Kentwood Pair of Night Stands or End Tables

Submitted by Vol4Life1 on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 10:52

Project took me about 6-8hrs with cutting and assembly (each). I used Home Depot's Top Select Pine. I will be giving it a distressed look this week with Minwax's Dark Walnut!

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mhbalough (not verified)

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 05:48

Just finished the 2 Kentwood nightstands and they look like yours in this picture (untreated pine). Wow, these took a long time to do. I'm dreading the thought of finishing the insides of these. I also built shelfs inside. Can you post pictures of your finished nightstands. Any tips on finishing? Did you poly? I'm going to use a Minwax mahogany gel stain, but unsure of what to do after that.


Tue, 05/15/2012 - 13:49

Yeah, no kidding, it did take longer than expected. I ended distressing the tops and sides of the nightstands and the technique I use is...

1. Spay the surface with water. I use a regular misting bottle. This will soften the wood even more to allow the make for easier distressing
2. I used a combination of screws, hammer, chisel, and screwdrivers to make my indentions.
3. I do light coats of Minwax dark walnut on the wet surface to allow the stain to absorb deep into the wood and not on the surface.
4. Since oil and water don't mix the wet surface will not hold the stain on the surface but deeper into the wood.

It seems to work for me. Let me know what you think!