DIY Two-Tone Furniture Makeover – Part Two


Welcome back~ this is part two of the strip it, sand it, stain it, paint it and age it post.  To see part one of this tutorial, CLICK HERE.


I stained the tops and the drawers with dark walnut oil based stain from Minwax. Now, I wish that I would have had the exact same color by Minwax but NOT in oil base.  I wanted the gel stain. Sending my husband on the errand for stain was my fault and a fail. I suppose for arguments sake – he got 2/3 correct.  If he thinks those are good odds then I must remind him that is only about 66% accuracy.  I do appreciate him for going out for me though, so I did go ahead and use what was on-hand. (Note to self, er to husband, WRITE OUT EXACTLY WHAT I WANT & NEED. COMMUNICATION FAIL ON MY PART.) MARCO’s TAKE “I called and told her they didn’t have gel stain. She said get what they had.”

When I had asked my husband to go to the garage and take a picture of the stripper that I used for part one I got an unexpected surprise sent to me…Chris Farley stripping. UGH! The fool did make me giggle, a little.



This is with one coat of stain applied.  The details and imperfections in the wood look amazing.  However, I am not satisfied with the color.

I added a second coat of stain and achieved the results that I wanted for the two tone pieces.


Do the same to the drawers.  I let the second coat sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it down with a clean, lint free rag.  See the difference between one coat and two?  Much better in my opinion.



The aging process is really very easy. (Just ask me, I am approaching 40 and aging is {unfortunately} coming very easily to me – with each new wrinkle and dark age spot I see – not so glamours.)  Conversely, the aging process on furniture is much more beautiful.

Apply the same stain to the painted areas very liberally.

Scared? Don’t be. Just let it sit for a minute.  Drips and all.

Then wipe away for the desired effect.  If you applied too heavily, then apply more right over it and wipe it off immediately.  This acts like an eraser.  So, rather than using an aging wax – you don’t have to wipe then wait to buff it.  You also don’t have to worry about re-applying more wax in the future.  You just wait for it to dry – and violia.   This process really helps to tone down the brightness of the color so it looks less saturated and more sophisticated.


If you need more in some areas,just  apply more stain with a small brush to the crevices.

I did the same process for the knobs.

It gives the pieces a nice pop of color, don’t you think?

Here is the coffee table finished. DRUM ROLL PLEASE….



And the end tables finished. TADA!



Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *