My gate was in trouble. Layers and layers of varnish over the years were starting to blister and peel. I knew in my heart what had to happen but if you’ve ever done any sanding, the phrase, “Take it back to the wood” has to strike a certain amount of fear. But as you can see, there was no way around it.
Some old stain remained, but once the final coat was applied it added a beautiful patina.
Acceptance of imperfection. A little age is a thing of beauty, especially when it comes to woodworking.
Go all out, all the time! Don’t be afraid to turn up the power with decisive action.
Commit. Once you start, there is no turning back.
Reward. Be sure there is a glass of wine, a massage or jacuzzi (or all three) waiting at the end of the day.
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