an honest-to-goodness nightmare!
Remember I mentioned the pine used in these chests of drawers has been pieced together from many smaller pieces with different grains on each one?
Each section is taking the stain differently, so the colour is coming out patchy and uneven and while I thought a stain and gloss combination would be easier (one application) it really isn't.
A better way would have been the old-fashioned stain applied with a rag, then a gloss finish sprayed on. But even that method would colour unevenly with the different grains.
Too late now.
The top of the cabinet in particular looked awful with just the one coat and a second coat has made it very dark, not at all what I wanted.
Here's a tip: when an unfinished piece from Ikea says "ready-to-paint" that's exactly what they mean.
Which easily covers up all the different grains and tones.
I should have painted.
There will be no pictures and the second chest of drawers may not get done.
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