Remember to test on a small, inconspicuous place

by chrisdaines on September 5, 2016 · 0 comments

We bought a table. A grand dining room table crafted from solid parawood. It came unfinished, allowing us to choose the color and style of a table without having to break our bank. Our furniture salesmen advised us to use General Finishes to stain/coat/finish our table.

We left with a plan. Tarps, sponge brushes, a large amount of blue shop towels, and two cans of General Finishes Brown Mahogany stain. A few weeks later, the table and chairs were delivered. I sanded with 120, then 150 grit sand paper. I sanded for hours. Every nook and cranny of ten dining room chairs and a large table.

We were told the chairs would be the most time consuming to stain and finish. We went to work on each chair. They came out with a nice brown look. It reminded us of driftwood — and not in a bad way. Sure we weren’t the superstar DIY furniture finishers. Sure we had a lot of staining mistakes. Most of them stemmed from attempting to use a water based stain in the summertime of the blistering Bakersfield weather. But we liked it.

Then we started on the table. It seemed a different color at first. We hoped it would dry differently. It didn’t.

We’re going to stain everything darker and hope it works out well. I’ve reached out to General Finishes on Twitter and privately on Facebook in hopes they will spot me a few cans of stain and topcoat or reimburse me for the $60 we spent on the products that resulted in this monstrosity:


Cookie Dessert

by chrisdaines on August 7, 2016 · 0 comments

Cookie Dessert  Preparation 1/5

Cookie Dessert Out of Oven 3/5


Cookie Dessert Ready to Eat 4/5

Cookie Dessert Gone 5/5


by chrisdaines on July 29, 2016 · 0 comments

Stain 1

Stain 2

Stain 3

Stain 4

Candid: Shopping at Avila Barn

by chrisdaines on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

Shopping at Avila Barn

Memorial Day at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park

by chrisdaines on May 27, 2014 · 0 comments

It is never easy when a loved one passes. Knowing they lived a full life and their when memorial is full of happy care-free children — that makes it a bit easier to bear. The added benefit of having the memorial at the picturesque Los Osos Valley Memorial Park on Memorial Day weekend made for even more introspection.
Children Reading Headstones at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park

Marines Corps Memorial at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park