So...I ran into this piece and recognized that it was solid, CARVED, real wood. It was heavy and seriously...there are no screws. LOL! Like...it seems to have been put together by elves. So I scooped it up.
Then, I got it home and did some research on it. When I found out it was solid mahogany, I was like...WHOA. See...mahogany is super rare now. Something about them using it all up and not replenishing it properly. That's why it is so expensive when you find it. So then...I got scared. REAL.SCARED.
I didn't want to screw it up.
So I read everything there was about refinishing real mahogany because there was no way in hell I was putting paint on real mahogany.
First...I stripped it with Citri-strip. Then...I let it dry for almost a whole week. Next, I sanded it and then...I tried to repair some of the deeper scratches. Right now I've put one coat of stain on it and I'm letting it dry completely. I'll pick back up tomorrow with another sanding to fix the scratches even more.
This one is a slow and steady job so it might take a while to complete it. I'll let you know when it's done. I'm just super happy about the find. Real wood is expensive as all get out. Real MAHOGANY? YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!