the area where I had overlapped on the second side shows a deeper color.
I know the mistake isn’t SUPER obvious, but it’s something that would absolutely bother me, especially with the amount of work I put into the rest of the set. So I stripped it down and started over, this time applying the product to the whole top – but working extremely quick to avoid the product drying by the time I wiped it off.
This is the look I got after 2 coats of the product. You can use some steel wool in between each coat to knock back any raised grain. You can also buff up the sheen with the steel wool on the last coat as well – but I liked the way it looked without, so I skipped that step!
The product does get deeper with each coat, so you can keep applying the product to get a darker color, but I wouldn’t do more than 4 coats tops! I can’t wait to try some other colors!